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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.



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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
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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  »

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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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This is the 1st film adaptation from a Nicholas Sparks novel. See more »


Theresa rents different cars each time she goes to North Carolina, but they all have the same license plate (RZ-1553). 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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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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