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Message in a Bottle (1999)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance | 12 February 1999 (USA)
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A woman discovers a tragic love letter in a bottle on a beach, and is determined to track down its author.

Director:

Luis Mandoki

Writers:

Nicholas Sparks (novel), Gerald Di Pego (screenplay) (as Gerald DiPego)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Costner ... Garret
Robin Wright ... Theresa (as Robin Wright Penn)
Paul Newman ... Dodge
John Savage ... Johnny Land
Illeana Douglas ... Lina
Robbie Coltrane ... Charlie
Jesse James ... Jason
Bethel Leslie ... Marta
Tom Aldredge ... Hank
Viveka Davis ... Alva
Raphael Sbarge ... Andy
Richard Hamilton Richard Hamilton ... Chet
Rosemary Murphy ... Helen At The B&B
Steven Eckholdt ... David
Susan Brightbill Susan Brightbill ... Catherine
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Storyline

A woman finds a romantic letter in a bottle washed ashore and tracks down the author, a widowed shipbuilder whose wife died tragically early. As a deep and mutual attraction blossoms, the man struggles to make peace with his past so that he can move on and find happiness. Written by CJ

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A story of love lost and found.

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for a scene of sexuality | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 February 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mensaje de amor See more »

Filming Locations:

Bath, Maine, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,852,976, 12 February 1999, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$52,880,016

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$118,880,016
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The producers originally planned to film on Tangier Island, Virginia, USA, but some members of the town council objected to the drinking, cursing and sex in the movie and demanded script revisions in exchange for shooting permission. Warner Brothers then tried Martha's Vineyard near Chilmark, Massachusetts, USA, but the Chilmark Conservation Commission turned down a request to build a temporary 3,000-square-foot house on stilts in the dunes near Chilmark Pond. See more »

Goofs

When Garret is typing the last letter to Catherine to tell her about Theresa, the first word he types is "It". When the letter is read in voiceover, it starts out with the word "My". See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Jason Osborne: [disembarking] Where are they?
Theresa Osborne: Um... You know, they're probably just running late, they'll be here baby.
Jason Osborne: I see 'em. Daddy! Daddy!
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Crazy Credits

"Girl with lantern" painting by Helen Turner Greenville County Museum of Art See more »

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Referenced in Hamlet (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

I Could Not Ask For More
Written by Diane Warren
Produced by Matt Serletic
Performed by Edwin McCain
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
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"Choose between yesterday and tomorrow. Pick one. Stick with it."
8 June 2008 | by Nazi_Fighter_DavidSee all my reviews

While on vacation, a single mother identified as Theresa discovers a 'message in a bottle' on the shore that has moving honest words of love addressed to a woman named Catherine…

The trail leads her to a sailboat builder named Garrett and also to his father, Dodge in a small North Carolina coastal town… It turns out that Catherine is Garret's deceased wife, and the intriguing letters were written, two years earlier, after her decease…

Some people find the one true love of their lives, if they're fortunate enough… Luis Mandoki's film, in part, turns out to be a choice about what occurs when a person finds that right kind of love, then when he is faced with the impossible, and then when he is given the right to continue with his life and is brave enough to love again no matter how unpleasant his grief is…

As a reclusive widower, Garret was still in deep pain, and entirely devoted to Catherine's memory… He had hard time letting go of the past… Catherine was dead but not forgotten and was simply everywhere…

As a sailor Costner didn't inherit the charm of Newman… He was drawn to Penn by her smile, her beauty, even her mistakes…

Robin Wright Penn was beautiful, delicate and sweet as Theresa… She soon insinuates her way into Garret's life… Her expectations were always too high… Since the beginning, she just had to meet the person that wrote those letters… Her life was changed by them… Eventually when she met Garret that morning, she accepted, without hesitation, to step aboard…

Paul Newman as Dodge liked Theresa instantly… He saw in her the key to his son's emotional recovery…

With a very nice music, and a stunning coastal photography—also the ocean scenes are wonderfully taken—"Message in a Bottle" is definitely a weepy melodrama and a must see for those who believe, or don't, in love…


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