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RELEASED: 1993, Cert. PG
RUNNING TIME: Approx. 105 mins
DIRECTOR/SCREENPLAY: Nora Ephron
PRODUCER: Gary Foster
MUSIC: Marc Shaiman
Tom Hanks as Sam Baldwin
Meg Ryan as Annie Reed
Ross Malinger as Jonah Baldwin
Bill Pullman as Walter
FILM ONLY REVIEW
Sam is sad and lonely after the death of his wife and has spent months in grief, throwing all his energies into looking after Jonah, his little son.
Wanting his dad to be happy again, Jonah one night calls a phone-in programme on a radio station, asking for advice from the DJ as to how he can find him a new wife. Bullied into doing so by Jonah, Sam reluctantly speaks to the DJ and as a result, is the recipient over the next few weeks of mountains of fan mail from lonely women - none of which interest him in the slightest.
Annie is engaged to multi-allergy sufferer Walter, and the wedding is very imminent. After having listened to late night radio and hearing both Jonah and Sam speak on air, Annie is touched by their plight to the point where she wants to meet up with Sam and hovers between trying to arrange a 'chance' encounter and trying to erase him from her mind by concentrating on her forthcoming wedding with Walter.
That very loosely sets the scene....give it a watch to find out what happens!
Although I clearly recall an occasion when I watched Sleepless In Seattle on cable TV a lot of years ago, I remembered little or nothing about it until my recent viewing. The fact that the contents of the film had somehow become erased from my memory made me a little wary, thinking that if it was so good, why couldn't I remember anything about it?
Sleepless In Seattle is a light-hearted romance which although the very beginning (Sam's wife's funeral) is totally serious, the remainder is done in rom-com style. As I was watching recently, pieces of the film unearthed themselves from the dormant part of my memory, and I was then able to recall that in the mid-1990s when I first saw it, I had sort of hallmarked it as a springboard that a whole catalogue of - in my opinion - dire films catapulted into the arena from.
For me, Sleepless In Seattle is quite a watchable film, although I am not overly impressed by the acting from any of the cast members. I do find Meg Ryan quite irritating at the best of times, although in this film she is tolerable, and Tom Hanks has a bundle of performances under his belt which are far superior to this one, where he plays the character of bereaved dad Sam. I think overall my favourite character is the kindly but annoying Walter, who early on in the film makes it very clear that he is allergic to bees...amongst most other things. I feel Bill Pullman injected enough humour into his role to compensate for the lack of material in the remainder of the film which is capable of stimulating my sense of mirth. I'm not saying it isn't a funny film....just that this particular brand of humour doesn't really appeal to me.
There is a mood present in Sleepless In Seattle which I'm not really comfortable with, yet it is very difficult to describe what I mean. I think it could be that I find it perhaps a bit too neat, twee and on the surface. When it comes to romance, even if it is a comedy, I prefer a greater degree of depth. As a whole, I think what probably saves the day with this film is the way it is put together; in that sense, it is quite well done, but not enough to really tug at my heart strings or impress me to the point where I wander around open-mouthed in awe for the next few days.
I am in two minds about the music, some of which I find quite pleasant, and some I find fairly boring. Instead of taking standard, classic songs and having cover versions of them performed for the purpose of the soundtrack, I'd always prefer to hear something original, say if the production/direction team had paid a musician to write something solely for the film itself.
Despite me not being the world's greatest fan of Sleepless In Seattle, I will say that it is quite watchable and I don't have a complete downer on it, and would say that it scores quite a bit lower on the yawn factor than many later films in this genre manage to grimly achieve. It is the sort of movie I feel is probably best viewed when something light and undemanding is required, say after a huge, mountainous Christmas dinner when all you want to do is flop out in front of the TV and not have to concentrate particularly hard....on that sort of occasion, it is something I'd welcome and would probably enjoy a lot more. I suppose overall it is quite a sweet storyline, but my appreciation levels of the film would rise quite sharply if the humour contained within matched my own sense of. Also, and as a final observation, it is my view that this could probably, or even definitely, be one for the girls?
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I had wanted to see Sleepless in Seattle for ages, it seems like one of them classic chick flicks that everyone really loves like Pretty Woman and When Harry Met Sally. I really love chick flicks but some of them these days are getting far too predictable so I wanted to go vintage, hoping that it would be a bit better than what it is these days!
The premises was quite nice, no doubt it'll be repeated in some film again soon! A widower's son rings into a radio station chat show worried about his Dad, saying that he wants a new wife. Annie is on the other side of the country, and can't help but be enchanted by 'Sleepless in Seattle' and his chat on the radio, she feels as if she's in love with someone she's never even met. Yet there's a problem, she's engaged and she's never met Sam. Will fate intervene and will they ever meet?
