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The Love Letter (1998)

Unrated | | Fantasy, Romance | TV Movie 1 February 1998
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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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
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Clarice Whitcomb
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Warren Whitcomb
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Mae Mullen
Richard Woods ...
Jacob Campbell
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Flossy Whitcomb
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Lavinia Whitcomb
Edgar Smith ...
Potts the Postman
Cara Stoner ...
Maggie the Maid
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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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1 February 1998 (USA)  »

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

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Trivia

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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In the video game Scottie is working on, General Stuart (as in JEB) is misspelled as Stewart. See more »

Quotes

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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References Star Trek (1966) See more »

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It's a wonderful, wonderful movie
27 June 2002 | by (Lancaster, PA) – See all my reviews

I love romance movies. I'll spend boring weekends just popping them in the VCR. I love time travel romances and after watching SOMEWHERE IN TIME for the 10th time spent an entire weekend debating where "the watch" originated with my husband and friends. I happened to catch THE LOVE LETTER on cable one rainy afternoon and by the end of the movie I had gone through an entire box of Kleenex. The "romance" between Scotty and Lizzie was so touching. I did think that the poems Lizzie wrote were pretty sappy but we're talking about the 19th century here. Whenever you watch a time travel movie or read that type of book, you really have to learn to suspend disbelief, but the way this movie was handled it seemed so possible. That they could actually feel each others presence across time was so beautifully handled. The music was hauntingly beautiful as well. My only quibble with the whole story was if the time portal worked from the past to the present, why couldn't it work from the present to the past. I felt so sad that Lizzie had to live all those years without Scotty. All in all it's a great movie. I would, and have, recommended it to anyone who loves romance.


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