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The Love Letter (1999)

 -  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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Lillian MacFarquhar
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Janet Hall
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Jennifer
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Johnny
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George Matthias
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Eleanor
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Officer Dan
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Walter Covell ...
Post Office Customer
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Bookstore Customer
Lucas Hall ...
Garbage Man
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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 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.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

21 May 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Destinataire inconnu  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$8,276,228 (USA) (16 July 1999)
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1.85 : 1
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Johnny jumps in the ocean with his socks on but when he emerges seconds later his feet are bare See more »

Quotes

Janet Hall: Daddy's gonna play with his fire hose. That didn't sound right.
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References Old Yeller (1957) See more »

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feelin' Alright
Written by Dave Mason
Performed by Joe Cocker
Courtesy of A&M Records, Inc.
Under license from Universal Music Special Markets
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my most favourite Dreamworks' film so far
26 March 2001 | by (Bangkok, Thailand) – See all my reviews

I normally don't like romantic films, but I love this film very much. The story is really touching, and the ending is very appropriate. I feel I really care for many characters in this film. I feel I can feel their feelings. While most romantic films always make me feel detached and bored, this one completely makes me feel involved, starting from the scene of Capshaw running along the beach with Scott until the ending scene. I want to rate this film 11 out of 10, because I want to give an extra one point for the ending. The acting part is very strong. Kate Capshaw has a good opportunity to show her talent. Though I'm not impressed with Scott in `Dead Man on Campus,' this film completely changes my viewpoint towards him. He's so irresistibly charming here. Geraldine McEwan is as terrific as ever.

This film might not be as good, complex, deep, or believable as other films which deal a little bit with the same kind of relationship, such as `L'ecole de la chair' or 'Post coitum, animal triste,' but `The Love Letter' can still be proud of itself as it casts a rare different light on that kind of relationship. And that difference makes this film eminently enjoyable. By being unambitious and relying on great charms of small stars, Dreamworks, this time you really make my dream come true.


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