• Sleepless in Seattle (1993)

Sleepless in Seattle

Release Date: June 25th, 1993

DVD Release Date: June 24th, 1997

PG |1 hr 44 min

Plot Summary

After the death of his wife, Sam Baldwin (Tom Hanks) moves to Seattle with his son, Jonah (Ross Mallinger). When Jonah calls in to a talk-radio program to find a new wife for his father, Sam grudgingly gets on the line to discuss his feelings. Annie Reed (Meg Ryan), a reporter in Baltimore, hears Sam speak and falls for him, even though she is engaged. Unsure where it will lead, she writes Sam a letter asking him to meet her at the Empire State Building on Valentine's Day.

Cast: Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, Bill Pullman, Ross Mallinger, Rosie O'Donnell, Rob Reiner, Gaby Hoffmann, Victor Garber

Director: Nora Ephron

Genres: Romantic comedy

Production Co: TriStar Pictures

Distributors: Columbia Tristar

Keywords: Melodramatic , 1990s , Sister , Endearing , New York City , Charming , Love , Amusing ,

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Peter TraversRolling Stone

    Ephron homes in on what's been missing in movies and in life: ardor, longing and smart talk about the screwed-up notions that pass for love. show more

  • 100
    Rick GroenThe Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Consequently, Ephron is forced to shape and integrate the twin halves of the picture, and she does a splendid job - the intercutting is always fluid and never mechanical. Better yet, the script keeps surprising us, setting up stock situations and then pulling away from a stock treatment. show more

  • 75
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    Ephron develops this story with all of the heartfelt sincerity of a 1950s tearjerker (indeed, the movie's characters spend a lot of time watching "An Affair to Remember" and using it as their romantic compass). show more

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Nominated Music (Original Song)
Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
Nominated Score for a Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1994)
Nominated Writing (Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen)
Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
Nominated Original Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1994)
Nominated Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical