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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 love story that touches two lives....a century apart.

Genres:

Fantasy | Romance

Certificate:

TV-G | See all certifications »
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Details

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

The scene where Scott shows Lizzie's poem to a modern-day poet was filmed in the William Smith Morton Library on the grounds of Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, Va. See more »

Goofs

The trees surrounding the house should have been much smaller in the 19th century (or larger in the 20th) 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 Gone with the Wind (1939) See more »

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Time-Travel Fantasy...No Space Ship Needed ! One of the Best !!
21 September 2004 | by jonniekingSee all my reviews

"The Love Letter" was written by Jack Finney. If you are familiar with his classic time-travel novel "Time And Again", you will definitely love this TV version of his short-story "The Love Letter".

The leads are very competent. Campbell Scott, for those who don't know, is the son of the late George C. Scott...one of America's Greatest Actor's. Campbell has come into his own, and does very well. Jennifer Jason Leigh and Daphne Ashbrook are perfect as the female time-travel counterparts.

Remember: this IS a fantasy. But a beautifully constructed one at that. If you've ever wanted to reach back into the past for a long-lost love, this story will surely tug at your heart strings. And the ending is "just right" and very touching in its own way...there may not be a dry eye in the room when it's over with. And that's okay.

PS: Jack Finney also wrote one of the greatest Sci-Fi Thrillers of all-time: "The Invasion of the Body Snatchers". In addition, if you like "The Love Letter" and want more of the same, treat yourself to the above-mentioned "Time And Again" ! Time-Travel, Romance, Mystery, Fantasy...all wrapped-up in the full-blown novel that has become a true Cult Classic.


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