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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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  (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:
John J. Burke ... Restaurant patron

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

Jack Black ... Fisherman (uncredited)

Directed by
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 .... post-production supervisor (as Lisa Dennis Kennedy)
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
Bobby Anderson .... picture cars
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
Steve Cawood .... armourer
Neil Mountain .... armourer supervisor
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
Location Management
Benjamin C. Dewey .... location manager
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
Jonathan Frank .... production assistant
Quentin Lee .... assistant to the director
David Linck .... unit publicist
Stephen Lippross .... first assistant production accountant
Anthony L. Mariani .... production assistant
Steven R. Molen .... production executive
Matt Power .... key production assistant
Timothy Rose .... production assistant
Cathy Twigg .... development (as Cathy Twigg-Blumel)
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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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:Tous publics | Germany:0 | 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?

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 »
Continuity: Johnny jumps in the ocean with his socks on but when he emerges seconds later his feet are bareSee more »
Lillian MacFarquhar:It's one of the ironies of my otherwise straight forward life that I have fallen in love twice. Both times with people who insist on living in this godforsaken town.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Flushed Away (2006)See more »
I'm in the Mood for LoveSee more »


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8 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
my most favourite Dreamworks' film so far, 26 March 2001
Author: sleepsev ( from Bangkok, Thailand

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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