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Writers (WGA):
Jack Finney (short story)
James S. Henerson (television story)
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Release Date:
1 February 1998 (USA) See more »
A love story that touches two lives....a century apart.
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Campbell Scott ... Scott Corrigan

Jennifer Jason Leigh ... Elizabeth Whitcomb

David Dukes ... Everett Reagle

Estelle Parsons ... Beatrice Corrigan

Daphne Ashbrook ... Debra Zabriskie
Myra Carter ... Clarice Whitcomb

Gerrit Graham ... Warren Whitcomb

Irma P. Hall ... Mae Mullen
Richard Woods ... Jacob Campbell

Kali Rocha ... Flossy Whitcomb
Laurie Kennedy ... Lavinia Whitcomb
Edgar Smith ... Potts the Postman
Cara Stoner ... Maggie the Maid
George Gaffney ... Bike Rider

Tom Riis Farrell ... Scott's Boss

Mark Joy ... Celebrity Author

Linda Powell ... Doctor
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Timothy J. Crowe ... Charging Union Soldier
Paul D'Elia ... Desk Jockey
Cal Johnson ... Confederate Soldier
Dick Cheatham ... Union Officer with Dance Invitation (uncredited)
David Foster ... Conductor (archive footage) (uncredited)
Raymond H. Johnson ... Dignitary at the Ball (uncredited)
Sandra Martin Hudgins ... Mrs. Reed (uncredited)

Michael Ruff ... Wounded Soldier (uncredited)
Chax Stern ... Confederate (uncredited)
Sam Wells ... Howard Lee (uncredited)

Directed by
Dan Curtis 
Writing credits
Jack Finney (short story)

James S. Henerson (television story) (as James Henerson)

James S. Henerson (teleplay) (as James Henerson)

Produced by
Dan Curtis .... producer
Lynn Raynor .... co-producer
Brent Shields .... co-executive producer
Richard Welsh .... executive producer
Original Music by
Bob Cobert 
Cinematography by
Eric Van Haren Noman 
Paul M. Pollard (uncredited)
Film Editing by
Bill Blunden 
Casting by
Lynn Kressel 
Production Design by
Jan Scott 
Art Direction by
Ann Champion 
Set Decoration by
Erica Rogalla 
Costume Design by
Dorothy Amos 
Makeup Department
Patricia Androff .... co-key makeup artist
Bob Harper .... key hair stylist (as Robert Harper)
Sally J. Harper .... key hair stylist (as Sally Harper)
Janeen Schreyer .... co-key makeup artist
Susan 'Star' Orr .... key hair assistant (uncredited)
Jennifer Santiago .... assistant hair stylist (uncredited)
Production Management
James T. Davis .... unit production manager
Andrea Lapins .... post-production supervisor
Kathleen M. Straub .... executive in charge of production (as Kathleen Straub)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Donald P.H. Eaton .... first assistant director
Lynn Wegenka .... second assistant director
Art Department
Richard Blankenship .... construction coordinator
Dick Kyker .... property master
A. Patrick Storey .... set dresser
Clifford D. Eubank .... gangboss (uncredited)
Patrick Fulton .... lead scenic artist (uncredited)
Bruce C. Knight II .... assistant property master (uncredited)
Jennie Hill Robinson .... construction buyer (uncredited)
Jennie Hill Robinson .... greensman (uncredited)
Richard Salinas .... painter (uncredited)
Sound Department
Jim Hawkins .... production sound mixer
Devin Joseph .... dialogue editor
Sherry Klein .... re-recording mixer
Michael O'Corrigan .... supervising sound editor
Freddy Chancellor .... boom operator (uncredited)
Paul Drenning .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Jonathan Golodner .... sound editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Bob Shelley .... special effects
Anderson Martin .... stunt performer
Anderson Martin .... stunts
Cal Johnson .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Stephen Beasley .... best boy electric
Robert Driskell .... gaffer (as Robert A. Driskell Jr.)
Charles A. Harris .... key rigging grip
Billy Sherrill .... key grip
Steven Aquilino .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Greg Martin .... grip (uncredited)
Antony Platt .... still photographer (uncredited)
Paul M. Pollard .... camera operator (uncredited)
Casting Department
Tracy Kilpatrick .... casting director: Virginia
Susie Farris .... casting assistant (uncredited)
Lynn Kressel .... casting: New York (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Christine Bieselin Clark .... costumer (uncredited)
Malou Magnusson .... costume supervisor (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Melissa Gearhart .... assistant editor (as Melissa M. Gearhart)
Location Management
Mark Cottrell .... location manager (as Mark Cotrell)
Music Department
Chris Ledesma .... music editor
Bob Beecher .... assistant music editor (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Mike Davis .... transportation coordinator (as Michael Davis)
Other crew
Larry K. Johnson .... script supervisor
Michael Todd Schlenker .... production coordinator
Deborah Bacquel .... production accountant (uncredited)
Denise Blasor .... adr (uncredited)
Brett Cranford .... production coordinator (uncredited)
Amanda Curry .... first assistant accountant (uncredited)
Billy L. 'Butch' Frank .... wrangler gang boss (uncredited)
Gwendolyn Glenn .... choreographer (uncredited)
Molly Proctor .... payroll accountant (uncredited)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Hallmark Hall of Fame: The Love Letter (#47.3)" - USA (anthology series)
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99 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

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 »
Anachronisms: The historic 1 cent stamps used in the correspondences would cost Scottie $17500. in 2014 funds making these love letters a very expensive endeavor for Scottie.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 »
Movie Connections:
References Gone with the Wind (1939)See more »


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23 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
Time-Travel Fantasy...No Space Ship Needed ! One of the Best !!, 21 September 2004
Author: jonnieking from St. Louis MO

"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. 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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