Message In A Bottle

Message in a Bottle

Luis Mandoki (1998)

12 Certificate


Our Score
In this romantic drama, Kevin Costner stars as a strong, silent and sensitive boat builder living in North Carolina, who's tracked down by newspaper researcher Robin Wright Penn after she finds a heart-rending love letter to his late wife in a bottle on the seashore. Her hard-nosed reporter's edge soon softens as she decides to learn more about the man and his solitary life. Although the inevitable happens - with a twist! - the beauty of director Luis Mandoki's intelligent tear-jerker (adapted by Gerald DiPego from Nicholas Sparks's bestseller) is how all the emotions ring true. A richly rewarding tribute to the human spirit, this is irresistibly warm-hearted stuff, with an absolutely brilliant scene-stealing performance from Paul Newman as Costner's grizzled father.


A lonely divorcee takes a walk on the beach and stumbles across a note tucked inside a bottle washed ashore, setting in motion a chain of events destined to change her life irrevocably. The message written by an unknown heartbroken man moves her so much that she resolves to find him - a search that leads her to a widowed shipbuilder unable to forget his wife. Romantic drama, starring Kevin Costner, Robin Wright, Paul Newman and Robbie Coltrane.

Cast & Crew

Garret Blake Kevin Costner
Theresa Osborne Robin Wright
Dodge Blake Paul Newman
Johnny Land John Savage
Lina Paul Illeana Douglas
Charlie Toschi Robbie Coltrane
Jason Osborne Jesse James
Marta Land Leslie Bethel
Director Luis Mandoki
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Warner BrothersGuidance: Edited for language and a sex scene.Available on: video and DVDReleased on: 23 Apr 1999