I instantly got a good impression of it because of the two leads who I thought worked really well together despite not actually having that much screen time together, it was mainly them separate with their own lives trying to get to each other. Meg Ryan has to be one of my favourite actresses after watching When Harry Met Sally which I think was also made around this time, and this film just established this fact; after watching the film I decided that I'll need to buy a lot more of her films! The two leads are also in another film You've Got Mail. In addition to the leads being really good though, the young boy, Ross Malinger, playing Tom Hanks son was also excellent and was the real star of the film - I was surprised when I looked him up and he's not acting anymore!
Overall I really enjoyed this film, and I have to say that I think I need to be buying a lot more older chick flicks because they seem a lot better! It is also seemed not such a typical storyline, starting with a death.
Finding myself with an unaccustomed few hours to myself yesterday I decided to sit down with a dvd in the afternoon and chose Sleepless in Seattle. I watched this film many years ago, probably around the time it first came out in 1993, but could only remember the bare bones of the story so it was almost like watching it for the first time.
The story starts with the funeral of Sam's (Tom Hanks) wife Maggie (Carey Lowell) who is also mother to their little boy Jonah (Ross Malinger). It soon becomes clear that Sam is not coping at all well with the loss of his wife and he is finding it difficult to function normally at home or work as he sees Maggie in everything that he does and wherever he goes. Due to this he decides to move to Seattle on the west coast of America to start a new life where he hopes he can lay Maggie's ghost to rest. However, he still can't seem to come to terms with Maggie's death and sees her image when he tries to go to sleep. Jonah is aware that his Dad is finding life difficult and although he misses his mum greatly decides that the best way forward for Sam is for him to start dating again and find a new wife (and a new mum for Jonah). With this in mind he phones a late night radio show which features a Doctor who tries to help people with their problems and talks to her about his Dad and how he misses his wife. She insists that Sam comes to the phone and after much cajoling on Jonah's part he does and slowly starts talking about Maggie and how their relationship was like magic.
Meanwhile, in Baltimore, on the East Cost of America, Annie, a journalist, has just announced her engagement to Walter, a good, if somewhat predicable man whom she believes she loves. Whilst driving alone to Walter's parents, Annie hears Jonah and Sam on the radio and is touched by Sam's love for his dead wife and the way he expresses this. Annie starts to question her feelings for Walter and whether he is the love of her life and feels that there is a connection between her and Sam that is missing between herself and Walter. She uses her journalist contacts to try and find out where Sam lives. The story continues to follow Annie's attempts to find Sam, often with amusing outcomes.
I thought that Tom Hanks played his part well as father to Jonah, whilst watching the film I could believe that Jonah really was his son as he portrayed such love and tenderness towards him. Thankfully I have no experience of losing a partner but Tom Hanks' portrayal of Sam enabled me to imagine what it might be like and I felt as though I could identify with his pain.
Ross Malinger showed good acting as the little boy who was so concerned for his father that he was prepared to go to great lengths to help him find a new partner.
Meg Ryan was excellent in her role as Annie and played the part with the right mix of comedy and poignancy. There was definitely a spark of chemistry between herself and Tom Hanks that made me want them to get together even when it looked as though any meeting was doomed.
The story is based on the film "An Affair To Remember" which was made in 1957 and starred Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr. There are many references to this film in Sleepless in Seattle as Annie and her friend think it is the most romantic film ever and are always watching it and imagining how their lives could be if they met a man such as Cary Grant's character. Even the theme music is the same as an Affair To Remember. There are also lots of other popular and recognisable songs in Sleepless in Seattle, such as Stand By Your Man, When I Fall In Love, Stardust, In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning and many others.
This film is successful as it plays on our idea of "perfect love" and the idea that there is not just one person for everyone, but maybe two or more and that it is just a case of finding them. I used to love watching old romantic films when I was a teenager always happy to know that in the end the two main characters would get together despite problems and obstacles that had to be overcome first. This is highlighted in the film by Annie's friend Becky telling her that "you don't want love, you want movie love". Annie's mother tells her that when she met her father it was like "magic" and Annie realises that this vital ingredient is missing from her relationship with Walter. One of the nice things about the film is that Walter isn't a bad man, he loves Annie, he is just not right for her because he is too predictable and safe and she is looking for a bit more excitement. Annie too, is a nice person who doesn't want to hurt anyone but feels that she must follow her feelings.
This is a lovely film which will have you smiling with amusement one minute and shedding a tear the next. Great for a romantic night in with the other half or a girly evening with friends. Definitely recommended.
Sleepless in Seattle has been on TV quite a bit just recently and it is an enjoyable romance with some nice touching humourous moments and a quaint sort of modern fairytale feel to it. The film stars Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks.
