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Message in a Bottle (1999)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  12 February 1999 (USA)
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A woman discovers a tragic love letter in a bottle on a beach, and is determined to track down its author.



(novel), (screenplay) (as Gerald DiPego)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Theresa Osborne (as Robin Wright Penn)
Johnny Land
Lina Paul
Charlie Toschi
Marta Land
Hank Land
Richard Hamilton ...
Helen at the B&B
David Osborne
Susan Brightbill ...
Catherine Land Blake


A woman finds a romantic letter in a bottle washed ashore and tracks down the author, a widowed shipbuilder whose wife died tragically early. As a deep and mutual attraction blossoms, the man struggles to make peace with his past so that he can move on and find happiness. Written by CJ

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letter | bottle | love | beach | jogging | See All (35) »


A story of love lost and found.


Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for a scene of sexuality | See all certifications »




Release Date:

12 February 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mensaje de amor  »

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Box Office


$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$18,852,976 (USA) (12 February 1999)


£1,922,276 (UK) (14 May 1999)

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2.35 : 1
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Two of the rental cars had nearly sequential license plates: RZ-1551 and RZ-1553. See more »


Toward the end of the film, during a storm, presumably taking place somewhere far out in the ocean, Garret Blake is in the water trying to rescue somebody. At one point, it looks as if he is just standing on the bottom of a pool, with water up to his chest. See more »


[first lines]
Jason Osborne: [disembarking] Where are they?
Theresa Osborne: Um... You know, they're probably just running late, they'll be here baby.
Jason Osborne: I see 'em. Daddy! Daddy!
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Referenced in Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #7.175 (2009) See more »


Written by Sheryl Crow
Produced and Performed by Sheryl Crow
Courtesy of A&M Records, Inc.
By Arrangement with PolyGram Film and TV Music
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get swept away in this romance
4 September 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Spread the message and let everyone know that "Message In A Bottle" was an incredible sight to behold because it was the type of movie that cleared my mind of everything else and allowed to relax in my chair.

"Message In A Bottle" along with the writers as well as Kevin Costner, Paul Newman, and Robin Wright Penn swept me away to another place that gave me the chance to watch a brilliant film with no worries and enjoy an epic romance.

Costner, Newman and Wright Penn share the screen to tell the incredible, emotional and powerful story of one reporter's mission to locate the writer of three mysterious messages that turned up ashore.

The following events set off a tender and sweet romance between Garret Blake played by Costner and Theresa Osborne played by Penn. Also, mixed into this wonderfully crafted plot is Newman who plays Dodge, Garret's father who acts as a calming effect for his son when trying to deal with his newfound feelings about Theresa and those for Catherine, the object of the mysterious messages.

The performances by Costner, Penn and Newman seemed so natural it was enjoyable to watch actors not try so hard to do their best. I got the feeling that the actors truly cared about making this film the best they could for their fans because of the integrity and sincerity they brought to their characters.

"Message In A Bottle" was a powerful and inspirational movie to watch and will be treasured for years to come. In addition, it had two of my favorite actors and it gave me the opportunity to watch a brilliant actress come in to her own.

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