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

Director:

Nora Ephron

Writers:

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

When Annie is running to the Empire State Building, the streets are very wet. When she gets to the open to the weather observation deck, it is dry, with no evidence of rain. Furthermore, Jonah, who had been sitting near a telescope on the ground, where he would have gotten wet, is also dry. See more »

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[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 The Cable Guy (1996) See more »

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Sleigh Ride
Written by Leroy Anderson and Mitchell Parish
Performed by Roy Rogers and Dale Evans
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from CEMA Special Markets
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User Reviews

 
Haven't laughed out loudly since a long time!
11 July 2015 | by Goku89See all my reviews

This movie was a pleasant surprise. I was expecting it to be good since people talk about it all the time but what I didn't know how funny it was! Haven't actually laughed out loud at a movie since a very long time.

Some of the scenes were so simple but hilarious.

Meg and Tom's chemistry was incredible.

The story was different, heartfelt, and beautiful. It made me cry multiple times!!

I would highly recommend everyone to watch this.

Also I think this 6.8 is way too low. It should be more!

They don't make movies like this anymore which is such a shame.

Must watch, timeless movie!


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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TV)

Sound Mix:

SDDS (uncredited)| Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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