Sleepless in Seattle
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Sleepless in Seattle

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Director: Nora Ephron

Cast: Nora Ephron, Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, Bill Pullman

     
 

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Sleepless in Seattle, the sophomore directorial effort from Nora Ephron, is a light romantic comedy inspired by the 1957 film An Affair to Remember. Tom Hanks stars as widower and single father Sam. When Sam's son, Jonah (Ross Malinger), calls into a talk radio program looking for a new mother, Sam ends up getting on the phone and laments about his lostSee more details below

Overview

Sleepless in Seattle, the sophomore directorial effort from Nora Ephron, is a light romantic comedy inspired by the 1957 film An Affair to Remember. Tom Hanks stars as widower and single father Sam. When Sam's son, Jonah (Ross Malinger), calls into a talk radio program looking for a new mother, Sam ends up getting on the phone and laments about his lost love. Thousands of miles away, Annie (Meg Ryan) hears the program and immediately falls in love with Sam, despite the fact that she has never met him and that she is engaged to humdrum Walter (Bill Pullman). Believing they are meant to be together, Annie sets out for Seattle to meet Sam, who, meanwhile, contends with an onslaught of letters from available women equally touched by his phone call. Rosie O'Donnell, Rita Wilson, and Rob Reiner also star.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Michael Costello
Nora Ephron's gentle romantic comedy, a throwback to the tearjerkers of the '40s and '50s, is saved from mawkishness by a combination of deft one-liners and a typically winning performance by Tom Hanks. Ephron, who made her reputation as a tough, no-nonsense journalist and author in the '60s before moving on to screenwriting, was also famous for having eviscerated her two ex-husbands in print. Whether her late-career foray into romantic comedy signaled a new-found vulnerability or a keen awareness of film industry economics, only she can say. The film uses Leo McCarey's An Affair to Remember (1957) as a touchstone, and its gossamer plot is similarly based on coincidence, as an affianced journalist (Meg Ryan) becomes enamored of an architect (Hanks) after hearing him express his love for his deceased wife on a radio call-in show. Though the film offers little in the way of surprise, Ephron was shrewd in casting Hanks, an actor whose rare ability to play both his character's melancholy and deadpan wit help to keep the project's saccharine quotient at a tolerable level. Ross Malinger, who plays his young son, also scores here, a kid with the timing and delivery of a veteran tummler. Ryan is appealing, but is saddled with a vague character defined mostly by her date with destiny. To enhance the mood the film, it features a soundtrack of love songs from earlier decades by the likes of Nat King Cole and Ray Charles, which can be enjoyed even by those who are a mite skeptical about what they've been watching.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/25/1997
UPC:
0043396524194
Original Release:
1993
Rating:
PG
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Surround]
Time:
1:45:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; [None specified]

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tom Hanks Sam Baldwin
Meg Ryan Annie Reed
Bill Pullman Walter
Ross Malinger Jonah Baldwin
Rosie O'Donnell Becky
Victor Garber Greg
Rob Reiner Jay
Dana Ivey Claire
Gaby Hoffmann Jessica
Rita Wilson Suzy
Barbara Garrick Victoria
Carey Lowell Maggie Baldwin
Juliet Taylor Actor
Sarah Trigger Actor
Le Clanche DuRand Barbara Reed
Calvin Trillin Uncle Milton
Tom Riis Farrell Rob
Kevin O'Morrison Cliff Reed
David Hyde Pierce Dennis Reed
Frances Conroy Irene Reed
Tom Tammi Harold Reed
Caroline Aaron Dr. Marcia Fieldstone
Linda Wallem Loretta
La Tanya Richardson Harriet
Tom McGowan Keith
Brian McConnachie Bob
Matt Smith Mailman
Victor Morris Seattle Maitre D'
Donald Lee Seattle Detective
Diane Sokolow Tiffany Saleswoman
Hannah Cox Jessica's Mother
Rich Hawkins Jessica's Father
Michael Badalucco New York Taxi Dispatcher
Jeff Mazzola New York Taxi Dispatcher
Philip Levy Taxi Driver
Julie Janney Cynthia
John Boylan Elevator Man
Sidney Armus Information Booth Man

Technical Credits
Nora Ephron Director,Screenwriter
Jeff Arch Original Story,Screenwriter
Larry Atlas Screenwriter
Jane Bartelme Associate Producer
Charley Beal Art Director
Patrick Crowley Executive Producer
Charles Daboub Set Decoration/Design
Leonard Engelman Makeup
Delia Ephron Associate Producer
Gary Foster Producer
Gershon Ginsburg Art Director
Clay Griffith Set Decoration/Design
Kevin Jewison Camera Operator
Sven Nykvist Cinematographer
Lynda Obst Executive Producer
Robert Reitano Editor
Judy Ruskin Costumes/Costume Designer
Marc Shaiman Score Composer
James W. Skotchdopole Associate Producer
Juliet Taylor Casting
Jeffrey Townsend Production Designer
David S. Ward Screenwriter

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Scene Index

Chapter Selections
0. Chapter Selections
1. Preview [2:45]
2. Start [:19]
3. "He's just a guy who's lost his wife" [3:18]
4. (As Time Goes By, Jimmy Durante) [1:47]
5. Relative review [1:09]
6. Annie's announcement; Walter's allergies [2:24]
7. How take-out changed her life [2:49]
8. "They loved you" [:53]
9. You And Your Emotions [2:13]
10. Sam and Dr. Marcia [3:50]
11. Dumping on what he said [:53]
12. ."..I'm going to get out of bed every morning...." [2:35]
13. Staff meeting [2:05]
14. Lunch with Annie and Becky [:55]
15. Valentine's Day weekend plans [1:05]
16. New Year's Eve in Seattle [3:28]
17. Claire's problem [1:30]
18. Mail call: "Dear Sleepless in Seattle..." [2:48]
19. Sleepless in Baltimore [3:09]
20. "I am having all these fantasies..." [1:34]
21. What women are looking for: tiramisu and swatches [2:26]
22. "h.n.g." [1:33]
23. Sam calls Victoria [1:53]
24. An Affair To Remember [2:30]
25. Dreams [3:42]
26. Researching Samuel Baldwin [2:13]
27. Sign Language [1:38]
28. Sam's date [1:54]
29. Johah meets Victoria [2:18]
30. Call in the night; closet case [2:34]
31. Making their excuses [1:12]
32. "Y.O.H."; Annie's field trip [1:38]
33. Seeing Victoria off; making an impression [2:34]
34. "I watched him play with his son at the beach" [3:27]
35. Two ships in the night [1:30]
36. "And all I could say was...hello"; a letter from Sam? [2:42]
37. AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER vs. THE DIRTY DOZEN [3:34]
38. Jessica's travel agency [1:16]
39. Annie and Walter in New York [4:03]
40. "Is this about that woman?"; FATAL ATTRACTION [2:08]
41. Searching for Jonah; "N.Y." [1:33]
42. United 597; the Empire State Building [1:51]
43. Dinner with a view [:45]
44. In pursuit; on the observation deck [1:36]
45. Walter's sacrifice [1:38]
46. Reunited [1:16]
47. Last run [1:15]
48. Too Late?; destiny fulfilled [5:27]
49. End credits [3:45]

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