Ryans character is about to get married to her long term fiance and they have a steady if not rather dull relationship and over the festive period as he meets her family she begins to have her doubts about the strength of her feelings. She lives on the east coast and one night while driving home from her parents she tunes in to a syndicated radio talk show which is a sort of agony aunt show and a young boy from Seattle phones in who tells a sad story about wanting a new wife for his insomniac father who is still mourning the death of his wife and the boys mother. he little boys captures the heart of the radio audience and when his father (Hanks) is put on the line and begins to share his feelings it touches a nerve with both Ryan and many other women.
There is a quaint innocence about this film which is actually quite refreshing, a film that is unashamedly soppy and sentimental it is a nice bit of escapism that this slightly cynical twenty something of the world actually warmed to and really enjoyed.
Hanks and Ryan play their roles with consumate ease and despite the storyline being rather thin in places they deliver good quality performances that carries the film over the roughly two hour run time, well that was how long the TV version I watched lasted.
A good quality romantic film with some nice comedy moments, yu may want to kick the other half out and enjoy this on your own with a box of chocolates. Four stars from me which it thoroughly deserves.
This was on yesterday afternoon, and despite my better judgment, I sat down with my wife and our son to watch it. I armed myself with the computer in case of extreme boredom, plonked down my cup of coffee, and pretended to be excited.
Around 2 hours later (including ads), I had barely looked at the computer screen, and my coffee had gone cold. Much to my surprise, this lighthearted romance film with an element of comedy to it had warmed my chilly Sunday afternoon, rendering me a pathetic and emotional lump of a man, devoid of testosterone.
The tale is simple enough. A boy decides his dad needs a new wife, and so he goes live on air with a Seattle radio station and wins over the nation's hearts. His dad receives floods of letters from women seeking romance and love. In amongst the letters, one woman shines out, and finds her life changed by the notion of meeting the man of her dreams.
Really, the film plays on the romance a bit too much, and could have been in danger of overdoing it by a long way. The curious thing is, though, that lead actors Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan both manage to play their roles with relaxed and believable innocence and curiosity throughout. You really get the feeling of emotion coming through, and this is probably what won it over for me.
It was the first time I had watched it. My son got bored and started playing with his lego. Doubt he'll bother again until he's older. My wife had seen it bucketloads of times before, yet she still remained transfixed throughout, completely taken in by the romance side of things. And I have to admit, I was impressed. You really find yourself rooting for them to get together all the way through, and despite the unlikely nature of it, the appeal is that sort of fairytale romance that rarely blossoms. There is no anticlimax at all. The romance just keeps building and building towards the end.
The music was also appropriate, featuring a decent collection of love songs, the sort of things you would see on an album entitled 'Most Pukable Love Songs Ever' or something, but never did I feel that the romance was too sickly. I was surprised at this, because I normally need a majority in the comedy stakes to make a romance film work for me. This leans firmly on the romance side, and still won me over.
I recommend giving this a go. It's an enjoyable watch, so long as you can stomach a bit of romance. Lovely film, well worth the £2.30 you can get it for on amazon.co.uk for at the moment. Highly recommended.
Well lets be honest, love it or hate it, Sleepless in Seattle is one of the most famous romantic comedies of all time! The film came out back in 1993, doesn't seem like that long ago! The film was nominated for two Oscars and won lots of other awards. Since it was released it really has gone on to be a huge film that is still shown on TV on a regular basis.
The film was directed by Nora Ephron and stars of course, Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan.
The film tells the story of a single man named Sam Baldwin. His wife passed away a few years back and he has not been the same since. Sam's little boy Jonah decides his dad needs some help, so he calls in a radio talk show and tells the host all about his dads problems. The host soon has Sam on the phone, much to his disgust. But he tells her the story of his life and tells her how he now can't sleep for thinking of his wife. As he lives in Seattle, he becomes known as Sleepless in Seattle.
At the same time Annie Reed is listening to the radio. She is trapped in a relationship with a man who she is unsure about. Upon hearing Sams tale something makes her sit up and take note. Then the story follows Annie as she tries to track down Sam and see what happens.
This is a classic film in every sense. I'm not really big on the whole chick flick thing, but even I have to admit this is good. The story is really moving but at the same time there are plenty of laughs. Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan play there roles perfectly and the chemistry is there for all to see.
There is so much that is good about this film. It really set the standard for many romantic comedies that followed. The story always make me smile and you find yourself becoming involved with the characters and really living the story.
The film runs for 105 minutes which I feel is just about perfect. I was certainly not bored by the film, but at the same time I think it ended when it should of ended.
The film is rated as PG. There is some mild language and sexual references but certainly nothing to serious that should offend anyone.
The DVD itself has the standard features such as trailers and other bits and bobs. Really you should buy this DVD for the film and not for any extras you might be looking for!
