Sleepless in Seattle

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Sleepless in Seattle is a cute classic with a very light touch and real chemistry between the two leads -- even when spending an entire movie apart.



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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.

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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 Fieldstone
Linda Wallem
as Loretta
Marguerite Schertle
as Baltimore Waitress
Hannah Cox
as Jessica's Mother
Rich Hawkins
as Jessica's Father
Victor Morris
as Seattle Maitre D'
Donald J Lee Jr
as Seattle Detective
Diane Sokolow
as Tiffany Saleswoman
Michael Badalucco
as New York Taxi Dispatcher
Jeff Mazzola
as New York Taxi Dispatcher
Philip Levy
as Taxi Driver
Julie Janney
as Cynthia
John Boylan
as Elevator Man
Sidney Armus
as Information Booth Man
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Critic Reviews for Sleepless in Seattle

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  • Sleepless In Seattle balances romance and realism by giving its central characters two different but equally pragmatic philosophies on love.

    Jan 24, 2019 | Full Review…

    Caroline Siede

    AV Club
    Top Critic
  • "Sleepless in Seattle" (citywide), a real charmer, is a romantic comedy about an ultimate long-distance relationship. Emphasize "romantic." Emphasize "comedy." It delivers both.

    Jan 24, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Self-consciousness infects Nora Ephron's sweet but perilously thin love story, Sleepless in Seattle...such are the perils of these postmodernist times: even our love stories feed off borrowed emotion.

    Mar 20, 2018 | Full Review…

    David Ansen

    Top Critic
  • A movie to which director and co-writer Nora Ephron brought her terrific flair, wit and nous, although she propagates the terrifying fallacy that a widower makes a wonderful romantic catch.

    Feb 13, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Don't get me wrong: I have no objection to shamelessly corny love stories that make you well up with tearful joy. I just don't like it when the movie does the welling up for you.

    Sep 7, 2011 | Rating: C | Full Review…
  • Mostly, Sleepless in Seattle leaves you feeling restless in the audience.

    Feb 2, 2009 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Sleepless in Seattle

Classic rom-com.

Wildaly M
Wildaly M

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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
Jim Careter

Super Reviewer

What if someone you never met, someone you never saw, someone you never knew was the only someone for you? Good solid movie. The story although very rare was pretty good and the chemistry between Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks in all 3 movies they have been on including this one has been great, almost perfect. If you're a romantic sucker you'll love this one. After his wife Maggie passes away, Sam Baldwin and his adolescent son Jonah relocate from Chicago to Seattle to escape the grief associated with Maggie's death. Eighteen months later, Sam is still grieving and can't sleep. Although Jonah misses his mother, he wants his father to get a new wife despite Sam having not even contemplated dating again. On Christmas Eve, Sam, on Jonah's initiative, ends up pouring his heart out on a national radio talk show about his magical and perfect marriage to Maggie, and how much he still misses her. Among the many women who hears Sam's story and falls in love with him solely because of it is Annie Reed, a Baltimore based newspaper writer. Annie's infatuation with Sam's story and by association Sam himself is despite being already engaged. But Annie's relationship with her straight-laced fiancé Walter is unlike her dream love life in the movie An Affair to Remember (1957). She even writes to Sam proposing they meet atop the Empire State Building on Valentine's Day. Back in Seattle, Sam has received hundreds of letters from women wanting to meet him. Jonah is excited by one letter in particular from Baltimore and will do whatever he needs to to get his father and Annie together. However, old fashioned Sam wants his future love life to be based on meeting a woman the traditional way, and he, in turn, becomes infatuated with an unknown woman he spots a few times in Seattle. Will magic happen twice in Sam's life, and if so will it be with this unknown woman or Annie?

Manu Gino
Manu Gino

Super Reviewer

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