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5.0 out of 5 stars "It rains nine months a year in Seattle."
In 1993, Nora Ephron directed and co-wrote the screenplay for the charming film "Sleepless in Seattle". The story, which was written by Jeff Arch, is about two strangers: the recently widowed architect Sam Baldwin (Tom Hanks) and writer Annie Reed (Meg Ryan). Sam lives in Seattle with his 8-year-old son Jonah (Ross Malinger), and Annie lives on the east coast...
Published on Feb. 14 2004 by M. Hart

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3.0 out of 5 stars Not Great, but it Works as a Feel-Good Modern Fable
Nora Ephron's SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE (1993) is a nice fairy-tale of a movie that takes its primary inspiration from a classic Hollywood film, is written & directed by a chick-flick veteran, stars a pair of actors in what is at least their third on-screen pairing, and somehow comes out smelling as fresh as a newly-picked rose. This is a perfect date film, tailor-made for...
Published on Feb. 29 2004 by Robert J. Schneider


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5.0 out of 5 stars "It rains nine months a year in Seattle.", Feb. 14 2004
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M. Hart "Sci-Fi Fan" (USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Sleepless in Seattle 10th Anniversary Edition (DVD)
In 1993, Nora Ephron directed and co-wrote the screenplay for the charming film "Sleepless in Seattle". The story, which was written by Jeff Arch, is about two strangers: the recently widowed architect Sam Baldwin (Tom Hanks) and writer Annie Reed (Meg Ryan). Sam lives in Seattle with his 8-year-old son Jonah (Ross Malinger), and Annie lives on the east coast and is recently engaged to the very allergic Walter (Bill Pullman). While driving from her parent's home on Christmas Eve, Annie turns on the radio, which is tuned to a talk show hosted by radio-psychologist Dr. Marcia Fieldstone (voice of Caroline Aaron). Wanting to help his dad find a new wife, Jonah calls Dr. Fieldstone who convinces Jonah to put Sam on the phone. Initially reluctant to talk, Sam suddenly lets out his emotions about how much he misses his deceased wife and how difficult it is for him to sleep at night. Hence, he is given the name of "Sleepless in Seattle" on the show. Annie is deeply moved as she hears him, as are many other women who heard the show. After discussing the show with her friend and coworker Becky (Rosie O'Donnell), Annie is determined to meet Sam, in spite of the fact that she's engaged to Walter and Sam lives 3000 miles away. Annie eventually writes to Sam in care of the radio station (along with several other hundred women who had done the same), and tries to rationalize her behavior by seeking more advice from her psychologist brother Dennis (David Hyde Pierce). Thinking that all of the women who have written could be crazy, Sam has no interest in any of them and begins to date the cackling Victoria (Barbara Garrick) after talking with his friend Jay (Rob Reiner); but Jonah likes Annie from the content of her letter and wants his Dad to fly to NYC to meet her on the Empire State Building on Valentine's Day, like in the 1957 film "An Affair to Remember".
"Sleepless in Seattle" is a very engaging and entertaining film, in part because of the touching story, but also because of the fine acting from Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, Rosie O'Donnell and Ross Malinger. Other memorable characters in the film include Sam's friends Greg (Victor Garber) and Suzy (Rita Wilson); as well as Johan's 8-year-old friend Jessica (Gaby Hoffman), Claire Bennett (Dana Ivey) and the deceased Maggie Abbott Baldwin (Carey Lowell). Memorable scenes in the film include the funeral, Jonah & Sam on the phone with Dr. Fieldstone, Annie listening to the radio, Annie at work with Becky, Annie writing her letter, Annie with Dennis, Annie's trip to Seattle, Annie in NYC with Walter and the closing scenes. The film's wonderful soundtrack includes two songs performed by Jimmy Durante (1893-1980, "As Time Goes By" and "Make Someone Happy"), as well as Gene Autrey's "Back in the Saddle Again", Louis Armstong's performance of "A Kiss to Build a Dream On", and many more. The film received two Oscar nominations for Best Song and Best Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen.
Overall, I rate "Sleepless in Seattle" with 5 out of 5 stars. Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan would perform together again in the 1998 film "You've Got Mail" (which wasn't as good). They also worked together in the 1990 film "Joe Versus the Volcano". David Hyde Pierce went on to play another psychologist shortly thereafter in the very popular 1993-2004 TV series "Frasier", which ironically takes place in Seattle.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An All time favorite, April 12 2004
This review is from: Sleepless in Seattle 10th Anniversary Edition (DVD)
One of the greatest movies ever.
I cry everytime I see it, over a dozen time and I'm a guy.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not Great, but it Works as a Feel-Good Modern Fable, Feb. 29 2004
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Robert J. Schneider (Tacoma, WA USA) - See all my reviews
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Nora Ephron's SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE (1993) is a nice fairy-tale of a movie that takes its primary inspiration from a classic Hollywood film, is written & directed by a chick-flick veteran, stars a pair of actors in what is at least their third on-screen pairing, and somehow comes out smelling as fresh as a newly-picked rose. This is a perfect date film, tailor-made for Valentine's Day. It creates the proper romantic mood for you & yours, while not requiring anyone to think too hard; put it to you this way, you won't miss much during your obligatory necking sessions.
