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Sleepless in Seattle ()


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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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  • Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 17 nominations.
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Sam Baldwin
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Jonah Baldwin
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Suzy
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Greg
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Rob
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Maggie Baldwin
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Annie Reed
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Walter
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Barbara Reed
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Cliff Reed
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Dennis Reed
Valerie Wright ...
Betsy Reed
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Irene Reed
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Harold Reed
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Uncle Milton
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Dr. Marcia Fieldstone (voice)
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Loretta
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Harriet (as LaTanya Richardson)
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Becky
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Keith
Steve Mellor ...
Wyatt (as Stephen Mellor)
Marguerite Schertle ...
Baltimore Waitress
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Claire
Brian McConnachie ...
Bob
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Jay
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Jessica
Matt Smith ...
Mailman
Amanda Maher ...
Clarise
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Victoria
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Seattle Maitre D'
Philip Mihalski ...
Seattle Waiter
Donald J. Lee Jr. ...
Seattle Detective
Mary A. Kelly ...
Nervous Woman on Airplane
Diane Sokolow ...
Tiffany Saleswoman
Hannah Cox ...
Jessica's Mother
Rich Hawkins ...
Jessica's Father
Tamara Plank ...
Stewardess (as Tamera Plank)
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New York Taxi Dispatcher (as Mike Badalucco)
Jeff Mazzola ...
New York Taxi Dispatcher
Philip Levy ...
Taxi Driver
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Cynthia
Tony Zazula ...
Maitre D'
John Boylan ...
Elevator Man
Robert Livingston ...
Elevator Man
Butch Stevenson ...
Valet
Sidney Armus ...
Information Booth Man
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Philip Anagnos ...
Car Driver (uncredited)
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Baltimore Mail Clerk (uncredited)
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Tourist (uncredited)
Robert Minkoff ...
Bit (uncredited)
Roger Petan ...
Seattle Airport passenger / Seattle diner (uncredited)
William Rossman ...
Driver (uncredited)
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Bartender (uncredited)

Directed by

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Nora Ephron

Written by

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Jeff Arch ... (story)
 
Nora Ephron ... (screenplay) and
David S. Ward ... (screenplay) and
Jeff Arch ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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Jane Bartelme ... associate producer
Patrick Crowley ... executive producer
Delia Ephron ... associate producer
Gary Foster ... producer
Lynda Obst ... executive producer
James W. Skotchdopole ... associate producer

Music by

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Marc Shaiman

Cinematography by

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Sven Nykvist ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Robert M. Reitano ... (as Robert Reitano)

Editorial Department

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James Brown ... post-production assistant
Richard Friedlander ... first assistant editor
Agnes Grandits ... second assistant film editor
John Helde ... second assistant film editor
Bob Kaiser ... color timer
John Marston ... apprentice film editor
Betsy Mcmullin ... apprentice film editor (as Elizabeth McMullin)
Marcos Siega ... post-production assistant
Lauren Waldron ... apprentice editor (uncredited)

Casting By

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Juliet Taylor

Production Design by

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Jeffrey Townsend

Set Decoration by

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Clay A. Griffith ... (as Clay Griffith)

Costume Design by

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Judy L. Ruskin ... (as Judy Ruskin)

Makeup Department

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Colleen Callaghan ... key hair stylist
Leonard Engelman ... makeup artist: Meg Ryan
Sharon Ilson ... key makeup artist

Production Management

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Patrick Crowley ... unit production manager
Paul A. Levin ... post-production supervisor
Jane Raab ... production supervisor: New York
Ron Lynch ... executive in charge of production (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Donald J. Lee Jr. ... second assistant director
Maggie Murphy ... second second assistant director
James W. Skotchdopole ... first assistant director

Art Department

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Charley Beal ... art director: Baltimore/New York
Kelly R. Borisy ... lead man: Chicago (as Kelly Borisy)
Mary Buri ... key set dresser
Rick Butler ... assistant art director: New York
Harold Collins ... construction coordinator
Charlie Daboub ... set designer (as Charles Daboub Jr.)
Peter Damien ... construction foreman
Daren Dochterman ... illustrator
Steven E. Eyrse ... chargeman scenic artist (as Steven Eyrse)
Joseph Garzero ... stand-by scenic artist: New York (as Joe Garzero)
Chris Gibbin ... lead man
Gershon Ginsburg ... art director: Seattle/Chicago
Roberta J. Holinko ... set decorator: New York (as Roberta Holinko)
Brick Mason ... storyboard artist
James Mazzola ... property master
Jeff Mazzola ... property master
Michael McCombe ... greensman (as Michael J. McCombe)
Michael Moran ... key set dresser
John Oates Jr. ... lead man: New York (as John P. Oates Jr.)
Stanley Pasay ... stand-by painter: Baltimore (as Stanley Pasey)
Christopher Scheetz ... construction foreman (as Chris Scheetz)
John H. Schulz ... stand-by painter: Chicago (as John Schulz)
Wendy Skerritt ... art department coordinator
Bob Warner ... scenic artist
Becky Weidner ... set decorator: Baltimore
Suzan Wexler ... assistant art director (as Susan Wexler)
Michael Badalucco ... assistant prop man (uncredited)
David M. Bowen ... set dresser (uncredited)
Michael E. Goldman ... carpenter: Seattle (uncredited)
Anne Hyvarinen ... stand-by painter (uncredited)
Silvija L. Moess ... scenic artist (uncredited)
Richard Salinas ... set dresser (uncredited)
Bradley Thordarson ... construction foreman (uncredited)
Greg Wilkinson ... on-set dresser (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Bob Balzarini ... cable person: New York
Louis Bertini ... sound editor
Stan Bochner ... sound editor
Kay Colvin ... cable person
Lee Dichter ... re-recording mixer
Dan Edelstein ... assistant sound editor
Harriet Fidlow ... adr editor (as Harriet Fidlow Winn)
Kirk Francis ... production sound mixer
Larry Hoff ... stand-by sound: New York
Kenton Jakub ... assistant adr editor
Richard King ... assistant sound editor
Michael Kirchberger ... supervising sound editor
Dan Korintus ... sound editor
Eytan Mirsky ... assistant sound editor
James H. Nau ... assistant adr editor (as Jim Nau)
Bitty O'Sullivan-Smith ... sound editor (as Bitty O'Sullivan Smith)
Warren Shaw ... apprentice sound editor
Mychal Smith ... boom operator
Paul P. Soucek ... assistant sound editor (as Paul Soucek)
Ira Spiegel ... sound editor
David Wahnon ... assistant sound editor
Larry Hopkins ... layback sound mixer (uncredited)
Ferenc Lukács ... additional sound (uncredited)
Tony Martinez ... dialogue editor (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Bob Riggs ... special effects coordinator (as Robert M. Riggs)
Ray Brown ... special effects foreman (uncredited)
Casey Pritchett ... special effects technician (uncredited)

Visual Effects by

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Randall Balsmeyer ... visual effects producer
Mimi Everett ... visual effects producer
Rick Fichter ... visual effects supervisor: New York
Daniel Leung ... digital artist (uncredited)
Michael Talarico ... visual effects camera assistant (uncredited)

Stunts

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Bruce Paul Barbour ... stunts (as Bruce Barbour)
Dick Hancock ... stunts
Barbara Anne Klein ... stunts (as Barbara Klein)
Conrad E. Palmisano ... stunt coordinator (as Conrad Palmisano) / stunts (as Conrad Palmisano)
Rick Seaman ... stunts

Camera and Electrical Department

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Richmond L. Aguilar ... chief lighting technician (as Rich Aguilar)
Jack Bauer ... best boy grip
Lucas Bielan ... camera intern
Paul Caven ... assistant chief lighting technician
Jeff Cronenweth ... first assistant camera
Foster K. Denker ... rigging best boy (as Foster Denker)
Joe Hicks ... dolly grip
Kevin Jewison ... camera operator
Gene Kearney ... key grip
Bruce McBroom ... still photographer
Larry McConkey ... steadicam operator: Baltimore
Randy Nolen ... steadicam operator
Marty Oppenheimer ... director of photography: second unit
George Patsos ... key grip: New York
Paul Postelnicu ... second assistant camera: Baltimore
Darcy Spires ... second assistant camera
David Wagreich ... director of photography: second unit, Baltimore
William Ward ... chief lighting technician: New York (as Billy Ward)
Adam Berman ... assistant camera (uncredited)
Adam Glick ... set lighting technician (uncredited)
Neil Holcomb ... electrician (uncredited)
Jon Kranhouse ... aerial photographer (uncredited)
Donald E. Lange ... electrician (uncredited)
Lon Magdich ... 24 frame video operator (uncredited)
Michael Murray ... electrician: Baltimore (uncredited)
David Norris ... camera technician: Wescam camera (uncredited)
David Renken ... electrician: Baltimore (uncredited)
Rick Strodel ... grip (uncredited)

