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The Love Letter

The Love Letter

Peter Ho-Sun Chan (1999)

15 Certificate


Our Score
This film about a divorced single mother is very much a family affair. Actress Kate Capshaw bought the rights to Cathleen Schine's novel in order to produce it for husband Steven Spielberg's DreamWorks company, while one of the Spielberg children, Sasha, even has a walk-on role. As the lone parent, Capshaw finds an anonymous letter written in amorously endearing terms and thinks it's for her. Others in her group think the same, but her mother (played by Gwyneth Paltrow's mum, Blythe Danner), who's in the process of coming out as a lesbian, is convinced otherwise. Directed by Peter Ho-Sun Chan, the film's romantic focus is so unsteady and soapily blurred that the idea of love's lost chances loses a lot of its poignancy. The end result often looks as though its only real destination is video and DVD.


A divorced single mother becomes involved in a tangled web of unrequited love after discovering a romantic note and wrongly assuming it was meant for her. Meanwhile, the misunderstanding leads to revelations among her group of friends. Comedy drama based on the novel by Cathleen Schine, starring Kate Capshaw, Tom Selleck, Gloria Stuart, Geraldine McEwan and Ellen DeGeneres.

Cast & Crew

Helen Kate Capshaw
Lillian Blythe Danner
Janet Ellen DeGeneres
Miss Scattergoods Geraldine McEwan
Jennifer Julianne Nicholson
Johnny Tom Everett Scott
George Tom Selleck
Eleanor Gloria Stuart
Kelly Jessica Capshaw
Girl with sparkler Sasha Spielberg
Director Peter Ho-Sun Chan
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: U.I.P. (UK) Guidance: Swearing, a sex scene and nudity. Available on: Available on video and DVD Released on: 1 Oct 1999

Comedy Drama

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