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The Love Letter (1998)

Unrated | | Fantasy, Romance | TV Movie 1 February 1998
20th century computer games designer Scott exchanges love letters with 19th century poet Elizabeth Whitcomb through an antique desk that can make letters travel through time.

Director:

Dan Curtis

Writers:

Jack Finney (short story), James S. Henerson (television story) (as James Henerson) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Campbell Scott ... Scott Corrigan
Jennifer Jason Leigh ... Elizabeth Whitcomb
David Dukes ... Everett Reagle
Estelle Parsons ... Beatrice Corrigan
Daphne Ashbrook ... Debra Zabriskie
Myra Carter Myra Carter ... Clarice Whitcomb
Gerrit Graham ... Warren Whitcomb
Irma P. Hall ... Mae Mullen
Richard Woods Richard Woods ... Jacob Campbell
Kali Rocha ... Flossy Whitcomb
Laurie Kennedy Laurie Kennedy ... Lavinia Whitcomb
Edgar Smith Edgar Smith ... Potts the Postman
Cara Stoner Cara Stoner ... Maggie the Maid
George Gaffney George Gaffney ... Bike Rider
Tom Riis Farrell ... Scott's Boss
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Storyline

Scotty Corrigan buys an antique desk and finds a Civil War-era letter inside it, written by a woman who died over a hundred years ago. Fancifully, he writes and mails a reply...only to have it reach its destination in the past. As Elizabeth and Scotty continue their remarkable correspondence, they find themselves falling in love, and more than restless about their impending, respective, marriages. Written by Kathy Li

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A letter from the past would change their future forever. See more »

Genres:

Fantasy | Romance

Certificate:

TV-G | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

Hallmark Hall of Fame page.

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 February 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hallmark Hall of Fame: The Love Letter (#47.3) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Actor Csmpbell Scott comes from actor parents George C. Scott and Colleen Dewhurst. See more »

Goofs

In the video game Scottie is working on, General Stuart (as in JEB) is misspelled as Stewart. See more »

Quotes

Elizabeth Whitcomb: The hard truth is we are doomed to be chaste. To never touch each other, hear each other, see each other... so what harm can there be to write to each other?
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References Star Trek: The Original Series (1966) See more »

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Top-notch Time Travel / Romantic Fantasy
31 August 2003 | by nicholas.rhodesSee all my reviews

Unknown in Europe, this movie was recommended by someone from the States and I certainly wasn't disappointed once I'd received the DVD and watched it! On a par with "Somewhere in Time" and similar in some respects to "A Message from Charity" which was one of the "New Twilight Zone" episodes, this film is beautifully made and a real pleasure to watch over and over again. In fact nowadays, many of these so-called "TV Movies" are actually better than those made for the cinema !!

Plots in time-travel movies cannot of course be logical but this film had a very reasonable and believable plot ( bar, of course the way the letters were supposed to travel in time ) but when you watch films of this nature, there is no point in worrying about details of that kind.

The sets and picture quality were magnificent and I found the ending totally satisfactory although I would have perhaps wished the movie to continue on so that we see romance developing between Campbell Scott and the lady in the cemetery. I had already seen Campbell Scott in a film called 'Dying Young ' and do like this actor very much. This film was just suited to me as I don't really like time-travel movies with tons of special effects as they dont really appear believable ! So I hope people will make more movies like this because at present it is true that they are rather thin on the ground. And we do need doses of romantic fantasy to whisk us out and above of the dreariness of modern life !!


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