Overall this is a great film. I've seen this so many times and I always enjoy it. I'm a big fan of Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan so I suppose that helps, but even so there is just so much to enjoy about this film. If you have never seen it, where have you been? Go and get yourself a copy as soon as possible!!
Some of my friends grow wary when I mention that movie, and most of them do not like Sleepless in Seattle because they harshly claim this film to be a remake of An Affair to Remember. Personally, I would rather call this film a tribute to An Affair to Remember instead of merely copying several elements from the first movie. I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed watching this film. It was quite simple in fact, but was extremely sweet and touching. What I particularly love about this film is that it does not really stock up on melodramatic features like many other movies; I would rather say that it is simple and direct to the point. I watched both films and I most particularly liked Sleepless in Seattle mainly for this very lack of drama and clichéd elements.
Having recently lost his wife to cancer, Sam Baldwin moves to Seattle with his son in an attempt to turn their rather depressing lives around. But Sam's wounds are much too deep to heal and he sinks in bouts of depression and this affects his young son very much. On day, Jonah (his son) calls a radio advice show and practically forces his father to go on air and relate his whole story. With an uncountable number of women listening to him, Sam suddenly becomes the most eligible bachelor. But Annie Reed, a happily engaged woman simply cannot understand why Sam's testimony touched her so much and she decides to send him a letter...
What I also loved about this movie was the dualistic opinions, as well as the "two sides of the coin" aspect that it offered. Since Sam and Annie never met and never even talked to each other before, my guess is that it would have been quite touch to manage to decipher the romantic aspect of the film. I was quite baffled, however, when I saw that Sleepless in Seattle managed to have quite an intense and romantic atmosphere all throughout, despite the very fact that the lead actors barely have scenes together. The unfortunate part in this, though, is that it is very hard for the audience to really situate the on-screen chemistry between Sam and Annie. That being said, I personally attribute the dialogue towards the romantic aspect of this film as a whole.
The dialogue in Sleepless in Seattle does have this poetic flow which I always seem to look for in sentimental movies and books. In fact, the bit that I best enjoyed was when Sam narrated his story on the radio: I do believe that the actor really put his heart in this particular scene because the narration was really, really touching. I think that there was just a teeny tiny bit of exaggeration in the feelings at that part but overall this particular delivery did manage to convey the right feelings to the audience.
Meg Ryan was in her element in this film, I guess that she got quite used to playing similar roles in nearly all of her movies! I am not too fond of her but I have to say that she gave quite a good performance in this film. At times her character tended to become a little bit dull but I particularly appreciated the manner in which she depicted certain conflicts of emotions. I cannot really blame the actress for the dull aspect of the character in one or two scenes because I have to admit that these scenes were not really calling for more action. But her line delivery was quite fluent and I think that she remained quite in touch with the general feeling of the plot.
The cast includes:
* Tom Hanks
* Ross Malinger
* Rita Wilson
* Victor Garber
* Meg Ryan
DVD Bonus features:
* Commentary tracks
Nothing overly special about the bonus tracks. I liked the Featurettes most, they were really very fun and entertaining.
Overall, I would say that if you love romantic and endearing movies like me, then you should try this one. Recommended!
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Being a bit of a romcom addict this is definitely one of my favourites, and back in the day when it was made was somewhat original (for once!).
We have Sam (Tom Hanks) who lives in Seattle with his young son Jonah. Sam is a widower and despite his wife dying 18 months ago still cannot move on. His son, worried, rings a radio station one night and says he wants to find a new wife for his dad. Sam hears him, relents, and starts talking about his problems on the radio and it isn't long before the sack loads of fan mail start coming through his door from women who want to give him a go! One listener was Annie (Meg Ryan) in Baltimore who is engaged to be married but is swept away in the moment when listening to Jonah on the radio. When she relents and writes a letter, Jonah is convinced she is the right one for his dad but Sam isn't on the same page.
OK - it's a classic film and I am sure you all know what happens in the rest of the film but I won't give it away! Tom Hanks was the romcom man of his age and made so many classic films. He's great here, plays the role with ease and is very believable as the lonely single father who wants romance but is scared to look for it. Meg Ryan of course is the romcom queen really. Again she made her bread and butter from these sorts of films and rightly so. The chemistry between the two on screen is great, but they aren't on screen very much together until once scene right at the end really.
Still, the film focuses on fate and that's where the real chemistry comes from. From seeing two characters have so much in common from their separate scenes and knowing they are perfect for one another. It was an idea that hadn't been done before and was new and refreshing and to be honest, it still is, because the two actors are of such a calibre that they really can't be challenged. You would be hard pressed to find a romance film this good from recent years.
The film is more catered for adults than teenagers - although it's a romance film there are a lot of things the younger ones won't get. It's definitely an adult romcom. There's nothing offensive here, just a brilliant love story. It will really get you thinking whether you have your destiny waiting out there for you.
