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The Love Letter -- Helen (Kate Capshaw) runs a bookstore in Loblolly By The Sea, a small fishing community in New England where everyone seems to know everyone else's business. A 42-year-old single mother, she is emotionally distant and fearful of getting too close to anyone. George (Tom Selleck) has known Helen since they were schoolmates, and he's been in love with her for ages, but has always settled for just being her friend. Convinced she wasn't interested in him, he married another woman years ago.
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Writers (WGA):
Cathleen Schine (novel)
Maria Maggenti (screenplay)
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Release Date:
21 May 1999 (USA) See more »
No one knows who sent it. No one knows who it's for. But everyone's getting the same message.
The power of words and images to open hearts. Helen runs, miles a day, to burn off energy: she's an emotional celibate... See more » | Add synopsis »
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An appreciation of the (often funny) kinds of feelings we have for one another See more (76 total) »


  (in credits order)

Kate Capshaw ... Helen

Blythe Danner ... Lillian MacFarquhar

Ellen DeGeneres ... Janet Hall

Julianne Nicholson ... Jennifer

Tom Everett Scott ... Johnny

Tom Selleck ... George Matthias

Gloria Stuart ... Eleanor

Bill Buell ... Officer Dan

Alice Drummond ... Postal Clerk

Erik Jensen ... Ray
Margaret Ann Brady ... Selma

Jessica Capshaw ... Kelly
Walter Covell ... Post Office Customer
Patrick Donnelly ... Bookstore Customer
Lucas Hall ... Garbage Man

Christian Harmony ... Garbage Man

Geraldine McEwan ... Miss Scattergoods
Christopher Nee ... Garbage Man
Marilyn Rockafellow ... Vivian
Breanne Smith ... Emily

Sasha Spielberg ... Girl with Sparkler
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Kelly Hawthorne ... (voice)
Katrina Romanoff ... Johnny's Friend
Sarah Sampson ... Young Lillian

Jack Black ... Fisherman (uncredited)

Directed by
Peter Chan  (as Peter Ho-Sun Chan)
Writing credits
Cathleen Schine (novel)

Maria Maggenti (screenplay)

Produced by
Kate Capshaw .... producer
Beau Flynn .... executive producer
Karen Koch .... co-producer
Sarah Pillsbury .... producer
Midge Sanford .... producer
Stefan Simchowitz .... executive producer
Original Music by
Luis Bacalov 
Cinematography by
Tami Reiker 
Film Editing by
Jacqueline Cambas 
Casting by
Mali Finn 
Production Design by
Andrew Jackness 
Art Direction by
Carl Sprague 
Set Decoration by
Tracey A. Doyle 
Costume Design by
Tracy Tynan 
Makeup Department
Melanie Hughes .... makeup department head
Frances Mathias .... hair department head
Brenda McNally .... additional hair stylist
Production Management
Lisa Dennis Kennedy .... post-production supervisor
Karen Koch .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Justin Muller .... first assistant director
Kristen Ploucha .... second second assistant director
Mary Ellen Woods .... assistant director
Art Department
Steve Brennan .... key on-set dresser
Manya Cetlin .... art department coordinator
Julia Garrison .... painter
David Gulick .... property master
Jane Gulick .... props
Paul Richards .... leadman
Kenneth Salter .... carpenter
Kurt Smith .... construction coordinator
John Tartaglino .... set dresser
Peter Wilcox .... carpenter
Richard J. Bell .... carpenter (uncredited)
Jack Coyle .... general foreman (uncredited)
Sound Department
Michael Babcock .... sound editor (as Michael T. Babcock)
Kelly Doran .... sound utility
Larry Goeb .... dialogue editor
Helen Luttrell .... foley editor
Derek Marcil .... sound re-recording mixer
Christopher O'Donnell .... boom operator
Andre Perreault .... sound re-recording mixer
John Pritchett .... sound (as John Patrick Pritchett)
Elizabeth Rainey .... foley artist
Victoria Rose Sampson .... supervising sound editor
Special Effects by
John Ruggieri .... pyrotechnician
Camera and Electrical Department
Alison Barton .... grip
Woody Bell .... additional grip
Eric Boyle .... grip
Mark J. Casey .... best boy
Linda R. Chen .... still photographer
Joe Collins .... first assistant camera
Scott D. Davis .... gaffer
Tim Driscoll .... key grip
Stefan Forbes .... additional first assistant camera
Adam Gilmore .... second assistant camera
Stephen Girouard .... grip
Brendan Keefe .... grip
Eric Komar .... grip
Roger Marbury .... electrician
Peter McAdams .... grip
Jack McPhee .... electrician
James R. Mitchell .... generator operator
Chris Nickerson .... electrician
Brian A. Pitts .... electrician
Michael E. Reynolds .... electrician (as Mike Reynolds)
Patrick Ruth .... electrician
Andrea Sachs .... gaffer
Brian Snyder .... best boy grip
Casting Department
Kevin Fennessy .... extras casting
Kevin Fennessy .... location casting
Emily Schweber .... casting associate
Darren Yesser .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Wayne Allen .... costumer
Bobbie Frankel .... set costumer
Debbie Holbrook .... costume supervisor
Dana Pacheco .... tailor
Editorial Department
Martin Cohen .... post-production executive
Liza D. Espinas .... first assistant editor (as Liza Espinas)
Jeff Smithwick .... color timer
Music Department
Juan Bacalov .... orchestrator
Luis Bacalov .... orchestrator
Tanja Crouch .... music licensing
Franco Ferrant .... musician: clarinet
Todd Homme .... executive in charge of music
Héctor Ulises Passarella .... musician: bandoneon
Ettore Pellegrino .... musician: violin
Riccardo Pellegrino .... musician: mandolin and violin
Transportation Department
William O'Brien .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Joseph Bouvier .... production assistant
Timothy R. Boyce Jr. .... key set production assistant
Benjamin C. Dewey .... location manager
Jonathan Frank .... production assistant
Quentin Lee .... assistant to the director
David Linck .... unit publicist
Stephen Lippross .... first assistant production accountant
Steven R. Molen .... production executive
Matt Power .... key production assistant
Timothy Rose .... production assistant
Cathy Twigg-Blumel .... development
Christine White .... production coordinator (as Chris White)
Mark Wyrick .... production accountant
Lynnanne Zager .... adr voice
George A. Parker .... dailies projectionist (uncredited)
George A. Parker .... process photography technician (uncredited)
Mike Sablone .... taffy master (uncredited)
Brian Wilson .... dailies projectionist (uncredited)

