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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)
6 nominations. See more awards »



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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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Plot Keywords:

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  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$52,799,004 (USA) (7 May 1999)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The sites that were finally chosen for most of the shooting of the scenes of Garret's hometown were Northport and Popham Beach, Maine. Over $250,000. of renovations were done to the seasonal home in Popham that became Garret's house, including the addition of the room which held Catherine's artwork and the adjacent living room with fireplace (faux). At the end of filming the owner of the house demanded that it be returned to its original state costing the production company nearly as much to undo. See more »


When Theresa and Garrett are at Garret's house for the steak dinner, he offers to pour her a glass of wine, which she accepts, but then begins to walk around his house empty handed. All of a sudden, while exploring, a glass of wine appears in her hand. 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 Frasier: Sharing Kirby (2001) 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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it is just an unusual story, well played and shot. Paul Newman is great
25 April 1999 | by (Tel Aviv, Israel) – See all my reviews

This movie has all the ingredients you need on a Sunday afternoon--it is happy and sad, funny and melancholic, optimistic but realistic, expected but unexpected, just what life is all about. Photography is just breathtaking, and oh, Chicago looks fantastic. There are some witty lines. Paul Newman is doing a great little role--Oscar? MUST SEE!

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