The ending is about as romantic as these films get - the perfect happy ending with a romantic setting (you all knew it would be a happy ending so I know I haven't ruined it!). The film will make you laugh; probably make you cry and most of all make you feel warm and fuzzy inside. It's a great add to any DVD collection - a complete classic that will never get old.
This film is 2nd on my top 5 list. Nora Ephron is a genius director and her films get me where romance lives.
The DVD cover is the same as the Video's cover fundamentally aside from if you are buying the pink bordered collectors edition.
Tom Hanks plays a man that any woman would feel sympathetic towards, just as they do in this film when his son calls a radio station to say that he'd like a new mum for christmas. As a result loads of women are keen to meet him but none more so than Meg Ryan's character. There are twists along the way and the ending is unsatisfactory (lets just say this is one film that could use a sequel)
Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan make for a good frustrated lovers pairing. I haven't seen "Joe versus the volcano" but you can tell they were cast together in this and the later film "You've got mail" because they were a winning combination. If you're a woman you will probably love this film as long as you love romance otherwise give this film a wide berth.
This film has a personal edge for me as my partner and I had a long distance relationship for ages and we eventually met in Seattle!
It is a really nice love story that is very realistic and will make you want to fall in love again!
The film is set around Christmas time, however it is not your average christmas film as it can be enjoyed any time of year. It is all about two individuals who grow to love each other even when they haven't properly met.
Annie (played by Meg Ryan) is a woman tied up in a relationship that she finds quite boring and unentertaining. After hearing a radio broadcast one night she decides to go looking for the man who has touched her through what he said on the radio (Tom Hanks). However the problem is they don't live anywhere near each other. Anyway, she risks her established relationship to find the man of her dreams in ... Seattle! (Hence the title)
It is a lovey film that any person can relate to in some way. At the heart of the film is a message of finsing true love and being happy. Definitely a great feel good romantic film!
Certificate : PG
Run time : 101 mins
The dvd that I have also comes with some special features including: Commentary, Making of featurettes and behind the scenes.
The first time I watched this film I found myself wishing that it had gone on longer as I wanted to see Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks' characters actually spend more time together on screen after willing them to meet for the entire movie.
But I had to accept that this was never going to happen and so the more I watched the more I appreciated the film and all the little things that made the two characters so perfect for each other.
And know after watching it an unbelievable number of times I believe that this one of the best all time romantic movies.
Meg Ryan is at her best with her sweet and quirky personality whilst remaining very attractive and Tom Hanks is hansom and simply perfect. The pair have such great chemistry together that I still find it hard to believe that it's not real.
The rest of the cast like Rosie O'Donnell also add alot to the humour and never leave you bored for a second.
This film has a great cast, tom hanks and meg ryan the leading man and woman both play there parts very well.
This film is a classic romantic comedy, and it really gives you hope and makes you feel good. I have to say that there was no point in this film that was bored in, and it was a movie that will always be a classic film.
The story revolves around Tom Hanks Son Jonah, who calls a radio station up and asks for a new mother for his recently widowed Dad, Tom Hanks. This leads to millions of women writing to Tom hanks.
Meg Ryan is taken by the radio message and follows her instinct and goes to Seattle to meet Tom hanks and the boy, but she changes her mind. However meg ryan had written a letter but never posted it, but it ends up being posted by her friend and the son Jonah ends up flying alone to New york to meet Meg Ryan, as requested in the letter.
I wont spoil the ending up, but lets just say its a terrific film, one to watch at christmas and with the person you love, it made me feel, that things are possible and that you have to follow your instincts.
This is one to watch, recommended
As you can probably tell from previous reviews I'm a bit of a sucker for Romcoms - but hey I can't help but fall for the fairytale story-lines!!
I have seen Sleepless in Seattle countless times. It is definitely a film which I can watch over and over without ever getting bored or distracted!
Jonah lives with his dad Sam in Seattle, his mother died a year and a half ago and he wants to help his dad. Jonah rings a radio station in the middle of the night to try and get some advice on how to find a new wife for his dad. Sam ends up going on air and telling his heart felt story to the listeners. This pulls on the heartstrings and the mind of Annie.
Annie is soon to marry her fiance Walter. However after listening to the radio he begins to doubt the marriage and crave Sam.
Sam receives hundreds of letters from ladies who are interested in him, however Sam doesn't seem to feel anything for any of them.
Unable to stop her mind from thinking about Sam, Annie writes a letter to Sam, Jonah reads the letter and thinks she is the one for his dad. Sam on the other hand has started to date another lady, much to Jonahs disappointment. Convinced Annie is the one for his dad Jonah books a flight to New York and asks Annie to meet Sam, on Valentines Day, at the top of the Empire State Building, just like in Annie's favourite film 'An Affair To Remember'.
