Sleepless in Seattle (1993) Poster


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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.
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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.
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."
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.
The airplane scenes were shot at the Boeing plant in Renton, Washington - inside the sales mock-ups.
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.
Jason Schwartzman auditioned for the role of Jonah Baldwin.
(June 2008) Ranked #10 on the American Film Institute's list of the 10 greatest films in the genre "Romantic Comedy".
Dennis Quaid was considered for the male lead.
Parker Posey was originally cast in the movie but later cut. She appeared with Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks in You've Got Mail (1998).
Despite playing the role of his sister in the movie, Rita Wilson, is, of course, the real life wife of Tom Hanks.
Garry Marshall was originally slated to direct the film. He is the brother of 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.
In the kitchen scene while Annie is listening to the radio show, she peels an apple in one long spiral. Later on, to help calm Jonah down from his nightmare, Sam tells Jonah that his mother could peel an apple in one long spiral.
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).
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.
David Hyde Pierce, Victor Garber, Rita Wilson, and Tom McGowan have all guest-starred in Frasier (1993) which is also set in Seattle.
When Jonah says that when you reverse the record, it says "Paul Is Dead". This is a reference in 1966 that a rumor said that The Beatles' Paul McCartney died in a car crash and was replaced by a winner of a "Paul McCartney Look-alike Contest". The rumor also said that if you reverse some of their songs, it will send messages that Paul is dead.
David Hyde Pierce expresses psychological opinions to Meg Ryan about relationships, and in the course of discussion, remarks about Seattle's rainy weather. David is later cast as Frasier Crane's psychiatrist brother, living in Seattle, in Frasier (1993).
Demi Moore was considered for the role of Annie Reed.
Nicole Kidman was considered for the role of Annie Reed.
Natasha Richardson was considered for the role of Annie Reed.
There's a couple of songs sung by Gene Autry on the soundtrack. Gene Autry inspired the character of Woody in TOY STORY. And Woody was voiced by Tom Hanks.
Legendary American arranger Gordon Jenkins appears a couple of times in the movie's soundtrack: "As Time Goes By", sung by Jimmy Durante, is the Jenkins arrangement. The version of "Stardust", sung by Nat King Cole, is the Gordon Jenkins version.
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In Spain this movie's title wasn't "Sleepless In Seattle" translated into Spanish, as one would expect. In the past, the titles of movies weren't literally translated. This was the case with the film "An Affair To Remember", the movie with Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr, referred to in this film. That film was named "TĂș y yo", which was the Spanish translation of 'You and me'. So, when they re-named "Sleepless in Seattle" they used the translation of the original name of the Cary Grant film, naming it "Algo para recordar".
In Brazil, the movie is called "Sintonia de Amor", which, freely translated to English would be "Love Tuning".
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Included among the American Film Institute's 1998 list of the 400 movies nominated for the Top 100 Greatest American Movies.
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When Annie is in the airplane to go to Seattle, the book in her lap is "Pride and Prejudice", which could perhaps be an allude to You've Got Mail, where Pride and Prejudice plays a large part in Meg and Toms romance.
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Second movie with the song "A Kiss is Still a Kiss ( as time goes by)" in a Tom Hanks movie (the first one was Volunteers)
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks only share approximately two minutes screen time together.
In addition to on-location shooting, many interior "house scenes" were filmed in Seattle, including scenes that took place in Baltimore and New York City. Sets for the movie were constructed in old hangars at Sand Point Naval Air Station, a decommissioned naval base in north Seattle. The final meeting between Sam and Annie was filmed on a Seattle set that had been made up to look like the observation deck of the Empire State Building.
The ring, which belonged to Walter's mother, that he had sized down for Annie, is in fact a Tiffany & Company ring. Although it isn't being made anymore, there is a very similar one available- "Flower ring" for 4,900 dollars on Tiffany.com.
The song "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" plays after the call to the radio station ends in the movie Sleepleas in Seattle, 1993. This song is again played in the 1998 classic, You've Got Mail, also starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. This time it is played at the end when they both go to the garden.
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