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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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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Two of the rental cars had nearly sequential license plates: RZ-1551 and RZ-1553. See more »

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When Theresa and Garrett are standing on the beach after Garrett blesses the boat, Theresa's hair is alternately still/windswept between shots. 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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"Girl with lantern" painting by Helen Turner Greenville County Museum of Art See more »


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Let Me Let Go
Written by Steve Diamond and Dennis Morgan
Produced by David Foster
Performed by Faith Hill
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records
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My True North
12 August 2009 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

While strolling on a beach one day Robin Wright Penn finds a letter in a bottle. Back in the old days stranded sailors were known to send distress messages in such items in the hopes the letters would be found and they would be rescued.

But this bottle contains a message that's a beautifully composed love letter. Penn's been the odd woman out in a triangle that broke up her marriage and she's a naturally cynical creature. When she shows the letter to her boss editor/columnist Robbie Coltrane who prints it and writes an editorial in praise of it. It gets a really big response from folks touched by it.

A little forensic science determines the origin of the letter to be Wilmington, North Carolina and the author to be carpenter/shipbuilder Kevin Costner. A man with that kind of poetry in his soul is guaranteed to move even the once burned Robin Wright Penn.

Message In A Bottle is an old fashioned love story guaranteed to melt the most cynical of hearts. Also featured is Paul Newman who is Costner's father who has the wisest old head around. Hard to believe the guy who played Hombre and Cool Hand Luke is now playing wise elderly folks, but Paul Newman grew not just in age, but in expanding his once in a lifetime talent as well.

If you think you've seen all the romantic pictures there are and know how this one is coming out then you're in for a shock if you see Message In A Bottle. But it's a worthwhile experience nevertheless.


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