Does Jonah manage to get his Dad there? Is Annie the right woman for Sam? Or does she end up tying the knot with her Fiance Walter?
Sam Baldwin - Tom Hanks (Big, Forrest Gump)
Annie Reed - Meg Ryan (You've Got Mail, Top Gun)
Jonah Baldwin - Ross Malinger (Kindergarten Cop, Party of Five)
Walter - Bill Pullman (Independence Day, The Grudge)
Becky - Rosie O'Donnell (Now and Then, Tarzan)
This is definitely one of my favourite duvet films. There's nothing better than snuggling under my duvet and watching this. Its a great feel good film.
I love the actor Tom Hanks, I think the man is probably one of the best actors around. He plays the role as the great dad, the lonely man, the clueless man and well, the perfect man in this film.
Tom and Meg have a brilliant on screen chemistry, even though there is actually little of the film when they are in fact together, you can still notice the chemistry.
The film focus' quite a lot on fate, and people being drawn to each other by destiny. This is the somewhat fairytale which people dream of and what every hopeless romantic wants in a film.
I like how it is the child which creates the situation and it is the child who actually comes across as more of an adult that his father in the film! He realises that his dad needs to move on and he acts upon that, unlike his dad. I think this is what makes the film quite special because normally it is the adult who tries to convince the child to move on from a loss.
The film helps to remind people that love does exist and it helps people who've been hurt in the past believe in love again.
The film is definitely for romcom fans. One for the woman to watch while the men have the football on me thinks!
Normally at films I will cry my eyes out, half the time its not even a sad film. After reading a few reviews I noticed this film did get a lot of people shedding tears. It didn't for once get me reaching for the tissues. All i seemed to do was smile all the way through. It just makes you feel warm and happy inside.
Its nice to see a film where its the woman that does the chasing of the man. Though watching it today looking at the clothes and the hair I'd probably run away!!
I do love the music in the film. I think it works really well. A lot of it is also feel good music, so this adds to the affect which it gives to the audience.
All in all I really enjoy this film and it does make me feel warm and happy inside! It is a great film which probably in the top ten of the genre and I think that it will stay that way for quite sometime!!
We recently watched Sleepless in Seattle again after what seems like ages.
I'd forgotton what a great romantic comedy it was.
This is a 1993 movie - made around the time Friends first hit the TV screen, and has a similar feel to it. The script was written by Norah Ephron, who wrote "When Harry met Sally". Sleeplesss in Seattle is a softer movie than "When Harry met Sally". It takes you back to a happier, safer time, when all people had to worry about was finding Mr Right.
Meg Ryan plays the female lead, Annie Reed, who listening to the radio late one night hears a sweet young boy on the radio trying to find a love for his dad, who is grieving at the death of his mother. She's hopelessly intrigued and the film is about her mad search for her destiny with this man. The film references the old Cary Grant romantic comedy " An Affair to remember" and of course they end up on the top of the Empire State Building.
The chemistry between Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan is great, as are the gags - Tom Hanks friend telling him he'll have to learn all about tiramisu when he starts to date again (do you remember how all the shops at the time sold tiramisu?)
Everything about this movie is great - the songs, the clothes, the tenderness. Perhaps I'm missing the 90's too much. Certainly they don't make romantic comedies like this anymore.
For those who feel like a break from the stuff they make nowadays (listen to me!), I recommend this movie.
First thing I think I need to sort out before I start this review is that I am what is consider to be a metrosexual man, a straight man with homosexual tendencies. I am not quite sure why I am this way maybe its modern society, maybe it is living in Brighton maybe it was that I was brought up by my mother who knows but I like that I am not the normal meat headed guy. Sleepless in settle is one of my favourite films of all time, first time I saw it was with a lady friend, must have been 5th of 6th date she invited me over to hers because I doubted her cooking skills after she tried cooking at my house and she wanted to prove me wrong. So she called some beef dish it was very nice and afterwards we slapped on a film and curled up on the couch (they were the days I miss dating). My First thought was that this was going to be one of those total girl flicks that only girls really get and blokes just learn to tolerate because ladies like to watch them. But it turns out to be one of my favourite films of all time, when of those must sees like the Matrix, Titanic, Snatch and Fight Club. ~ Main Cast. ~ Tom Hanks - Sam Baldwin Ross Malinger ? Jonah Baldwin Meg Ryan ? Annie Reed Teddy ? Henry The Bear (Jonahs teddy) ~ Main Plot. ~ This is no give away: The story is about a man and his son whom move to the city after the death of the mother from Chicago to Settle. The husband Sam Baldwin has a real hard problem moving on after the death of his wife. So his concerned son Jonah phones into a chat therapist radio station and makes his Dad talk about his problems. The film is about two people whom seemed destined for each other and how will they get together, if they ever do. ~ Music.
