Sleepless in Seattle

  • PG
  • Nora Ephron (1993)
  • US
  • 100 min
Sleepless in Seattle
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Film Review
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4 out of 5

Nora Ephron, the writer of When Harry Met Sally..., came up trumps again as co-writer and director of this gloriously old-fashioned and unashamedly manipulative romantic comedy. Tom Hanks, recently widowed, moves to a new home in Seattle where he just grieves and grieves. His young son (Ross Malinger), concerned over his dad's state of mind, calls a radio phone-in and when Hanks himself goes on air, he pours his heart out. That's storyline one. Storyline two features Meg Ryan, a Baltimore journalist who hears the broadcast, recognises a kindred lonely heart and starts tracking Hanks down. Malinger becomes their matchmaker, while the Cary Grant/Deborah Kerr weepie An Affair to Remember is always on TV and serves as a touchstone, providing the inspiration for the movie's climax at the top of the Empire State Building. For nearly two hours, Ephron keeps her marvellous stars apart, a potentially dangerous tactic that works superbly. In the summer of Jurassic Park, Sleepless in Seattle proved to be a box-office smash; the team subsequently reunited for You've Got Mail in 1998.

Plot Summary

Romantic comedy starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. When Sam Baldwin's wife dies, he is left to bring up his eight-year-old son Jonah alone, and decides to move to Seattle to make a new start. On Christmas Eve, Jonah rings a radio phone-in with his Christmas wish to find a new wife for his dad. Meanwhile in Baltimore, journalist Annie Reed, who is having doubts about her own relationship, is listening in.

Cast and crew


Sam Baldwin
Tom Hanks
Annie Reed
Meg Ryan
Jonah Baldwin
Ross Malinger
Rosie O'Donnell
Rob Reiner
Bill Pullman
Rita Wilson
Victor Garber
Tom Riis Farrell
Maggie Baldwin
Carey Lowell
Barbara Reed
Le Clanche Du Rand
Cliff Reed
Kevin O'Morrison
Dennis Reed
David Hyde Pierce


Nora Ephron

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Park Circus
Edited for language.
Available on video and DVD
Released 14 Feb 2014
Certificate PG