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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

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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Details

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)

Gross USA:

$126,533,006

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$101,200,000
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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 (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

In Spain this movie's title wasn't "Sleepless In Seattle" translated into Spanish, as one would expect. In the past, the titles of movies weren't literally translated. This was the case with the film "An Affair To Remember", the movie with Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr, referred to in this film. That film was named "Tú y yo", which was the Spanish translation of 'You and me'. So, when they re-named "Sleepless in Seattle" they used the translation of the original name of the Cary Grant film, naming it "Algo para recordar". See more »

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While watching Jonah and Sam playing on the beach, Annie is standing next to a building that says Closed labor Day to Memorial Day, but it should be close to end of January early February. 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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Make Someone Happy
Written by Betty Comden, Adolph Green, and Jule Styne
Performed by Jimmy Durante
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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It succeeds at what it sets out to do
23 June 2001 | by RebochanSee all my reviews

I won't lie to you-this movie is a CHICK FLICK! Though I never saw it with a guy, it is definitely a chick flick. That said, it's a high-end chick flick, which probably a few guys might enjoy, unless they happen to be the exploding helicopter type^^; This movie feels more like a modern day adaptation of the classic romance "An Affair To Remember," and it keeps referencing it too (In fact, the Cary Grant classic is very integral to the plot). Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan have great chemistry together, and they both do what they're good at-Tom Hanks portraying the Everyman, and Meg Ryan being cute and innocent. I have to disagree with an earlier comment that this film is unfair to guys-the way the characters are portrayed, I'd have to say that in the reverse situation, I'd still feel the same way. Meg Ryan does not have the "evil woman" syndrome that popped up in later 90's chick flicks (The most notorious of which was "My Best Friend's Wedding"). She is very believable and actually does care about the feelings of her fiance. What I particularly liked is that the fiance was not portrayed as someone who Meg would do well to leave. Most movies fall into this trap-Someone is about to marry someone who is horrible and find that someone else is better, the viewer supposedly not feeling bad because the fiance was a jerk anyway. Tom Hanks really shines here as someone who has lost the most important person in his life and is trying to rebuild again. He always has a knack for easily slipping into the roles he's given and making them really convincing. He does not fail here-you feel for him especially during the sequences where he starts remembering his late wife. The movie's plot starts to stretch plausibility at the end, but not to the point where it destroys the entire film. The ending scene in particular is handled very carefully. You could have had a big, romantic, tear-jerking moment. Instead, the movie takes a more simplistic approach, and it succeeds-it feels much more natural than the alternative. Overall, if you're in for a feel good romance, you should see this. If you happen to be female, this is DEFINITELY worth watching.


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