~ The music is simply moving; it comes in at the right moments. It assists the mood of the film very well. ~ Acting. ~ A very moving performance from all the acting not a single weak point I could find. Even Ross Malinger provides a moving performance as the child; a lot of children provide such stale performance like the kid in home alone. Tom Hanks is one of my favourite actors I think he can show emotion in films really well, and Meg Ryan provides a great performance as her quirky character. Even the side actors portray their characters astonishingly, with Nile from Fraiser, the mother from six foot under. ~ Audience. ~ Great film for maybe a more mature audience then the normal teenager. You will like this if you like ?You?ve got mail? of if you liked that film you will like this one. ~ Use. ~ Not very good if you have a lot of mates over but if there is just 2 or 3 of you in not much of a social mood then this film is perfect. ~ Boring Stat Bits. ~ Certificate: Parental Guidance (PG) General viewing, but some scenes may be unsuitable for young children. Running Time: 101 mins (approx) Made: 1993 Mark: National Captioning Institute (NCI) Genre: Romance Publisher: Cinema Club Company: Columbia Tri-Star Director: Nora Ephron Produced By: Gary Foster ~ Final Opinion. ~ Amazing film, great story with great acting. A film that you must really see once in your life, romantic comedy. ~ Detailed Plot ~ If you want to watch the film do not read this look for the fancy line. It starts of in Chicago with Jonah and Sam just after the funeral of Margaret their husba
nd and the kids mother. Jonah and Sam have a conversation about the death of Margaret where Sam explains: ?It isn?t fair, there is no reason, if we start asking why we?ll go crazy? Which for a start to a film I felt was really deep but it really does set the mood for the film. Plus the line is very truthful sometimes there is no reason why we just have to get on with things and not ask why. Sam really starts cracking up at work with all the little small talk and advice people give him, the numberless cards for help groups that?s when he decided to move from Chicago to Settle so that he is not reminded of his wife all the time. When going to the plane he is talking to his close friends then say about moving on and the opening sequence ends with the words: ?I?ll grow a new heart, no it just doesn?t happen twice.? This is really showing Sam?s distress, and doubt. It also shows how much he really did love his wife and how much he must be mourning. The opening sequence kicks in now with names popping up, romantic music in the background. Then me see Annie for the first time with her boyfriend Walter they are going to meet Annie?s family for the first time. Around the dinner table she announces her engagement to Walter, her family breaks into a conversation about the wedding, and we find out that Walter is allergic to a lot of things (flowers, nuts, strawberries, wholemeal, wheat?) Next scene is Annie and her mother in the loft talking about love and trying on her grandmas wedding dress when the line that I think great pops up: ?destiny is something we?ve invented because everything that happens is accidentally? This is said by Annie is shows at this time her doubting in fate. She is in the car listening to the radio when she first hears Jonah phoning the radio station to talk about his Dad t
hat he ?needs a new wife?. He manages to get his Dad on the phone then he eventually talks to her about his problems with moving on. Its reveal that it has been 18 months on since his wife passed away and he has not dated anyone since then and he still does not sleep very much. It?s Christmas Eve and this time is very hard for him because this is when he really enjoyed his wife?s time because she ?makes everything beautiful?. Then one of the best speeches in the plays comes up really moving tells Dr Marsha after her asking about what he?s going to do from now he replies: ?Remind myself to get out of bed every morning, breath in and out all day long, after a while I wont have to remind myself to get out of bed in the mornings and breath in and out then after a while I wont have to think about how I had it great and wonderful for a while.? It?s a true tissue moment for those on an emotional edge. Goes on to describe what he really liked about his those ?million different little things? that anyone whom has been in love knows about. Dr Marsha then nicknames him ?Sleepless in Settle? hence the title of the film. Annie goes into work the next day; she?s a newspaper reporter. She talked a lot about hearing him on the radio. Its now New Years Eve and Annie and Walter are at a party surrounded by loads of people dancing and they decide it would be good to go to New York and spend Valentines Day there when it comes. New Years Eve for Sam is with just him and Jonah; Jonah falls asleep before the big balls finishes dropping. After he puts Jonah to bed he fantasies that he taking to his dead wife showing that he still really misses her. Starts getting a lot of mail because Jonah had to give the home address when he went on the radio, all the mail is from interested women. Next m
