Book superstore magnate, Joe Fox and independent book shop owner, Kathleen Kelly fall in love in the anonymity of the Internet both blissfully unaware that he's trying to put her out of business.

Director:

Nora Ephron

Writers:

Miklós László (play) (as Nikolaus Laszlo), Nora Ephron (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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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

This sweet romantic comedy reunites Sleepless In Seattle stars Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks. He's the owner of a bookstore chain; she's the woman he falls for online. Both are unaware that she runs the little shop his company is trying to shut down. Written by yusufpiskin

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Someone you pass on the street may already be the love of your life. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Since the movie, Heather Burns has actually petitioned for local New York City bookstores. 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

Joe Fox: [refering to Kathleen Kelly] Oh, no, she's beautiful, but she's a pill.
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits are used with a computer mouse and computer animation. The very end of the film has a blue computer screen background with THE END typed in See more »

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

Referenced in Only You (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

I Guess The Lord Must Be In New York City
Written by Harry Nilsson
Performed by Harry Nilsson
Courtesy of The RCA Records Label of BMG Entertainment
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"Chemistry, likeable characters make this film work"
25 March 2003 | by clydestuffSee all my reviews

In films like You've Got Mail, where you can almost predict how it's going to turn out as soon as the opening credits appear, then it is up to the writers, director, and actors, to get us to enjoy the journey to the end credits. Nora and Delia Ephron's script succeeds because they know their characters well, and give them a can't miss plot device. Tom Hanks is believable as the head of a gigantic bookstore chain, as is Meg Ryan as the owner of a small children's bookstore shop. As the guy who is putting Meg out of business by opening a chain store close to her little shop, Tom Hanks character comes across as the arrogant person who only goal seems to open as many bookstores as he can, and make as much money as he can in doing so. When he is talking to Meg Ryan on the internet, we see another side of him, and learn that possibly, he's not the evil guy you think he is. Of course, in person, Meg hates him for what he is doing, on the internet, she falls in love with him. This is what makes the film work, as their reaction to each other in person is completely different from when they talk on line. Some people may quibble that the ending is not very believable, but face it, do you fall in love with a person because of who they are, or what you think they are? I think this question is answered quite adequately.


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Official Sites:

Warner Bros.

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 December 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

You've Got M@il See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$65,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,426,749, 20 December 1998

Gross USA:

$115,821,495

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$250,821,495
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Warner Bros. See more »
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Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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