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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 Hoffman, Victor Garber

Director: Nora Ephron

Genres: Romantic comedy

Production Co: TriStar Pictures

Distributors: Columbia Tristar

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

Ratings & Reviews

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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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Nominated Original Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1993)
Nominated Writing (Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen)
Nominated Music (Original Song)
Nominated Score
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1993)
Nominated Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical