Sleepless in Seattle-10th Anniversary Edition

Directed By: Nora Ephron Starring: Meg Ryan Tom Hanks

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Product Overview

A widowed father, becomes a reluctant guest on a radio show, thanks to the wiles of his worried son. He's an instant hit with thousands of female listeners. Meanwhile, writer annie reed, inspired by sam's story and by classic hollywood romance, becomes convinced that it's her destiny to meet sam.


Studio Sony
SKU 40227186
UPC 043396016323
UPC 14 00043396016323
Format DVD
Release Date 1/30/2007
Rating Rating
Essential Cinema
Love Story
New York City
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Sam Baldwin (Tom Hanks) is a good father and a successful architect. But he's also a lonely widower. One night his precocious 8-year-old son Jonah calls a late-night radio talk show seeking a cure for his father's despondency. When Sam hesitantly takes the phone and discloses the story of his magic-filled marriage, he proves to be a deeply feeling and gentle man. His plight profoundly moves the program's sympathetic female listeners, and thousands of women write in offering to help him `recover' from his mournful insomnia. Recently betrothed Annie Reed (Meg Ryan) is one of the many listeners touched by Sam's story. To complicate matters, she's afraid her upcoming marriage promises stability and security but no excitement. Although Annie's supposed to be driving to her future in-laws' house for the holidays, she knows that she's already fallen in love with Sam and is on the road to destiny. Academy Award Nominations: Best (Original) Screenplay, Best Song ("A Wink and a Smile").
Plot Summary
Summary After hearing a man confess his love for his dearly departed wife on a call-in radio show, a woman falls deeply, inexplicably in love with him. Deciding he is her destiny, she treks across country on a wildly romantic impulse to meet him - but will reality be nice, for once?
New York Times "...A feather-light romantic comedy....[Hanks and Ryan] are terrifically attractive..."| 06/25/1993 p.C10
Rolling Stone "...The hippest, frankest and funniest date movie around..." 07/08/1993 p.119-120
USA Today "...Charming SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE manages to be dateless - as in timeless - as it pays homage to date movies of yore..." -- 3 out of 4 stars 06/25/1993 p.1D
Variety "...[The film] delivers ample warmth and some explosively funny moments....There are some extremely amusing explorations of dating mores..." 06/21/1993
Chicago Sun-Times "...The actors are well-suited to this material....Meg Ryan, who is one of the most likable actresses around and has a certain ineffable Doris Day innocence, is able to convince us of the magical quality of her sudden love..." 06/25/1993 p.43
Nora Ephron
Meg Ryan
Tom Hanks
Cast & Crew
Bill Pullman - Actor
Meg Ryan - Actor
Rosie O'Donnell - Actor
Tom Hanks - Actor
Sven Nykvist - Cinematographer
Nora Ephron - Director
Robert M. Reitano - Editor
Marc Shaiman - Musical Score
Jane Bartelme, et al. - Producer
Jeffrey Townsend - Production Designer
Nora Ephron, et al. - Screenplay
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1993
Catalog ID 01632
UPC 00043396016323
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 105 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English
Aspect Ratio
1.33:1 [4:3]
Oscar (1994) Ramsey McLean, et al., Nominee, Best Music, Song "A Wink And A Smile",Nora Ephron, et al., Nominee, Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly For The Screen
Golden Globe (1994) Tom Hanks, Nominee, Best Performance By An Actor In A Motion Picture-Comedy/Musical,Meg Ryan, Nominee, Best Performance By An Actress In A Motion Picture-Comedy/Musical
Casting Society Of America (1994) Juliet Taylor, Winner, Best Casting For Feature Film
ReviewSource VideoHound's Golden Movie Retriever
Review Witty, sweet romantic comedy explores the differences between men and women when it comes to love and romance. When widower Hanks talks about his wife on a national talk show, recently engaged Ryan responds. Writer/director Ephron's humorous screenplay is brought to life by a perfectly cast ensemble; it also breathed new life into the classic weepie An Affair To Remember, comparing it to The Dirty Dozen in an unforgettable scene. A movie full of fine detail, from Sven Nykvist's camera work to the graphic layout of the opening credits to the great score.
ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review Sleepless in Seattle [is] an unapologetically romantic movie about two people who fall in love from opposite sides of the continent, through the medium of a radio program. In Baltimore, Meg Ryan plays a woman who is already safely engaged--too safely--to a man whose only fault is that he appears to be allergic to almost everything. Then one night, driving in her car, she tunes in a broadcast as a young boy is appealing to the host for help with his father... Ephron's earlier screenplay for When Harry Met Sally starred Ryan and Billy Crystal, and spent a lot of time showing Harry and Sally not meeting. This film, too, keeps its lovers separate most of the time - although there is a fuzzy scene when Ryan stands in the middle of the street and Hanks gawks at her... The plot mechanics, in fact, reminded me of some of those contrived 1940s and 1950s romantic melodramas where events conspired to bring the lovers close but no closer, and then the writers toyed with us by manufacturing devices to keep them apart. By the end of Sleepless in Seattle, we're hoping the lovers will meet atop the Empire State Building (a steal from An Affair To Remember)... The actors are well-suited to this material. Tom Hanks keeps a certain detached edge to his character, which keeps him from being simply a fall guy. Meg Ryan, who is one of the most likable actresses around and has a certain ineffable Doris Day innocence, is able to convince us of the magical quality of her sudden love for a radio voice, without letting the device seem like the gimmick is assuredly is. Sleepless in Seattle is as ephemeral as a talk show, as contrived as the late show, and yet so warm and gentle I smiled the whole way through.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 8
DVD, Pan and Scan (TV Format), Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Hi-fi Stereo, No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Actor Hanks,Tom
Label Columbia/tri-Star
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Marshall Fine, Gannett Newspapers Wonderful! It's smart and engaging.
Michael Medved, Sneak Previews ...absolutely enchanting...

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