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
When Jonah says that when you reverse the record, it says "Paul Is Dead". This is a reference in 1966 that a popular rumor said that The Beatles' Paul McCartney died in a car crash and was supposedly replaced by a winner of a "Paul McCartney Look-alike Contest". Subscribers to this theory found dozens of items ranging from song lyrics ("my advice for those who die" and "he blew his mind out in a car") to misinterpreted vocal sounds (supposedly "Paul is dead" and "bury my body"), and album covers (Paul Barefoot on Abbey Road and as a walrus in Magical Mystery Tour). See more »
When Walter finds Annie in the broom closet she claims the caller on the radio show was from Duluth and asks him where that is. Walter replies "North Dakota." Duluth is in Minnesota. See more »
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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