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Sleepless in Seattle -- Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan star in an enchanting romance about a widower whose son convinces him to find new love and the woman who answers his call.
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Writers (WGA):
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25 June 1993 (USA) See more »
What if someone you never met, someone you never saw, someone you never knew was the only someone for you?
A recently widowed man's son calls a radio talk-show in an attempt to find his father a partner. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Tom Hanks ... Sam Baldwin

Ross Malinger ... Jonah Baldwin

Rita Wilson ... Suzy

Victor Garber ... Greg

Tom Riis Farrell ... Rob

Carey Lowell ... Maggie Baldwin

Meg Ryan ... Annie Reed

Bill Pullman ... Walter
Le Clanché du Rand ... Barbara Reed
Kevin O'Morrison ... Cliff Reed

David Hyde Pierce ... Dennis Reed
Valerie Wright ... Betsy Reed

Frances Conroy ... Irene Reed

Tom Tammi ... Harold Reed

Calvin Trillin ... Uncle Milton

Caroline Aaron ... Dr. Marcia Fieldstone

Linda Wallem ... Loretta

LaTanya Richardson Jackson ... Harriet (as LaTanya Richardson)

Rosie O'Donnell ... Becky

Tom McGowan ... Keith
Steve Mellor ... Wyatt (as Stephen Mellor)
Marguerite Schertle ... Baltimore Waitress

Dana Ivey ... Claire
Brian McConnachie ... Bob

Rob Reiner ... Jay

Gaby Hoffmann ... Jessica
Matt Smith ... Mailman
Amanda Maher ... Clarise

Barbara Garrick ... Victoria

Victor Morris ... Seattle Maitre D'
Philip Mihalski ... Seattle Waiter
Donald J. Lee Jr. ... Seattle Detective
Mary A. Kelly ... Nervous Woman on Airplane
Diane Sokolow ... Tiffany Saleswoman
Hannah Cox ... Jessica's Mother
Rich Hawkins ... Jessica's Father
Tamara Plank ... Stewardess (as Tamera Plank)

Michael Badalucco ... New York Taxi Dispatcher (as Mike Badalucco)

Jeff Mazzola ... New York Taxi Dispatcher
Philip Levy ... Taxi Driver

Julie Janney ... Cynthia
Tony Zazula ... Maitre D'
John Boylan ... Elevator Man
Robert Livingston ... Elevator Man
Butch Stevenson ... Valet
Sidney Armus ... Information Booth Man
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Philip Anagnos ... Car Driver (uncredited)

Jason Bortz ... Baltimore Mail Clerk (uncredited)

Chris Byrne ... (uncredited)

Scott Duthie ... Tourist (uncredited)
Robert Minkoff ... Bit (uncredited)
William Rossman ... Driver (uncredited)

Nick Taylor ... Bartender (uncredited)

Directed by
Nora Ephron 
Writing credits
Jeff Arch (story)

Nora Ephron (screenplay) and
David S. Ward (screenplay) and
Jeff Arch (screenplay)

