Sleepless in Seattle

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Synopsis

It's Christmas Eve and radio talk show psychologist Marcia Fieldstone has asked her listening audience what they are wishing and dreaming of during this season of hope. A little boy, who is tuned in from Seattle calls in his wish, a new wife for his father who has been widowed for a year and a half. Meanwhile, all the way across the country, punching buttons on her car radio as she drives from Baltimore to Washington, D.C., Annie Reed hears Jonah and is immediately captivated by him and his selfless Christmas wish. Jonah and his dad are immediately besieged by countless letters from listeners reaching out to help, including thousands of marriage proposals from women across the country. Meanwhile, Annie becomes convinced that it is her destiny to meet Sam, Jonah's lovely dad. And as Annie sees it, there are just two minor problems. First, she is presently engaged to marry another man whom she does love. And, of course, Jonah's dad does not even know yet that he and Annie are made for each other.

Cast

  • Tom Hanks
  • Ross Malinger
  • Rita Wilson
  • Victor Garber
  • Tom Riis Farrell
  • Carey Lowell
  • Meg Ryan
  • Bill Pullman
  • Le Clanché du Rand
  • Kevin O'Morrison

Did You Know?

Trivia

  • A pre-Seinfeld (1989) reference to the real-life "Soup Nazi": A male journalist is speaking as Meg Ryan enters an office at her newspaper, saying, "...he's the meanest guy in the world, but he makes the best soup you've ever eaten."
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Goofs

  • West Coast broadcasts of the New Year's ball drop at Times Square in New York are delayed 3 hours to midnight Pacific Time.
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Quotes

    • Annie Reed: Destiny is something we've invented because we can't stand the fact that everything that happens is accidental.
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Metacritic

100

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.

Metacritic review by Peter Travers
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
100

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.

Metacritic review by Rick Groen
Rick Groen
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
75

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).

Metacritic review by Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times