• Message in a Bottle (1999)

Message in a Bottle

Release Date: February 12th, 1999

DVD Release Date: August 3rd, 1999

PG-13 |2 hr 5 min

Plot Summary

During her morning jog on the beach, journalist Theresa Osborne (Robin Wright Penn) discovers a bottle protruding from the sand. Inside it, she finds a heartbreaking, anonymous love letter. After her paper publishes the letter, Osborne tracks down the letter's reclusive author, world-weary widower Garret Blake (Kevin Costner), in the Carolinas. But, as Osborne finds herself falling hopelessly in love with Blake, she becomes wracked with guilt over the real impetus for her visit.

Cast: Kevin Costner, Robin Wright, Paul Newman, John Savage, Illeana Douglas, Robbie Coltrane, Jesse James, Bethel Leslie

Director: Luis Mandoki

Genres: Romance

Production Co: DiNovi Pictures, Bel Air Entertainment, Tig Productions

Distributors: Warner Bros., Warner Bros. Pictures

Keywords: Office, Melodramatic, Investigation, 1990s, Love, Moving, Father, Pursuit

Ratings & Reviews

  • 75
    James BerardinelliReelViews

    It's not a great film, but it succeeds in being both tender and cathartic. show more

  • 63
    Mike ClarkUSA Today

    At least this movie has flashes of humor, thought nearly all come courtesy of Newman. [12 February 1999, Life, p.8E]

  • 50
    Peter TraversRolling Stone

    It's love with tragic complications, and director Luis Mandoki drags the torture out for two-plus hours. show more

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