Produced by
Jane Bartelme .... associate producer
Patrick Crowley .... executive producer
Delia Ephron .... associate producer
Gary Foster .... producer
Lynda Obst .... executive producer
James W. Skotchdopole .... associate producer
Original Music by
Marc Shaiman 
Cinematography by
Sven Nykvist (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Robert M. Reitano  (as Robert Reitano)
Casting by
Juliet Taylor 
Production Design by
Jeffrey Townsend 
Set Decoration by
Clay A. Griffith  (as Clay Griffith)
Costume Design by
Judy L. Ruskin  (as Judy Ruskin)
Makeup Department
Colleen Callaghan .... key hair stylist
Leonard Engelman .... makeup artist: Meg Ryan
Sharon Ilson .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Patrick Crowley .... unit production manager
Paul A. Levin .... post-production supervisor
Jane Raab .... production supervisor: New York
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Donald J. Lee Jr. .... second assistant director
Maggie Murphy .... second second assistant director
James W. Skotchdopole .... first assistant director
Art Department
Charley Beal .... art director: Baltimore/New York
Kelly R. Borisy .... lead man: Chicago (as Kelly Borisy)
Mary Buri .... key set dresser
Rick Butler .... assistant art director: New York
Harold Collins .... construction coordinator
Charles Daboub Jr. .... set designer
Peter Damien .... construction foreman
Daren Dochterman .... illustrator
Steven E. Eyrse .... chargeman scenic artist (as Steven Eyrse)
Joseph Garzero .... stand-by scenic artist: New York (as Joe Garzero)
Chris Gibbin .... lead man
Gershon Ginsburg .... art director: Seattle/Chicago
Roberta J. Holinko .... set decorator: New York (as Roberta Holinko)
Brick Mason .... storyboard artist
James Mazzola .... property master
Jeff Mazzola .... property master
Michael McCombe .... greensman (as Michael J. McCombe)
Michael Moran .... key set dresser
John Oates Jr. .... lead man: New York (as John P. Oates Jr.)
Stanley Pasay .... stand-by painter: Baltimore (as Stanley Pasey)
Christopher Scheetz .... construction foreman (as Chris Scheetz)
John H. Schulz .... stand-by painter: Chicago (as John Schulz)
Wendy Skerritt .... art department coordinator
Bob Warner .... scenic artist
Becky Weidner .... set decorator: Baltimore
Suzan Wexler .... assistant art director (as Susan Wexler)
Michael Badalucco .... assistant prop man (uncredited)
David M. Bowen .... set dresser (uncredited)
Anne Hyvarinen .... stand-by painter (uncredited)
Silvija L. Moess .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Richard Salinas .... set dresser (uncredited)
Greg Wilkinson .... on-set dresser (uncredited)
Sound Department
Bob Balzarini .... cable person: New York
Louis Bertini .... sound editor
Stan Bochner .... sound editor
Kay Colvin .... cable person
Lee Dichter .... sound re-recording mixer
Dan Edelstein .... assistant sound editor
Harriet Fidlow .... adr editor (as Harriet Fidlow Winn)
Kirk Francis .... production sound mixer
Larry Hoff .... stand-by sound: New York
Kenton Jakub .... assistant adr editor
Richard King .... assistant sound editor
Michael Kirchberger .... supervising sound editor
Dan Korintus .... sound editor
Eytan Mirsky .... assistant sound editor
James H. Nau .... assistant adr editor (as Jim Nau)
Bitty O'Sullivan-Smith .... sound editor (as Bitty O'Sullivan Smith)
Warren Shaw .... apprentice sound editor
Mychal Smith .... boom operator
Paul P. Soucek .... assistant sound editor (as Paul Soucek)
Ira Spiegel .... sound editor
David Wahnon .... assistant sound editor
Larry Hopkins .... layback sound mixer (uncredited)
Ferenc Lukacs .... additional sound (uncredited)
Tony Martinez .... dialogue editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Bob Riggs .... special effects coordinator (as Robert M. Riggs)
Ray Brown .... special effects foreman (uncredited)
Casey Pritchett .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Randall Balsmeyer .... visual effects producer
Mimi Everett .... visual effects producer
Rick Fichter .... visual effects supervisor: New York
Daniel Leung .... digital artist (uncredited)
Michael Talarico .... visual effects camera assistant (uncredited)
Bruce Paul Barbour .... stunts (as Bruce Barbour)
Dick Hancock .... stunts
Barbara Anne Klein .... stunts (as Barbara Klein)
Conrad E. Palmisano .... stunt coordinator (as Conrad Palmisano)
Conrad E. Palmisano .... stunts (as Conrad Palmisano)
Rick Seaman .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Richmond L. Aguilar .... chief lighting technician (as Rich Aguilar)
Jack Bauer .... best boy grip
Lucas Bielan .... camera intern
Paul Caven .... assistant chief lighting technician
Jeff Cronenweth .... first assistant camera
Foster K. Denker .... rigging best boy (as Foster Denker)
Joe Hicks .... dolly grip
Kevin Jewison .... camera operator
Gene Kearney .... key grip
Bruce McBroom .... still photographer
Larry McConkey .... Steadicam operator: Baltimore
Randy Nolen .... Steadicam operator
Marty Oppenheimer .... director of photography: second unit
George Patsos .... key grip: New York
Paul Postelnicu .... second assistant camera: Baltimore
Darcy Spires .... second assistant camera
David Wagreich .... director of photography: second unit, Baltimore
William Ward .... chief lighting technician: New York (as Billy Ward)
Adam Berman .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Adam Glick .... set lighting technician (uncredited)
Neil Holcomb .... electrician (uncredited)
Jon Kranhouse .... aerial photographer (uncredited)
Donald E. Lange .... electrician (uncredited)
Lon Magdich .... 24 frame video operator (uncredited)
Michael Murray .... electrician: Baltimore (uncredited)
David Norris .... camera technician: Wescam camera (uncredited)
David Renken .... electrician: Baltimore (uncredited)
Rick Strodel .... grip (uncredited)
Animation Department
Kenneth Littleton .... animation director (uncredited)
Lawrence Littleton .... animation director (uncredited)
Casting Department
Eve Battaglia .... casting assistant
Amy Caton-Ford .... extras casting
