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Sleepless in Seattle

  • Comedy
  • Romance
  • 1993
  • Nora Ephron
  • 100 mins
  • PG

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.

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Review

A star rating of 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.

Credits

Cast

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Sam BaldwinTom Hanks
Annie ReedMeg Ryan
Jonah BaldwinRoss Malinger
BeckyRosie O'Donnell
JayRob Reiner
WalterBill Pullman
SuzyRita Wilson
GregVictor Garber
RobTom Riis Farrell
Maggie BaldwinCarey Lowell
Barbara ReedLe Clanche Du Rand
Cliff ReedKevin O'Morrison
Dennis ReedDavid Hyde Pierce

Crew

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DirectorNora Ephron

Details

Theatrical distributor
Park Circus
Released on
2014-02-14
Languages
English
Guidance
Edited for language.
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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