The Love Letter (1998)

TV Movie  |  Unrated  |   |  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:
Scott Corrigan
Elizabeth Whitcomb
Everett Reagle
Beatrice Corrigan
Debra Zabriskie
Myra Carter ...
Clarice Whitcomb
Warren Whitcomb
Mae Mullen
Richard Woods ...
Jacob Campbell
Flossy Whitcomb
Laurie Kennedy ...
Lavinia Whitcomb
Edgar Smith ...
Potts the Postman
Cara Stoner ...
Maggie the Maid
George Gaffney ...
Bike Rider
Scott's Boss


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.


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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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 »


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


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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Edited into Hallmark Hall of Fame (1951) See more »

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An Exceptionally Well Made TV Movie
23 August 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I came across this title in the IMDb as I have so many others -- by accident. The concept intrigued me, so I browsed and was lucky enough to find a relatively inexpensive used copy.

I must admit, to begin, that I was a bit biased, in that I am a time-travel fanatic at heart. So, when a movie is themed as such, I am a sucker for it from the beginning. Though the actual traveling in this movie is mostly by way of a seemingly "magic" desk and an unusually efficient U.S. Mail service (Wouldn't that be nice?), it nevertheless fell within my realm of my fascination.

I won't recap the story, as the IMDb does a good job of that already. My only comments are of the quality of the movie. I was pleased with the movie overall. Myself being a 29 year old male, anyone who sees this movie will plainly tell you that I was not the demographic that they were aiming for. It is a love story and I found myself very drawn into it, even with it's implausible premise -- but, we must remember that this movie IS a "fantasy" and it should be viewed with that in mind. Those who are looking for a good sci-fi flick should look elsewhere, because science does into enter into the picture here. It is a human story about two people who are separated from each other by time. It is well acted, beautifully filmed and well worth a look if you can pick it up at your local library, video store or online somewhere.

I give it 9 out of 10. My only critiques would be Scotty's coma 'dreams' which left me scratching my head a bit and the ending -- but I won't spoil it for you. Watch, enjoy and you be the judge.

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