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The Love Letter (1999)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 21 May 1999 (USA)
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The power of words and images to open hearts. Helen runs, miles a day, to burn off energy: she's an emotional celibate. Going through the post at her shop, she finds a romantic and poetic ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Helen
... Lillian MacFarquhar
... Janet Hall
... Jennifer
... Johnny
... George Matthias
... Eleanor
... Officer Dan
... Postal Clerk
... Ray
Margaret Ann Brady ... Selma
... Kelly
Walter Covell ... Post Office Customer
Patrick Donnelly ... Bookstore Customer
Lucas Hall ... Garbage Man
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The power of words and images to open hearts. Helen runs, miles a day, to burn off energy: she's an emotional celibate. Going through the post at her shop, she finds a romantic and poetic letter between the couch cushions, unsigned, and thinks it's for her. It melts her resistance to feelings, and soon she undertakes an affair with Johnny, a collegiate employee. (He sees the letter and thinks she wrote it to him; he quotes some of it, so she thinks he wrote it to her.) In the background are Helen's long-time friend, George, who loves her, and her mother who abruptly left on a long trip months' before. Discovering who actually wrote the letter brings insight and promise. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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No one knows who sent it. No one knows who it's for. But everyone's getting the same message.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated PG-13 on appeal for some sensuality, nudity and strong language | See all certifications »
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21 May 1999 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,692,819, 23 May 1999, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$8,276,228, 18 July 1999
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This was the film Tom Selleck was intended to plug during his appearance on the Rosie O'Donnell Show. Instead the now famous aggressive debate over gun laws ensued. See more »

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Johnny jumps in the ocean with his socks on but when he emerges seconds later his feet are bare See more »

Quotes

Lillian MacFarquhar: It's one of the ironies of my otherwise straight forward life that I have fallen in love twice. Both times with people who insist on living in this godforsaken town.
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References Love Story (1970) See more »

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Presto, su! Mario! Mario!
From Tosca
Composed by Giacomo Puccini
Libretto by Giuseppe Giacosa & Luigi Illica
Performed by Slovak Philharmonic Chorus & Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra
Courtesy of Naxos of America
By arrangement with Source/Q
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A gentle gem to recommend to people who love good film.
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An exceptionally well-done film. Not Hollywood-ish, thus some mixed reviews. But I've viewed this 4 or 5 times, and love it. The editing and pacing are unusually synced to produce the feel of a special film. the music is a big plus. This is a gem to recommend to people who love good film, not those who want yet another blockbuster. Allow yourself the time and focus to move to the same pace, and you'll be rewarded. And the fact that the locus is a bookshop, the home of books which are similarly low-tech and rewarding is a fine match


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