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Love Letters (1983)

Anna is a young woman who discovers her mother had an affair with a married man for 15 years, so she starts her own affair with a married man. She works for a Los Angeles public radio ... See full summary »


Amy Holden Jones




Cast overview, first billed only:
Jamie Lee Curtis ... Anna
Bonnie Bartlett ... Maggie / Anna's mother
Matt Clark ... Chuck / Anna's father
James Keach ... Oliver / Anna's lover
Bud Cort ... Danny
Amy Madigan ... Wendy
Brian Wood Brian Wood ... Frank
Phil Coccioletti Phil Coccioletti ... Ralph Glass
Larry Cedar ... Jake
Michael Villella Michael Villella ... Oliver's client
Jeff Doucette ... Hippie #1
Sally Kirkland ... Hippie #2
Betsy Toll Betsy Toll ... Marcia Newell
Lyman Ward ... Morgan Crawford
Shelby Leverington Shelby Leverington ... Edith


Anna is a young woman who discovers her mother had an affair with a married man for 15 years, so she starts her own affair with a married man. She works for a Los Angeles public radio station. She often must care for her alcoholic father and comply with his many demands. When she finds love letters, revealing her mother's longtime involvement with someone else, she develops a romantic notion of the idea as something suitable for herself. She meets a photographer, Oliver, who is happily married and a father. Their physical attraction is immediate and they begin a torrid affair, but he cautions her from the start that he has no intention of leaving his family. She has no objection, enjoying the sex and intimacy for the time being, until feelings develop and she begins to desire a permanent relationship, intruding on his privacy in the process, with unhappy consequences for all. In the end she finally meets the man her mother had an affair with and she decides to take a job offer at a ...

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Sometimes It's Right To Do the Wrong Thing.


Drama | Romance


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Did You Know?


Jamie Lee Curtis agreed to do the film for only $25,000. See more »


When Jamie Lee is visiting her mother in the hospital, she is wearing a sweater draped over her shoulders while her Mom, shot head on, is smelling the gardenias. In the next shot, as Jamie Lee is putting the gardenias aside she is seen without the sweater. And a few shots later, the boom mic is visible over her Mom's head. See more »


Contrapunctus 1
by Johann Sebastian Bach (as J.S. Bach)
L.A. Saxophone Quartet
Protone Records
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Jamie can do something other than scream
25 January 2012 | by badmoonryzn-1See all my reviews

This movie surprised me. Being a young man of thirty the video store guy said I would love it. He figured seeing Jamie in the buff was important to everyone my age I suppose. It would have done just as well without the nude scenes. Now don't get me wrong, Jamie Lee is a lovely woman and I love her body, but the movie could have stood fine on it's own. There are times when I think the studios use nudity for all the wrong reasons.

This movie actually held my interest It told a story of a woman who was involved with a married man. It did not tell the same old story even if it ended in a similar way. This was the first time I saw Jamie in something where she didn't scream most of the time and was able to act. She was great and her talents were finally showcased. The movie was nothing like I expected and normally I would have never rented something like this just because of the title. I enjoyed the movie and it gave me a perspective on things I was not aware of at the time.

It showed what total jerks people can be in these situations. I think it is worth a watch if you are interested in what can happen in a relationship like this, as it covers most of the awful things that will happen to both sides. Oh yea, it shows Jamie's ability to act too. This movie seems like it has been forgotten and not listed up until the last couple of years. If you look at several web sites that show Jamie's movies this one is not listed at all. I have looked for it from time to time wondering why I couldn't find it.

I saw it when it was released out to video back in 83 or 84 and the counter person said it was a pretty good movie or I would have not known about it at all. There were a few times where I wanted to get up and kick the crap out of a few people, so it got to me emotionally. That is not an easy task. This movie is difficult to talk about without screwing it up for someone who has not seen it yet. Cheers!

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Release Date:

27 April 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

My Love Letters See more »


Box Office


$550,000 (estimated)

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1.33 : 1
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