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Sleepless in Seattle (1993)

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A recently widowed man's son calls a radio talk-show in an attempt to find his father a partner.

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Nora Ephron

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Jeff Arch (story), Nora Ephron (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 17 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Hanks ... Sam Baldwin
Ross Malinger ... Jonah Baldwin
Rita Wilson ... Suzy
Victor Garber ... Greg
Tom Riis Farrell ... Rob
Carey Lowell ... Maggie Baldwin
Meg Ryan ... Annie Reed
Bill Pullman ... Walter
Le Clanché du Rand Le Clanché du Rand ... Barbara Reed
Kevin O'Morrison ... Cliff Reed
David Hyde Pierce ... Dennis Reed
Valerie Wright Valerie Wright ... Betsy Reed
Frances Conroy ... Irene Reed
Tom Tammi ... Harold Reed
Calvin Trillin ... Uncle Milton
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Storyline

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 Huggo

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Taglines:

What if someone you never met, someone you never saw, someone you never knew was the only someone for you?

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 June 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sleepless in Seattle See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$21,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,253,733, 27 June 1993

Gross USA:

$126,808,165

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$227,927,165
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Company Credits

Production Co:

TriStar Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

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SDDS (uncredited)| Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Tom Hanks simultaneously did voice work for the character of Woody in 'Toy Story' (1995) during his days off from filming. See more »

Goofs

Scenes from a single viewing of An Affair to Remember are out of order. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Sam Baldwin: 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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Referenced in Friends: The One with the Butt (1994) See more »

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When I Fall In Love
Written by Edward Heyman and Victor Young
Produced by David Foster
Performed by Céline Dion and Clive Griffin
Courtesy of Epic Records
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I Love It
26 February 2015 | by slightlymad22See all my reviews

I will not lie to you, I will admit right from the off that I am biased. I love this movie.

Plot In A Paragraph: Eighteen months after losing his wife, Sam (Tom Hanks) is still grieving and can't sleep. His eight year old son Jonah (Ross Malinger) misses his mother, but he wants his father to get a new wife despite Sam having not even contemplated dating again. On Christmas Eve, Jonah calls a national radio talk show and ask for a "new wife" for his Dad. Sam ends up pouring his heart out about his magical and perfect marriage to his late wife, 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 (Meg Ryan) a Baltimore-based newspaper writer. Who is drawn to Jim based on his story, despite already being engaged to Walter (Bill Pullman)

1993 was a massive year for Tom Hanks with both this movie and "Philadelphia" being huge hits. Both are very different, but are equally brilliant. As is Hanks. He is heartbreakingly excellent as the widower. Amazingly the role of Annie was originally offered to Julia Roberts, who turned it down. Kim Basinger also turned it down because she thought the premise was ridiculous (Good move Kim!!) After Michelle Pfeiffer, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Jodie Foster all declined as well, Meg Ryan landed the role. I surprised this role was not wrote with Ryan in mind as this type of role was her bread and butter back then. She was perfect for this type of role.

Rosie O Donnell is solid support to Ryan as is Bill Pullman, and Ross Malinger manages to avoid all the cliché's of most chicks actors!

Well directed, with a sharp and witty script. I will add I also liked the fact that they didn't feel the need to make the Bill Pullman character a jerk (as is usual the case with his type of role in romantic comedies)

One of my favourite Tom Hanks movies, one of my favourite Meg Ryan movies and one of my favourite romantic comedies. I don't own many romantic comedies. But this one is in my collection.


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