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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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(novel), (screenplay) (as Gerald DiPego)

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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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Storyline

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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Box Office

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

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 »

Goofs

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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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Referenced in Richard Roeper & the Movies: Dear John (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

I Could Not Ask For More
Written by Diane Warren
Produced by Matt Serletic
Performed by Edwin McCain
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
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When is it going to end?
4 March 1999 | by See all my reviews

Boy, was I disappointed with this one! It was probably the worst film I've seen since "A River Runs Through It" which would be the kindling for my bonfire of terrible films. This is a movie about a man who is obsessed with his deceased wife. That's it. That's the whole 2.5 hours. It is the second most agonizingly long, boring movie that I've wasted my money on (The aforementioned movie is still #1). The plot was awful, the acting was even worse. I think Kevin and Paul should be ashamed they made this horrible picture and the writer should be banned from ever writing another script. The cinematography was about the only redeemable facet of the movie. I actually applauded at the end because I was so happy it was finally over. Save your money on this one and rent any other Costner or Newman film, you'll thank me. Really you will.


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