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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 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
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
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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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: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)

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Continuity: Johnny jumps in the ocean with his socks on but when he emerges seconds later his feet are bareSee more »
Miss Constance Scattergoods:A thinning gene pool is a terrible thing to witness. Ah, civilization's crowning achievement: the cocktail hour.See more »
Movie Connections:
References Love Story (1970)See more »
feelin' AlrightSee more »


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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Pleasant romance, 1 June 1999
Author: cinemel from North Woodmere, NY

Kate Capshaw stars in this charming story of a divorced book store owner who finds a love letter between the cushions of her couch. Who is it from? Therein lies the tale. Working for her in the book store are a handsome college student (Tom Everett Scott), a feisty store manager (Ellen DeGeneres), and a sweet young teenager (Juliane Nicholson). Waiting in the wings is Tom Selleck, the town fireman, who has held a torch for Capshaw all his life. These are all pleasant folks to spend a couple of hours with. The town is picturesque and the background score is romantic (by Luis Bacalov, composer of Il Postino). It's interesting to note that everyone does not end up with whom you expect. Supporting roles are ably, though too briefly, handled by Blythe Danner and Gloria Stewart (Titanic). Director, Peter Chan, who has been involved in the Hong Kong film world, has done surprisingly well with this material which is so American. I'm sure we'll be hearing from him again.

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