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The Love Letter (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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

This film received critical acclaim. In terms of ratings, it was also one of four original Hallmark presentations that finished in the Top 10 (ranking No. 9) among more than 200 TV films in 1998. The other three Hallmark films were What The Deaf Man Heard (No. 1), Ellen Foster (No. 4), and The Echo of Thunder (No. 5) . See more »

Goofs

The historic 1 cent stamps used in the correspondences would cost Scottie $17500. in 2014 funds making these love letters a very expensive endeavor for Scottie. 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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My favorite chick-flick!
11 April 2004 | by daniel-shoopSee all my reviews

This is is a real tear-jerker, the type of show I thought I was immune to. Turns out I was more weepy than my wife throughout the whole movie. What a great story and the actors were superb. I found myself to be in love with Elizabeth Whitcomb and despising David Duke's (RIP)character. I truly felt sorry for Scott's fiance, however, and could empathize completely with her conclusion that Scott was perhaps a little bit nuts.

I rated this show a 9 (out of 10), downgrading only because the railroad train used was common around 1915, not 1863. Why couldn't they have used a 4-4-0 American locomotive and light weight wooden coaches typical of the Civil War era? Other than that minor glitch, the movie was exceptionally well done and will occupy a prominent place in my movie collection.


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