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.



(short story), (television story) (as James Henerson) | 1 more credit »

On Disc

at Amazon

1 win. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Edge of the Garden (TV Movie 2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Newly single Brian Connor buys a long abandoned house in the country. After moving in he begins to communicate with a woman who lived in the house 50 years ago and who died under mysterious circumstances.

Director: Michael Scott
Stars: Rob Estes, Sarah Manninen, David Lewis
The Locket (TV Movie 2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A young man taking care of his dying mother is distraught and grief-stricken when she finally passes away. On the advice of his doctor, he takes a job in an upscale nursing home, and is ... See full summary »

Director: Karen Arthur
Stars: Vanessa Redgrave, Chad Willett, Marguerite Moreau
The Magic of Ordinary Days (TV Movie 2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Pregnant out of wedlock, an educated young woman is pressured by her father into an arranged marriage with a lonely farmer in this drama set during WWII.

Director: Brent Shields
Stars: Keri Russell, Skeet Ulrich, Mare Winningham
Before You Say 'I Do' (TV Movie 2009)
Comedy | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

George Murray's fiancée Jane Gardner gets cold feet after accepting his ring, terrorized by her first wedding with Doug, who cheated that very day with their wedding coordinator. After a ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Fox
Stars: David Sutcliffe, Jennifer Westfeldt, Lauren Holly
Always and Forever (TV Movie 2009)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Small town high-school lovers Michael Foster and Grace Holland née Anderson lost sight after choosing separate careers. Each's marriage to another failed in a few years, but Grace has a ... See full summary »

Director: Kevin Connor
Stars: Rena Sofer, Dean McDermott, Barbara Eden
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

The power of words and images to open hearts. Helen runs, miles a day, to burn off energy: she's an emotional celibate. Going through the post at her shop, she finds a romantic and poetic ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Ho-Sun Chan
Stars: Kate Capshaw, Tom Everett Scott, Tom Selleck
Candles on Bay Street (TV Movie 2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A single mom returns to her hometown after a lengthy absence, posing a potential threat to the marriage of her old high school flame and his wife.

Director: John Erman
Stars: Alicia Silverstone, Eion Bailey, Polly Bergen
Time after Time (TV Movie 2011)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

After returning to Long Island to confront his past, a journalist comes face to face with his future.

Director: Gary Harvey
Stars: Richard Thomas, Kaj-Erik Eriksen, Christine Chatelain
Loving Leah (TV Movie 2009)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A quirky love story revolving around the unexpected wedding and unconventional married life of a 26-year-old widow and her late husband's brother, a handsome 30-year-old cardiologist.

Director: Jeff Bleckner
Stars: Lauren Ambrose, Adam Kaufman, Susie Essman
Drama | Romance | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

This movie is about a woman who is trying to rebuild her shattered marriage. She and her husband move to an old Victorian style home, where she finds a beautiful dress in the attic, which ... See full summary »

Director: Frank De Felitta
Stars: Lindsay Wagner, Marc Singer, Alan Feinstein
Angels Fall (TV Movie 2007)
Drama | Romance | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A chef moves to a small town in Wyoming after her Boston restaurant is shut down because of a fatal shooting.

Director: Ralph Hemecker
Stars: Heather Locklear, Johnathon Schaech, Gary Hudson
A Season for Miracles (TV Movie 1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A miracle occurs for a homeless family consisting of two children neglected by their incarcerated mother and their protective aunt who is trying to keep them out of the foster system with the help of an angel.

Director: Michael Pressman
Stars: Carla Gugino, Kathy Baker, David Conrad


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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


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


Fantasy | Romance


Unrated | See all certifications »


Official Sites:



Release Date:

1 February 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


This film received critical acclaim. In terms of ratings, it was also one of four original Hallmark presentations that finished in the Top 10 (ranking No. 9) among more than 200 TV films in 1998. The other three Hallmark films were What The Deaf Man Heard (No. 1), Ellen Foster (No. 4), and The Echo of Thunder (No. 5) . See more »


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


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

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

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.

22 of 22 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Similar TV Movie? floray1
based on a book? KayseyKritter
It IS on DVD tony-baird1
The music from this movie was so.... Osslady2333
the poem sweetxdayxdreams
Is this on DVD? c_holloway57
Discuss The Love Letter (1998) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: