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You've Got Mail (1998)

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Two business rivals who despise each other in real life unwittingly fall in love over the Internet.

Director:

Nora Ephron

Writers:

Miklós László (play) (as Nikolaus Laszlo), Nora Ephron (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 5 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Hanks ... Joe Fox
Meg Ryan ... Kathleen Kelly
Greg Kinnear ... Frank Navasky
Parker Posey ... Patricia Eden
Jean Stapleton ... Birdie Conrad
Steve Zahn ... George Pappas
Heather Burns ... Christina Plutzker
Dave Chappelle ... Kevin Jackson
Dabney Coleman ... Nelson Fox
John Randolph ... Schuyler Fox
Hallee Hirsh ... Annabelle Fox
Jeffrey Scaperrotta ... Matt Fox
Cara Seymour ... Gillian Quinn
Katie Finneran ... Maureen, the Nanny
Michael Badalucco ... Charlie
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Storyline

The owner of a large bookstore chain starts putting the owner of a small local bookstore out of business. Meanwhile they have been corresponding over the internet without knowing who either of them are. They can't stand each other in person but over the internet they are very attracted. He finds out who she is but she doesn't know. He starts to like her more but she still hates him. He has to fix it. Written by Deirdre Dear

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

At odds in life... in love on-line. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some language | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Warner Bros.

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 December 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

You Have Mail See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$65,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,426,749, 20 December 1998, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$115,821,495

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$250,821,495
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Warner Bros. See more »
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

While Tom Hanks is meeting Meg Ryan for a date, but doesn't reveal himself, Meg Ryan makes fun of Hanks' name "Joe" and makes nasty references to young women with one name, like "Kimberly." In When Harry Met Sally, Ryan's character's boyfriend "Joe", gets engaged to a girl in his office named "Kimberly." See more »

Goofs

When Kathleen writes the email to Joe about how she just told off someone at the café, Joe reads the email and logs off. You hear the AOL voice say "Goodbye."; so when he replies to her email, he just begins typing the email, without logging back on. AOL allows you to write emails offline. See more »

Quotes

Frank Navasky: Kathleen, you are a lone reed. You are a lone...
[sits down at his typewriter]
Frank Navasky: [typing] "... reed, standing tall, waving boldly in the corrupt sands of commerce."
[pulls the page out and hands it to Kathleen]
Kathleen Kelly: I am a lone reed.
Frank Navasky: Lone reed.
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Alternate Versions

Several scenes were originally scripted and partly filmed but not included in the final cut:
  • A scene in which Kathleen gets involved with two garbagemen and first gets tongue-tied.
  • Extended scenes referring to the roof-top murderer including a love affair with George.
  • A scene with Kathleen and Christina talking about falling in love.
  • Extended scenes that characterize Patricia: a presentation of an author (the woman in the later elevator scene)
  • Extended scenes that characterize Frank: he meets an famous author whom he adores.
  • Scenes on Kathleen's and Joe's childhood.
  • A scene in which Joe explains Annabel why the Shop Around the Corner had to close.
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Connections

References Annie (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

Never Smile At A Crocodile
Written by Frank Churchill and Jack Lawrence
Performed by The Paulette Sisters
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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9 on a scale of 10
10 January 1999 | by len-21See all my reviews

It was hard not to give this movie a 10, but since I have only given out about 20 10's in all the movies I have ever seen - thousands, a 10 here would have been a little too generous.

Though, it is difficult to find fault, I suppose it is fair to say that the movie didn't always have full steam - especially early on. Still, even during those times, it was interesting. I mean, Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. What else do you need?

Additionally, I didn't laugh very much. Not that I was required to, but this genre would, after all, be considered a romantic comedy. Despite the lack of laughs, it was as feel good as it gets.

The movie was blessed with two great actors, a creative idea, excellent writing and directing. And, the ending was one for the ages. I might have chosen to "tweak" it a little, but it was about as good as you will ever see - assuming you like romance. I do!


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