Judie Fixler .... extras casting: New York
Aleen Keshishian .... casting assistant
Laura Rosenthal .... casting associate
Jodi Rothfield .... casting: Seattle
Katie Ryan .... casting: Seattle
Tina Kerr .... extras casting assistant (uncredited)
Mark A. Ridge .... extras casting (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Kimberly Adams-Galligan .... assistant costume designer (as Kimberly Adams)
Linda M. Boyland .... costumer: Baltimore (as Linda Boyland)
Paul Drost .... costumer: New York
Kaye Nottbusch .... costumer: Chicago
Sally Roberts .... costumer
Heidi Shulman .... key costumer
Marienne O'Brien .... costumer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
James Brown .... post-production assistant
Richard Friedlander .... first assistant editor
Agnes Grandits .... second assistant film editor
John Helde .... second assistant film editor
Bob Kaiser .... color timer
John Marston .... apprentice film editor
Betsy Mcmullin .... apprentice film editor (as Elizabeth McMullin)
Marcos Siega .... post-production assistant
Chris Lamie .... colorist (uncredited)
Lauren Waldron .... apprentice editor (uncredited)
Location Management
Kristin Capp .... assistant location manager
Debra Donaldson .... assistant location manager: Baltimore
Dow Griffith .... location manager
Amy Herman .... location manager: New York
Robin E. Woldorf .... assistant location manager: Chicago (as Robin Agron)
Music Department
Nicholas Meyers .... music editor
Nicholas Meyers .... music supervisor
Jeffrey Pollack .... music consultant
David Rogow .... assistant music editor
Marc Shaiman .... music adaptor
Marc Shaiman .... music supervisor
Tom Boyd .... musician: oboe soloist (uncredited)
George Doering .... musician (uncredited)
Dennis Dreith .... music arranger (uncredited)
Bruce Dukov .... concertmaster (uncredited)
Mark McKenzie .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Nick Vidar .... music programmer (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Robert T. Chestnut .... transportation captain (as Robert Chestnut)
Calvin Chin .... transportation coordinator: Chicago
Michael Luckeroth .... driver
Dennis Milliken .... transportation coordinator
Marshall Taylor .... transportation captain
Foard J. Wilgis .... transportation coordinator: Baltimore (as Foard Wilgis)
Charles E. Bauer .... driver (uncredited)
John Wolfe .... transportation (uncredited)
Other crew
Dana Armonda .... production assistant: Chicago
Tamara Bally .... production accountant
Randall Balsmeyer .... title designer: main title
Barbara Bass .... studio teacher
Sally Sue Beisel .... production assistant
Janey Bergam .... assistant: Ms. Ryan
Walter Bernard .... title designer
Deborah Boyd .... production assistant: Baltimore
Judith M. Brown .... studio teacher (as Judith Brown)
Ken Cabrera .... craft service: Chicago (as Kenny Cabrera)
Jennifer Campbell .... assistant production coordinator
Al Cerullo .... helicopter pilot
Terri Clemens .... production coordinator: Chicago (as Terri Clemmons)
Mitchell E. Dauterive .... production coordinator (as Mitchell Dauterive)
Andrea Dupras .... production secretary
Mimi Everett .... title designer: main title
Page Feldman .... production assistant
David 'Flip' Filippi .... production assistant: New York (as David Filippi)
Timothy Foster .... production assistant
Jennifer Gardner .... production assistant: Baltimore
Boris Gavrilovic .... production assistant: New York
Aussie Geer .... production assistant: New York
Milton Glaser .... title designer
Walter Glinowiecki .... craft service: Baltimore (as Walter Glinoweicki)
Sanford Golden .... assistant: Mr. Foster
M. Nord Haggerty .... production consultant (as Nord Haggerty)
Thad Hendrickson .... production assistant
Amy Henkels .... assistant: Ms. Ephron
Margee Hocking .... production assistant: New York
Nick Hubbard .... production assistant: New York
David Christopher Johnson .... production assistant (as D. Christopher Johnson III)
Murray Jones .... medic
Mary A. Kelly .... script supervisor
Paul Kostick .... assistant: Mr. Hanks
Diane L. Langone .... post-production accountant
Timothy Lee .... production assistant (as Tim Lee)
Sarah Manley .... production assistant (as Sara Scarritt)
Chandler Martin .... production assistant: Baltimore
Brian McDonald .... production assistant: New York
Steven W. McKinney .... production assistant (as Steven McKinney)
Addie Moray .... assistant production coordinator: Baltimore
Chris Northup .... production assistant: New York
Kevin O'Brien .... production assistant
Terry Odem .... assistant: Mr. Hanks
Judy Pursley .... assistant production accountant
Angela Quiles .... assistant production coordinator: New York
Lisa M. Rowe .... production assistant (as Lisa Rowe)
Elizabeth Segal .... assistant: Ms. Ephron
Alison Sherman .... production coordinator: Baltimore
Patricia Silkett .... craft service
Betsy Sokolow .... unit publicist
Christina Stauffer .... production assistant (as Tina Stauffer)
Debra Tanklow .... production coordinator: New York
Carmen B. Weets .... assistant: Ms. Obst (as Carmen Weets)
Jennifer Weiss .... assistant production coordinator: Chicago
Leona Willis .... production assistant: Baltimore
Kathryn Brubaker .... stand-in (uncredited)
Bundy Chanock .... set medic (uncredited)
Wendy Eaton .... double: Meg Ryan (uncredited)
Mark Haslett .... production assistant (uncredited)
Dominic Marcus .... adr supporting artist (uncredited)
Theresa Marsh .... first assistant production accountant: Chicago (uncredited)
John Marston .... location projectionist (uncredited)
Jill Maxcy .... production assistant (uncredited)
Catherine Marie McDonald .... assistant: Nora Ephron (uncredited)
Tammy Middleton .... production assistant (uncredited)
Joshua Daniel Solovskoy .... production assistant: Seattle (uncredited)
Jessica Wilson .... accounting assistant (uncredited)
Elizabeth Zagrany .... payroll accountant: second unit (uncredited)
Donna James .... special thanks
Christine Lewis .... special thanks
Gene Moore .... special thanks
Jay Schlossberg-Cohen .... special thanks
Crew verified as complete