The Hollywood classic is AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER (1957), to which numerous references are made throughout this film. The two stars of that earlier picture are Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr. The two stars of this film are, of course, Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. The combination of them with chick-flick queen Nora Ephron would lead you to believe that this movie is super-schmaltzy. Although the story unfolds according to the predictable manipulations of Ephron, and contains too many too-good-to-be-believable coincidences, it is ripe with sarcastic humor and even downplays its own hokiness. There's even a cute reference in it that a character makes towards films of this type.
It is very well-acted. As has been mentioned, this film was released in 1993, when Tom Hanks was finding himself as an actor; in fact, his very next film was PHILADELPHIA (also 1993), for which he deservedly won his first Oscar for Best Actor in an extremely complex role. This performance, while not as deep, is still quietly nuanced--and very sympathetic. It rings true, unlike the machinations of the script. Meg Ryan is also in fine form here, really finding her own quiet nuances while avoiding her previous tendencies to play cutsy. Ross Malinger, playing the young-but-wise son of Tom Hanks' character, does very well, even if the script provides him with some pretty unbelievable things to say at times. We also get a fine performance, even if it is essentially one-note, from Bill Pullman; I loved his touching scene with Ryan at the rooftop hotel restaurant late in the film. Also adding to the festivities are Rosie O'Donnell, David Hyde Pierce and Rob Reiner; each contributing his/her own unique brand of comedy. There's even a memorable cameo by Tom Hanks' real-life wife Rita Wilson.
Lastly, I like the way this movie makes good use of its Seattle and New York City locations. SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE may not make you sleepless, but it will entertain you, and maybe even bring out some of the hopeless romantic lurking somewhere in the depths of your heart and soul.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sleepless in Seattle is a guys movie too!!, June 28 2014
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Great tear jerker movie with a great ending and terrific sound track which I also ordered and enjoy in my car . Young Tom Hanks is fun to watch as he bumbles through love and his close relationship with his son . A feel good film .
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5.0 out of 5 stars romantic, May 24 2014
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Hanks and Ryan are so good at acting together that they make this movie seem like reality and that true love is possible.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A widow needs a wife, July 15 2013
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A midnight phone to a talk show by the son leads to a number of rather comical incidents that eventually are resolved.
The writer involved in this affair does the research with the excuse of what these selfhelp talk shaows are all about.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sleepless in seattle, July 7 2013
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One of those cute Tom Hands & Meg Ryan movies. They really work well together. Great acting from the little guy who plays Jonah.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Need For Happy Endings, April 4 2013
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Robert C. Day "Rob Day" (Ottawa, Ontario Canada) - See all my reviews
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While many viewers would suggest that this is a sugar-coated fantasy that shouldn't rate a second look and in making that determination they miss the entire point of the movie. The movies' underlying theme is the earnest hope that all of us have tucked deep down inside that "Somewhere" there is a person to love us. This movie, when thought about earnestly, notes the adversity that men and women must face in order to find happiness and fulfillment. However, it offers hope to those who are searching for the someone that they can connect with in their search to find someone to fill their emotional needs as a person. This movies' central theme is that their is always hope. The characters find that despite the various off-beat ways that one can find that "special" someone there is always someone to be found at the end of the search whether it be a momentary gazing or a radio talk show program. If you are a cynic you might overlook this movie but if you are like the majority of us, this movie is an affirmation of life and love.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good movie, June 13 2012
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This movie is one of my friend's favorite and so bought it online for a good price (almost $10 with shipping and taxes). The picture quality was ok (played it on my Blu-ray player so don't know how it will play out on standard players)

All in all a nice gift idea and something to have in collection for your lady friends
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Great Chick Flicks, April 30 2012
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My wife loves romantic movies, and I am willing to indulge her taste. This is really a movie about romance as depicted by the movies but it is still a romantic movie and something of a classic. It also has the advantage of complying with her high standards for family suitable viewing while still having its own touch of comedy and drama. The acting is great, the plot doesn't require too much suspension of belief, and we both enjoyed it. We are happy to add it to our collection for seeing again as it has both quality and class.
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