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Message in a Bottle (1999)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance | 12 February 1999 (USA)
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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Theresa (as Robin Wright Penn)
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Johnny Land
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Lina
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Charlie
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Marta
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Hank
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Alva
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Andy
Richard Hamilton ...
Chet
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Helen At The B&B
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David
Susan Brightbill ...
Catherine
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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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A story of love lost and found.

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Drama | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for a scene of sexuality | See all certifications »
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12 February 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mensaje de amor  »

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Budget:

$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,852,976, 12 February 1999, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$52,880,016

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$118,880,016
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This movie is set in North Carolina, but at the end of the movie when Dodge is brought to Garrets boat the Game Wardens sleeve patches have the state of Maine Logo. See more »

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As Theresa opens her car door preparing to head back to Chicago, she turns and kisses Garrett goodbye. The car door closes and opens again between shots. See more »

Quotes

[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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"Girl with lantern" painting by Helen Turner Greenville County Museum of Art See more »

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No Mermaid
Written by Sinéad Lohan
Performed by Sinéad Lohan
Courtesy of Interscope Records
Under license from Universal Music Special Markets
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A romantic offering with appeal to women.
24 January 2000 | by See all my reviews

How private is a message set afloat in a bottle? Not at all, according to this film. Finders keepers, and if it makes a good story, publish it on the front page of the daily press. Garret (Kevin Costner) loves Catherine beyond the grave, and being a boat-builder, with the sea at his doorstep, he sends messages to her in a sealed bottle. Theresa (Robin Wright Penn) relaxing by the sea finds a bottle protruding from the wet sand and is much impressed by the expressions of love in the romantic message. As a newspaper researcher she seeks out the author and predictably they fall in love. I think this film would largely appeal to women. The dialogue and the romantic situations are believable as the story slowly but steadily unfolds. The photography of the seascapes and sunsets is very appealing and the background music suitably romantic and never obtrusive. The acting throughout is very controlled. The shy Garret devoted to the memory of Catherine slowly changes as this new woman enters his life. Theresa still suffering from a broken marriage and still uncertain of her future is beautifully played as the message continues to weave its spell. Garret's crotchety old father is played with all stops out by Paul Newman - a rascally fellow with firm ideas about what is good for his son. There are a few noisy scenes in the film, and necessary, I think, because the overall tenor of the film is somewhat subdued with the two shy central characters. Not a great film by any means , but the story has a certain charm. I am sure we would all like to find a message in a bottle - much more exciting than receiving an E-mail - and I guaratee that, human nature being what it is, we'd read it too.


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