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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

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?

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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:

Sintonía de amor See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$21,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$126,533,006

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$101,200,000
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Production Co:

TriStar Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

| (TV)

Sound Mix:

SDDS (uncredited)| Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Included among the American Film Institute's 1998 list of the 400 movies nominated for the Top 100 Greatest American Movies. See more »

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When Jonah is sitting with Jessica in the chair, he tells Sam: "When you play it backwards this says 'Paul is Dead'." The actual saying is 'Turn me on dead man' and it is on The Beatles' White Album, which was released on Apple records. (The record on their record play has a 'Capitol' label on it). The Capitol record that they are playing is more likely Strawberry Fields Forever. In the end section people claimed they heard John sing,"I buried Paul" which contributed to the hoax of Paul's premature death. See more »

Quotes

Jonah Baldwin: If you get a new wife, I guess you'll get to have sex with her, huh?
Sam Baldwin: I certainly hope so.
Jonah Baldwin: Will she scratch up your back?
Sam Baldwin: [shocked] What?
Jonah Baldwin: In the movies, women are always scratching up the men's back and screaming and stuff when they're having sex.
Sam Baldwin: How do you know all this?
Jonah Baldwin: Jessica's got cable.
Sam Baldwin: Oh.
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Referenced in Kuutamolla (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

The Proposal
from An Affair to Remember (1957) (uncredited)
Written by Hugo Friedhofer
Courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
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It's time for something different...something like this
13 March 2004 | by RachelLoneSee all my reviews

After his wife's funeral, Sam (Tom Hanks), an architect, moves from Chicago to Seattle with his son, Johna (Ross Malinger) so he can stay away from all those things that remind him of his beloved wife, which he just can't bear any longer.

In Baltimore, Annie (Meg Ryan), a newspaper journalist, is engaged to Walter (Bill Pullman) and is looking forward to getting married. But when Annie's mother talks about the 'magic' that she instantly feels when Annie's father holds her hand, Annie cannot comprehend the meaning. One evening, Annie hears Johna on a national radio show, saying his dad is lonely and sad, still cannot forget his late wife and Johna thinks his dad needs a new wife to make him happy. Thousands of women across the country write to Sam, among them is Annie. Her letter in the rubbish bin is sent out by her good friend Becky (Rosie O'Donnell).

So Annie travels all the way to Seattle in hope to meet Sam, but it doesn't work out fine. However, when Johna reads the letter from Annie, he knows she's the right one and he replies on his father's behalf for meeting each other on the roof of the Empire State Building...

This is a refreshing, quite light-hearted story. It's slow but I'm sure many people would like it. It's funny that, when Sam first sees Annie, he somehow feels that he has met her before...rather funny, isn't it? Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan are great on the screen together and the flick is perfect for relaxing. With a delightful soundtrack.


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