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Rated PG for some language
105 min | Turkey:93 min (TV version)
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In "Everything Is Copy," the 2015 documentary about Nora Ephon's life and career, Tom Hanks reveals that there was another child actor cast as his character's son, Jonah, before Ross Malinger, but Ephron thought the first kid was not working out and she fired him. Hanks avoided specifying who that first child actor was.See more »
Incorrectly regarded as goofs: West Coast broadcasts of the New Year's ball drop at Times Square in New York are delayed 3 hours to midnight Pacific Time.See more »
Sam Baldwin:I'll tell you what I'm doing this weekend, I'm getting laid. It's the 1990's and nobody's getting laid. I'm the only man in America who's getting laid this weekend and I haven't been laid that much. Six girls in college, maybe seven.
[sees Jonah standing in the doorway]
Sam Baldwin:How long have you been standing there?
Jonah Baldwin:Forever.
Sam Baldwin:What did you just hear me say?
Jonah Baldwin:Six girls in college, maybe seven.
Sam Baldwin:Seven... EIGHT! Mary Kelly.
Jonah Baldwin:[holds Annie's letter] This is the one I like!
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51 out of 69 people found the following review useful.
Let's Talk About Love, 10 November 2001
Author: jhclues from Salem, Oregon

Regardless of how cyberspace has seemingly diminished it's size, the world is still an awfully big place, and it's impossible for any one person to occupy more than a minuscule portion of it at any given time. So it's imperative that individuals find that special niche for themselves, that little piece of the world that becomes their own, where they can live and love and engage in the pursuit of happiness. And once that `perfect' world is created, it's devastating when something upsets the balance, as in the case of this film, the death of a spouse. When the love of a lifetime is abruptly taken away, how does one recover? Can one recover? How do you go on when your heart has been removed? All valid questions that are explored and addressed in Nora Ephron's touching and romantic `Sleepless In Seattle,' starring Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks. The film begins on a somber note, with the funeral of Maggie Baldwin (Carey Lowell), respectively the wife and mother of Sam Baldwin (Hanks) and his son, Jonah (Ross Malinger). Maggie was the love of Sam's life, and inconsolable after her passing, he decides the best thing for himself and his son is to move to another city and try for a fresh start. So they head west as far as possible, to Seattle, where Sam remains unable to emerge from the funk of his loss. Christmas and New Year's is especially tough on Sam and Jonah, and around this time Jonah happens to tune into a late night talk show featuring Dr. Marcia Fieldstone (Caroline Aaron), whose job is to help her listeners with their problems. Jonah calls her and tells their story, then takes the phone to his dad in the next room, and in deference to his son, Sam consents to talk about his situation on National radio. In the Baltimore area, writer Annie Reed (Ryan) is listening, and touched by the sincerity in Sam's voice, she cajoles an assignment that subsequently takes her to Seattle, where she attempts to hook up with Sam, a man she knows only as a needful, disembodied voice from the radio.

