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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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Postal Clerk
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Ray
Margaret Ann Brady ...
Selma
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Kelly
Walter Covell ...
Post Office Customer
Patrick Donnelly ...
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: [George is about to fumigate a beehive] *BE* careful! Get it?
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Features Sherlock Jr. (1924) See more »

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Si Mi Chiamano Mimi
From La Bohème
Composed by Giacomo Puccini
Libretto by Giuseppe Giacosa & Luigi Illica
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This film refreshes and enlivens
23 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film shows up on the premium cable channels quite often and, I find that I keep watching it over and over again. The performances are wonderful, and the material has so much happening that there is always something new to take away from the film.

Maybe I am too often distracted when watching films at home, you know the drill, the dogs bark, the phone rings, the popcorn finishes during the credits. But this film is about people and what motivates us, what enlivens us, what causes rifts between us, and what inspires us.

For me, it is films like The Love Letter that keep me taking a chance on new films. Frankly, I am surprised that the film is not better known. I would love to see Blythe Danner and Geraldine McEwan in many more roles. They are a delight to watch. Kate Capshaw is wonderful and I had no previous idea that she would be. Ellen DeGeneres plays a role that is much more complex than simply being the comic relief.

This film provides interesting visuals as a proper background to the characters and their interactions. I find it refreshing every time I take the time to watch it.


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