Sleepless in Seattle (1993) Poster


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The scene between Tom Hanks and Victor Garber crying over the movie The Dirty Dozen (1967) was completely improvised during the take.
The silhouette of the couple on the box of chocolates in a shop window outside Annie's house is, in fact, a silhouette of Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan.
The role of Annie was originally offered to Julia Roberts, who turned it down. Kim Basinger was also offered the role in the early script process, but turned it down because she thought the premise was ridiculous. After Michelle Pfeiffer, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Jodie Foster declined as well, Meg Ryan landed the role.
A pre-Seinfeld (1989) reference to the real-life "Soup Nazi": A male journalist is speaking as Meg Ryan enters an office at her newspaper, saying, "...he's the meanest guy in the world, but he makes the best soup you've ever eaten."
[June 2008] Ranked #10 on the American Film Institute's list of the 10 greatest films in the genre "Romantic Comedy".
The second of three films that Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan have made together.
The airplane scenes were shot at the Boeing plant in Renton, Washington - inside the sales mock-ups.
Dennis Quaid was considered for the male lead.
Jason Schwartzman auditioned for the role of Jonah Baldwin.
Garry Marshall was originally slated to direct the film. He is the brother of actor/director Penny Marshall, who directed Tom Hanks in Big (1988) and A League of Their Own (1992). She is the ex-wife of Rob Reiner, who plays Jay in the film.
Parker Posey was originally cast in the movie but later cut. She appeared with Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks years later in You've Got Mail (1998).
This film's director (Nora Ephron) wrote When Harry Met Sally... (1989), which also starred Meg Ryan and was directed by Rob Reiner, who appears in Sleepless in Seattle (1993).
Mary Kelly was the name Sam Baldwin gave as the eighth girl he "made it with" in college. Mary A. Kelly is the Script Supervisor and also played a bit role as the nervous woman on the plane.
David Hyde Pierce, Victor Garber, Rita Wilson and Tom McGowan have all starred in Frasier (1993) which is also set in Seattle.
Nicole Kidman was considered for the role of Annie Reed.
Demi Moore was considered for the role of Annie Reed.
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Natasha Richardson was considered for the role of Annie Reed.
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Director Cameo 

Nora Ephron:  When Meg Ryan's character is in the kitchen in the middle of the night listening to the 'best of' radio callers, the caller 'Disappointed in Denver' is voiced by Ephron.


The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks only share approximately two minutes screen time together.
The ring which belonged to Walter's mother that he had sized down for Annie is in fact a Tiffany & Co. ring. Although it isn't being made anymore, there is a very similar one available- "Flower ring" $4,900 on Tiffany.com

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