Animation Department

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Kenneth Littleton ... animation director (uncredited)
Lawrence Littleton ... animation director (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Eve Battaglia ... casting assistant
Amy Caton-Ford ... extras casting
Judie Fixler ... extras casting: New York
Aleen Keshishian ... casting assistant
Laura Rosenthal ... casting associate
Jodi Rothfield ... casting: Seattle
Katie Ryan ... casting: Seattle
Tina Kerr ... extras casting assistant (uncredited)
Mark A. Ridge ... extras casting (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Kimberly Adams-Galligan ... assistant costume designer (as Kimberly Adams)
Linda M. Boyland ... costumer: Baltimore (as Linda Boyland)
Paul Drost ... costumer: New York
Kaye Nottbusch ... costumer: Chicago
Sally Roberts ... costumer
Heidi Shulman ... key costumer
Marienne O'Brien ... costumer (uncredited)

Location Management

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Kristin Capp ... assistant location manager
Debra Donaldson ... assistant location manager: Baltimore
Dow Griffith ... location manager
Amy Herman ... location manager: New York
Robin E. Woldorf ... assistant location manager: Chicago (as Robin Agron)
John Marston ... location projectionist (uncredited)

Music Department

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Nicholas Meyers ... music editor / music supervisor
Jeffrey Pollack ... music consultant
David Rogow ... assistant music editor
Marc Shaiman ... music adaptor / music supervisor
Tom Boyd ... musician: oboe soloist (uncredited)
George Doering ... musician (uncredited)
Dennis Dreith ... music arranger (uncredited)
Bruce Dukov ... concertmaster (uncredited)
Mark McKenzie ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Nick Vidar ... music programmer (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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Robert T. Chestnut ... transportation captain (as Robert Chestnut)
Calvin Chin ... transportation coordinator: Chicago
Michael Luckeroth ... driver
Dennis Milliken ... transportation coordinator
Marshall Taylor ... transportation captain
Foard J. Wilgis ... transportation coordinator: Baltimore (as Foard Wilgis)
John Wolfe ... driver
Charles E. Bauer ... driver (uncredited)
John Wolfe ... transportation (uncredited)