So begins a romantic odyssey that probably could only happen in the movies, but it makes no difference because in Ephron's capable hands, this story works, and it works beautifully. There's a line in the movie, in fact, that kind of sums it all up: Becky (played by Rosie O'Donnell) says something to the effect to Annie that, `You don't want love, you want `movie' love. And maybe that's why this movie is so endearing and enduring; it's about the kind of love you find in a perfect world, the kind of love everybody wants and needs (though few will admit it, even to themselves) but rarely finds, and Ephron knows exactly how to make it connect with her audience. It has to do with understanding basic human needs and knowing how to translate it all into a cinematic art form that will effectively reach those who see it. And Nora Ephron does it as well-- or possibly better-- than any director before or since, and as she proved later with `You've Got Mail,' this film was no fluke; she knows her stuff, and she knows how to deliver it. It's intentionally and shamelessly sentimental, but rather than maudlin, Ephron hits just the right emotional tone, and it's perfect, from the romance to the humor she injects at just the right moment to offset the drama, to the music-- using just the right song at just the right time-- that does so much to enhance the story.

Having a great cast, of course, certainly helped her in her endeavor, beginning with Tom Hanks who, with his portrayal of Sam, demonstrates once again what a consummate actor he is. Few actors can step into any given genre of film and create a character that is so complete and believable every time out the way Hanks can. Some of his characters may share some traits and have similarities, but he manages to make each one unique, which is quite a feat. When you can watch Hanks and forget that you're watching `Hanks,' you know he's accomplished something. As an actor he is remarkably giving, and so undaunted when it comes to using and exposing what he has inside. And his ability to circumvent any natural inhibitions makes him great at what he does, and it's what makes a character like Sam so memorable.

Meg Ryan, as well, is an accomplished actor who can play drama as well as comedy (check out her performance in `When A Man Loves A Woman'), but she really sparkles in romantic comedies like this one, and she is absolutely perfect for the role of Annie (just as she was for her role in `You've Got Mail'). She makes Annie a very real person, and through her we can empathize with Sam's situation, as she enables and allows the audience to experience what she is feeling right along with her. Ryan, through her character, makes that emotional involvement possible, and it's one of the strengths of the film. And like Hanks with Sam, Ryan makes Annie a character you're going to remember.

The exemplary supporting cast includes Bill Pullman (Walter), Rita Wilson (Suzy), Victor Gerber (Greg), Tom Riis Farrell (Rob), David Hyde Pierce (Dennis), Dana Ivey (Claire), Gaby Hoffman (Jessica) and Rob Reiner (Jay). Essentially a poignant and heart-felt treatise by Nora Ephron on life and love, `Sleepless In Seattle' is a film that offers a multitude of rewards if you are simply willing to reach out and open yourself up to it. All you have to do is let it in. Do it, and you'll be glad you did, guaranteed. It's the magic of the movies. I rate this one 10/10.

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