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Sleepless in Seattle (1993)



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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.more
Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, Romance, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Nora Ephron, David S. Ward, Jeff Arch, Larry Atlas
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 26, 1997
TriStar Pictures


Tom Hanks
as Sam Baldwin
Meg Ryan
as Annie Reed
Bill Pullman
as Walter Jackson
Ross Malinger
as Jonah Baldwin
Carey Lowell
as Maggie Baldwin
Le Clanche Du Rand
as Barbara Reed
Kevin O'Morrison
as Cliff Reed
David Hyde Pierce
as Dennis Reed
Dana Ivey
as Claire
Calvin Trillin
as Uncle Milton
Frances Conroy
as Irene Reed
Valerie Wright
as Betsy Reed
Tom Tammi
as Harold Reed
Caroline Aaron
as Dr. Marcia Fieldston...
Linda Wallem
as Loretta
Marguerite Schertle
as Baltimore Waitress
Hannah Cox
as Jessica's Mother
Victor Morris
as Seattle Maitre D'
Rich Hawkins
as Jessica's Father
Donald J Lee Jr
as Seattle Detective
Diane Sokolow
as Tiffany Saleswoman
Michael Badalucco
as New York Taxi Dispat...
Jeff Mazzola
as New York Taxi Dispat...
Philip Levy
as Taxi Driver
Julie Janney
as Cynthia
John Boylan
as Elevator Man
Sidney Armus
as Information Booth Ma...
John Boylan
as Elevator Man
Matt Smith
as Mailman
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Critic Reviews for Sleepless in Seattle

All Critics (46) | Top Critics (12)

Mostly, Sleepless in Seattle leaves you feeling restless in the audience.

Full Review… | February 2, 2009
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

If one can ignore all the straining for lightness here, this is watchable enough, though hardly anything resembling a tearjerker.

Full Review… | February 2, 2009
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Ephron and fellow writers Jeff Arch and David S. Ward have conspired to make Sleepless in Seattle as purposefully schmaltzy as one can imagine, in a manner that's almost cynical.

Full Review… | July 22, 2008
Top Critic

It's easily the hippest, frankest and funniest date movie around.

August 26, 2006
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

The schmaltzy soundtrack is overdone, but cameraman Sven Nykvist wraps it all up in an appropriately warm glow.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Nora Ephron's Sleepless in Seattle is a feather-light romantic comedy about two lovers who meet for the first time in the last reel. It's a stunt, but it's a stunt that works far more effectively than anybody in his right mind has reason to expect.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Sleepless in Seattle

Classic rom-com.

Wildaly M

Super Reviewer

Sleepless in Seattle is one of the most fantastic movies i've ever watched.It really hit me somewhere in my heart.We may fall in love all of a sudden.There is no reason for this.And neither do we need.Love is just like magic.Love has it all.

Chandler Xiong
Chandler Xiong

Super Reviewer


Cheesy rom com, I dont understand how its so popular, still some funny momest though and not all that bad.

Jim Careter

Super Reviewer

Sleepless in Seattle Quotes

Dennis Reed: It rains nine months a year in Seattle.
Annie Reed: I know!
– Submitted by Alyssa B (2 years ago)
Becky: Your destiny can be your doom. Look at me and my Rick.
– Submitted by Alyssa B (2 years ago)
Jay: Gunga Din is not a, a swatch kinda movie.
– Submitted by Alyssa B (2 years ago)
Annie Reed: Destiny is something that we've invented because we can't stand that fact that everything that happens is accidental.
– Submitted by Alyssa B (2 years ago)

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