Other crew

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Dana Armonda ... production assistant: Chicago
Tamara Bally ... production accountant
Randall Balsmeyer ... title designer: main title
Barbara Bass ... studio teacher
Sally Sue Beisel ... production assistant
Janey Bergam ... assistant: Ms. Ryan
Walter Bernard ... title designer
Deborah Boyd ... production assistant: Baltimore
Judith M. Brown ... studio teacher (as Judith Brown)
Ken Cabrera ... craft service: Chicago (as Kenny Cabrera)
Jennifer Campbell ... assistant production coordinator
Al Cerullo ... helicopter pilot
Terri Clemens ... production coordinator: Chicago (as Terri Clemmons)
Mitchell E. Dauterive ... production coordinator (as Mitchell Dauterive)
Andrea Dupras ... production secretary
Mimi Everett ... title designer: main title
Page Feldman ... production assistant
David 'Flip' Filippi ... production assistant: New York (as David Filippi)
Timothy Foster ... production assistant
Jennifer Gardner ... production assistant: Baltimore
Boris Gavrilovic ... production assistant: New York
Aussie Geer ... production assistant: New York
Milton Glaser ... title designer
Walter Glinowiecki ... craft service: Baltimore (as Walter Glinoweicki)
Sanford Golden ... assistant: Mr. Foster
M. Nord Haggerty ... production consultant (as Nord Haggerty)
Thad Hendrickson ... production assistant
Amy Henkels ... assistant: Ms. Ephron
Margee Hocking ... production assistant: New York
Nick Hubbard ... production assistant: New York
David Christopher Johnson ... production assistant (as D. Christopher Johnson III)
Murray Jones ... medic
Mary A. Kelly ... script supervisor
Paul Kostick ... assistant: Mr. Hanks
Diane L. Langone ... post-production accountant
Timothy Lee ... production assistant (as Tim Lee)
Sarah Manley ... production assistant (as Sara Scarritt)
Chandler Martin ... production assistant: Baltimore
Brian McDonald ... production assistant: New York
Steven W. McKinney ... production assistant (as Steven McKinney)
Addie Moray ... assistant production coordinator: Baltimore
Chris Northup ... production assistant: New York
Kevin O'Brien ... production assistant
Terry Odem ... assistant: Mr. Hanks
Judy Pursley ... assistant production accountant
Angela Quiles ... assistant production coordinator: New York
Lisa M. Rowe ... production assistant (as Lisa Rowe)
Elizabeth Segal ... assistant: Ms. Ephron
Alison Sherman ... production coordinator: Baltimore
Patricia Silkett ... craft service
Betsy Sokolow ... unit publicist
Christina Stauffer ... production assistant (as Tina Stauffer)
Debra Tanklow ... production coordinator: New York
Carmen B. Weets ... assistant: Ms. Obst (as Carmen Weets)
Jennifer Weiss ... assistant production coordinator: Chicago
Leona Willis ... production assistant: Baltimore
Lori Berhon ... adr loop group (uncredited)
Kathryn Brubaker ... stand-in (uncredited)
Bundy Chanock ... set medic (uncredited)
Wendy Eaton ... double: Meg Ryan (uncredited)
Mark Haslett ... production assistant (uncredited)
Dominic Marcus ... adr supporting artist (uncredited)
Theresa Marsh ... first assistant production accountant: Chicago (uncredited)
Jill Maxcy ... production assistant (uncredited)
Catherine Marie McDonald ... assistant: Nora Ephron (uncredited)
Tammy Middleton ... production assistant (uncredited)
Joshua Daniel Solovskoy ... production assistant: Seattle (uncredited)
Jessica Wilson ... accounting assistant (uncredited)
Elizabeth Zagrany ... payroll accountant: second unit (uncredited)

Thanks

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Donna James ... special thanks
Christine Lewis ... special thanks
Gene Moore ... special thanks
Jay Schlossberg-Cohen ... special thanks
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Plot Summary

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 Valentine's Day. Back in Seattle, Sam has received hundreds of letters from women wanting to meet him. Jonah is excited by one letter in particular from Baltimore and will do whatever he needs to to get his father and Annie together. However, old fashioned Sam wants his future love life to be based on meeting a woman the traditional way and he, in turn, becomes infatuated with an unknown woman he spots a few times in Seattle. Will magic happen twice in Sam's life, and if so will it be with this unknown woman or Annie? 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? See more »
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Also Known As
  • Nuits blanches à Seattle (France)
  • Schlaflos in Seattle (Germany)
  • Algo para recordar (Spain)
  • Algo para recordar (Spain, Castilian title)
  • Alguna cosa per recordar (Spain, Catalan title)
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  • 105 min
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Box Office

Budget $21,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $17,200,000
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $101,200,000

Did You Know?

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Trivia The scene between Tom Hanks and Victor Garber crying over the movie The Dirty Dozen (1967) was completely improvised during the take. See more »
Goofs Walter is supposed to be allergic to wheat, but he ordered a sandwich on white bread, which is made from wheat. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The Firm/House of Cards/Sleepless in Seattle/Dennis the Menace/Orlando (1993). See more »
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Quotes Doctor Marcia Fieldstone: People who truly loved once are far more likely to love again. Sam, do you think there's someone out there you could love as much as your wife?
Sam Baldwin: Well, Dr. Marcia Fieldstone, that's hard to imagine.
Doctor Marcia Fieldstone: What are you going to do?
Sam Baldwin: Well, I'm gonna get out of bed every morning... breathe in and out all day long. Then, after a while I won't have to remind myself to get out of bed every morning and breathe in and out... and, then after a while, I won't have to think about how I had it great and perfect for a while.
Doctor Marcia Fieldstone: Tell me what was so special about your wife?
Sam Baldwin: Well, how long is your program? Well, it was a million tiny little things that, when you added them all up, they meant we were supposed to be together... and I knew it. I knew it the very first time I touched her. It was like coming home... only to no home I'd ever known... I was just taking her hand to help her out of a car and I knew. It was like... magic.
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