After his wife Maggie passes away, Sam Baldwin and his 8-year-old son Jonah relocate from Chicago to Seattle to escape the grief associated with Maggie's death. Eighteen months later Sam is still grieving and can't sleep. Although Jonah misses his mother, he wants his father to get a new wife despite Sam having not even contemplated dating again. On Christmas Eve, Sam (on Jonah's initiative) ends up pouring his heart out on a national radio talk show about his magical and perfect marriage to Maggie, and how much he still misses her. Among the many women who hear Sam's story and fall in love with him solely because of it is Annie Reed, a Baltimore-based newspaper writer. Annie's infatuation with Sam's story and by association Sam himself is despite being already engaged. But Annie's relationship with her straight-laced fiancé Walter is unlike her dream love life in the movie An Affair to Remember (1957). She even writes to Sam proposing they meet atop the Empire State Building on ...Written by
Nora Ephron managed to get Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan when they suddenly became available when their starring vehicle "Inns of New England" for Lawrence Kasdan was cancelled for budgetary reasons. See more »
The sequence Annie is taking to Sam's houseboat, which is on Westlake Ave. N, is wrong. She is taking I-5 North, and then is seen taken a right off of Western Ave. which is over one mile to the west of the freeway onto the street which she turned east, meaning she is heading back to the freeway. Then she is seen going southbound onto Westlake Ave. which cannot be accessed from the direction Annie was headed; she would've had to have taken the Mercer Street Exit and taken Westlake Ave. N to where Sam's houseboat was, some three miles further. Additionally, Westlake Ave. from downtown to the Fremont bridge where Annie is seen driving north is an arterial thoroughfare, meaning there is no parking anywhere along Westlake Ave. See more »
Mommy got sick. And it happened just like that. There's nothing anybody could do. It isn't fair. There's no reason. But if we start asking why, we'll go crazy.
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The movies are full of alternate universes and maybes that make them a great escape. Sleepless In Seattle is a great romantic comedy. Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan star in a movie where they are hardly onscreen together and yet we feel both of their characters infatuation. It's an amazing job that director Nora Ephron does in making us care about the relationship between these two characters when their not hardly together onscreen. The movie also has great performances, from the leads and from supporting players Rosie O'Donnell and Rob Reiner, as well as a very goofy but sweet turn from Bill Pullman. This movie will make you feel good.
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