Sleepless in Seattle

Sleepless in Seattle

Nora Ephron (1993)

PG Certificate


Our Score
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.


A widowed father is coping badly with his wife's death, but his son is convinced that what he really needs is some new romance in his life. He arranges for his dad to go on a radio phone-in show, and his touching story moves a reporter to respond, even though she is already engaged. She returns to her fiance, but the boy, certain she is the woman for his father, plots to bring them together. Romantic comedy, with Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan.

Cast & Crew

Sam Baldwin Tom Hanks
Annie Reed Meg Ryan
Walter Bill Pullman
Becky Rosie O'Donnell
Jonah Baldwin Ross Malinger
Jessica Gaby Hoffmann
Greg Victor Garber
Suzy Rita Wilson
Director Nora Ephron
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Park CircusGuidance: Edited for language. Available on: video and DVD
Comedy Drama