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The Love Letter (1998)

TV Movie  -   -  Fantasy | Romance  -  1 February 1998 (USA)
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20th century computer games designer Scott exchanges love letters with 19th century poet Elizabeth Whitcomb through an antique desk that can make letters travel through time.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Scott Corrigan
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Elizabeth Whitcomb
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Everett Reagle
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Beatrice Corrigan
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Debra Zabriskie
Myra Carter ...
Clarice Whitcomb
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Warren Whitcomb
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Mae Mullen
Richard Woods ...
Jacob Campbell
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Flossy Whitcomb
Laurie Kennedy ...
Lavinia Whitcomb
Edgar Smith ...
Potts the Postman
Cara Stoner ...
Maggie the Maid
George Gaffney ...
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Scotty Corrigan buys an antique desk and finds a Civil War-era letter inside it, written by a woman who died over a hundred years ago. Fancifully, he writes and mails a reply...only to have it reach its destination in the past. As Elizabeth and Scotty continue their remarkable correspondence, they find themselves falling in love, and more than restless about their impending, respective, marriages. Written by Kathy Li

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A love story that touches two lives....a century apart.

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Fantasy | Romance

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Hallmark Hall of Fame: The Love Letter (#47.3)  »

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Based on a short story of the same name by Jack Finney. The story was first published in "The Saturday Evening Post" on August 1, 1959, and reprinted in the same magazine on January/February 1988. See more »

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A contemporary "Chessie System" diesel locomotive can be seen in the background of one flashback scene at the railroad station. See more »

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Elizabeth Whitcomb: The hard truth is we are doomed to be chaste. To never touch each other, hear each other, see each other... so what harm can there be to write to each other?
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Time-Travel Fantasy...No Space Ship Needed ! One of the Best !!
21 September 2004 | by (St. Louis MO) – See all my reviews

"The Love Letter" was written by Jack Finney. If you are familiar with his classic time-travel novel "Time And Again", you will definitely love this TV version of his short-story "The Love Letter".

The leads are very competent. Campbell Scott, for those who don't know, is the son of the late George C. Scott...one of America's Greatest Actor's. Campbell has come into his own, and does very well. Jennifer Jason Leigh and Daphne Ashbrook are perfect as the female time-travel counterparts.

Remember: this IS a fantasy. But a beautifully constructed one at that. If you've ever wanted to reach back into the past for a long-lost love, this story will surely tug at your heart strings. And the ending is "just right" and very touching in its own way...there may not be a dry eye in the room when it's over with. And that's okay.

PS: Jack Finney also wrote one of the greatest Sci-Fi Thrillers of all-time: "The Invasion of the Body Snatchers". In addition, if you like "The Love Letter" and want more of the same, treat yourself to the above-mentioned "Time And Again" ! Time-Travel, Romance, Mystery, Fantasy...all wrapped-up in the full-blown novel that has become a true Cult Classic.


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