ain scene is of Annie and Sam everyday life this really does show the difference. Annie and Walter run like clockwork almost drone like seems with very little spark, or emotion between them. Sam it shows him being a typical father just talking and spending time with his son it shows that he is a good man and cares a lot about his son. Annie cannot sleep she goes down stairs tunes on the radio and they have a rerun of the sleepless in settle talk she hears again Sam talking about his dead wife. A great funny talk about Tiramisu and bottoms but to get it you really have to watch. Two scenes that follow each other show Annie having doubts about marrying Walter and Sam considering dating again. Sam comes home that day and finds Jonah with his friend Jessica they just represent kids their age so well shunning Sam out of the room. Sam cannot help but feel lonely here then he phones up the designer on a job for a date, she ends up arranging everything and they go out for a meal. Annie starts talking about destiny and fate, a big change from the earlier Annie we saw. Her and her friend are watching a film and you can tell they have seen this film loads when they quote the line from it that goes: ?Winter must be cold for those with no warm memories? This film becomes a bit of a running joke in the film because it considers being a real girl flick that only the females get and blokes don?t. Jonah starts having nightmares and calling out for his mother, Sam comes to him. Then Jonah and Sam get into a conservation about Margaret when Jonah confess that he is ?starting to forget her? so Sam reassures him by talking about the ?million different little things? starting with the way she could peel an apple in one big long go, which we see Annie doing earlier. Sam ends up telling Jonah that he loves him and Jon
ah returns the favour. Annie starts getting a little obsessed and spends the whole day at work tracking down the number of Sam and Jonah using her contacts and the paper database. Sam on his first date arrives early and her late, but the first thing she really does is laughs, and she has a really weird laugh one of those that could bring down houses. But they have a second date where she comes around the house and cooks dinner for Sam and Jonah. Jonah decides that he really does not like her and he phones up the radio station again to talk about it. Annie?s friend phones her and tells her to tune in so she does, she gets caught listening by Walter and his Dad catches the kid so both end short. After this Annie cannot sleep she lays awake thinking. Annie decides her next job is going to be on reporting about phone in radio stations and she needs to go Settle to get a proper interview. At the airport Sam is putting the girl he has been dating on a plane just as Annie comes off one and that?s when he sees her for the first time, he tried to follow her but loses her in crowd. Annie tries to track him down and when she finds him she just watches him playing with his son, that night in the hotel she decides to talk to him next time. So she goes back the next day and while approaching sees his sister come up and hug him and thinks it?s a girlfriend so she stops in the middle of the road. She nearly gets run over, Tom approaches her and they both say hello then a long silence and it just shows her back in Baltimore the next day and that?s all they said. When she comes back she finds a letter that the kid replied to her earlier letter she sent and she thinks it?s from ?Sleepless in Settle? so well Sam. Sam is having dinner with his friends and he talks about seeing Annie around. Jonah plots seeing Annie on top of
the Empire State Building on Valentines Day by booking flights using Jessica?s mum?s computer. Annie and Walter are buying cutlery together when she talks to him about her doubts her mood seems to swing back and forth showing her doubts are still continuing. Walter gives Annie her wedding ring she describes it has being perfect for her. Sam and Jonah have a real heated argument about girls, because Jonah does not like his current girl and likes the sound of Annie, really heated shows all things aren?t simple. Next morning Jonah cannot be found and Jessica gives up that he has gone to New York so Sam goes and tries to catch him back up. Annie and Walter are having dinner in a restaurant that over looks the Empire State Building, where Jonah now is asking everyone if they are Annie. Annie and Walter talk and she confesses that she does not think she loves him enough, Walter takes it very well saying that he does not want to be the one some one settles for, so Annie makes her way to the Empire State Building. Sam makes it to the building first and finds Jonah they hug and make up and just as they catch the lift back down. As his lift shuts the up one opens and Annie gets off to find no-one is there, they were so close but yet so far they probably will not ever end up together. But in true Hollywood style Jonah left his bag up there. So they go back up and Sam and Annie meet for the first time, and in a moving moment end up holding hands and getting the lift down together. That is where it finishes. ~ Disclaimer. ~ If you think you are going to like this film on my opinion and you do not then I cannot be held responsible. By opening this page you wage any right to sue me. **Thank You** Take Care © David
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The director and stars of 1998's You've Got Mail scored a breakthrough hit with this hugely popular romantic comedy from 1993, about a recently engaged woman (Meg Ryan) who hears the sad story of a grieving widower (Tom Hanks) on the radio and believes that they are destined to be together. She's single in New York, he lives in Seattle with a young son, but the cross-country attraction proves irresistible and pretty soon Meg's on a westbound flight. What happens from there is... well, you must have been living in a cave to have let this sweet-hearted comedy slip below your pop-cultural radar. There's little complexity or depth to writer-director Nora Ephron's cheesy tale of a romantic fait accompli, and more than a little contrivance to the subplots that threaten to keep Hanks and Ryan from actually meeting. But the purity of star chemistry here is hard to deny, and this may be the first film to indicate the more serious and sympathetic side of Hanks that is revealed in later roles. With its clever jokes about "chick movies" and repeated homage to the classic weeper An Affair to Remember, this may not be everybody's brand of amorous entertainment, but it's got an old-Hollywood charm that appeals to many a movie fan. --Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com