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Also Known As:
Rated PG-13 on appeal for some sensuality, nudity and strong language (re-rating on appeal)
88 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | France:U | Germany:o.Al. | Iceland:L | Netherlands:AL | New Zealand:M | Norway:A | Philippines:PG-13 | Portugal:M/12 (video premiere) | Singapore:PG | South Korea:12 | Spain:T | Sweden:Btl | UK:15 | USA:PG-13 (certificate #36560) (re-rating on appeal) | USA:R (original rating)

Did You Know?

Continuity: Johnny jumps in the ocean with his socks on but when he emerges seconds later his feet are bareSee more »
Janet Hall:Daddy's gonna play with his fire hose. That didn't sound right.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Flushed Away (2006)See more »
I'm in the Mood for LoveSee more »


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13 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
An appreciation of the (often funny) kinds of feelings we have for one another, 30 October 1999
Author: David Neal Webber ( from Santa Clara, California

Wow! I'm surprised to see so many negative and lukewarm opinions on this movie, which I had never heard of (apparently it was not highly promoted by the studio) but which I luckily stumbled upon on an international flight. I so thoroughly enjoyed it that now I'm interested in more by director Peter Chan and screenwriter Maria Maggenti. I did not know there was a book, either, but I've made a note of it for future reading, too.

I admit I feel a bit defensive now, in the face of the other comments here on IMDB. So, what did I like and why did I like it? First of all, unlike some other viewers, I thought the movie WAS very funny. It takes sort of a Steve-Martinesque view of the tender absurdity of humans and their feelings about each other (OK, OK, I just saw a stage production of Picasso at the Lapin Agile, and the tone reminded me somewhat of this). Although there is physical humor, too, what I liked most were light touches, like how Ellen DeGeneres' character instantly, wordlessly went back to working for her boss (played by Kate Capshaw) as soon as she got the apology she felt she deserved -- after insisting with great finality that it was all over.

I also felt this film was a celebration of the beautiful but almost lunatic breadth and diversity of the kinds of feelings we group together under the heading of "love": everything from young (and older) wide-eyed lust, to slow steady enduring commitment. As well as friendships, coworker relationships like the one just mentioned, family bonds . . . the list goes on.

Most of all, I guess I appreciated the fond, loving tone of the movie. The artists seem really to like, and love, people. Yes, there ARE quite a few characters, and they're all different ages and different sexes, they're about different trials and tribulations, but they're all treated with light-hearted love and respect, for the sometimes silly but vulnerable beings we all are.

So, if YOU like people, I think you'd like this movie.

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