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The Love Letter (1999)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 21 May 1999 (USA)
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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 »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Officer Dan
Postal Clerk
Margaret Ann Brady ...
Walter Covell ...
Post Office Customer
Patrick Donnelly ...
Bookstore Customer
Lucas Hall ...
Garbage Man


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 letter between the couch cushions, unsigned, and thinks it's for her. It melts her resistance to feelings, and soon she undertakes an affair with Johnny, a collegiate employee. (He sees the letter and thinks she wrote it to him; he quotes some of it, so she thinks he wrote it to her.) In the background are Helen's long-time friend, George, who loves her, and her mother who abruptly left on a long trip months' before. Discovering who actually wrote the letter brings insight and promise. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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No one knows who sent it. No one knows who it's for. But everyone's getting the same message.


Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 on appeal for some sensuality, nudity and strong language | See all certifications »




Release Date:

21 May 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Destinataire inconnu  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$2,692,819 (USA) (21 May 1999)


$8,276,228 (USA) (16 July 1999)

Company Credits

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


This was the film Tom Selleck was intended to plug during his appearance on the Rosie O'Donnell Show. Instead the now famous aggressive debate over gun laws ensued. See more »


Johnny jumps in the ocean with his socks on but when he emerges seconds later his feet are bare See more »


Janet Hall: [George is about to fumigate a beehive] *BE* careful! Get it?
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Referenced in Flushed Away (2006) See more »


I've Never Been In Love Before
Written by Frank Loesser
Performed by Chet Baker
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from EMI Music Special Markets
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A gentle gem to recommend to people who love good film.
1 April 2001 | by (columbus, oh) – See all my reviews

An exceptionally well-done film. Not Hollywood-ish, thus some mixed reviews. But I've viewed this 4 or 5 times, and love it. The editing and pacing are unusually synced to produce the feel of a special film. the music is a big plus. This is a gem to recommend to people who love good film, not those who want yet another blockbuster. Allow yourself the time and focus to move to the same pace, and you'll be rewarded. And the fact that the locus is a bookshop, the home of books which are similarly low-tech and rewarding is a fine match

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