Sleepless in Seattle Movie Review Summary

Actors: Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, Bill Pullman, Ross Malinger

Detailed plot synopsis reviews of Sleepless in Seattle

Young architect Sam Baldwin (Hanks) has recently lost his beloved wife to cancer, and moved from Chicago to Seattle with their 8-year-old son Jonah (Malinger) to start a new life. But he remains listless and mournful, so one evening Jonah phones a national radio call-in show to find his father a new wife. After talking to the host, Jonah persuades his reluctant Dad to go on the air as well. Soon, 2,000 calls and letters flood the station from interested women. One comes from Annie Reed (Ryan), who lives in New York and is engaged to Walter (Pullman) but ambivalent because he's a bit strange and seems allergic to just about everything. She travels to Seattle and decides Sam is not the one for her; but Jonah decides she IS the one for his father, and he engineers a flight to New York for Sam to meet Annie at the top of the Empire State Building, rather like the old Cary Grant movie "An Affair to Remember," which Annie and her best friend Becky (O'Donnell), adore. This is a warm and gentle 1993 romantic comedy with no surprises but a lovely story.
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The review of this Movie prepared by David Loftus

When a man's wife dies, he moves to Seattle with his son. Little does he know that a potential wife searches for him from some 3,000 miles away. The two exchange letters and phone calls, and they finally meet on the top floor of the Empire State Building on Valentine's Day. Think of this movie as When Harry Met Sally, Part Two. Note: David Hyde Pierce has a strong Seattle connection in this movie, as he plays Dr. Niles Crane on the hit sitcom "Frasier."
The review of this Movie prepared by Teddy

Sleepless in Seattle is a heart-warming story of a mourning widower named Sam Baldwin (Hanks) whose eight-year-old son Jonah feels that his father really needs to find new love. Jonah calls into a radio station on Christmas Eve, telling the radio physiatrist that his Christmas wish is for a new wife for his dad. Along with millions of other women in the country, Annie Reed (Ryan)hears it broadcasted across the country. She feels a special connection to Sam, a connection that worries her in her current engagement to Walter (Pullman) because of the lack there of. She, being a normal person, has to decide if she is willing to give everything she has up for a man she's never met. She finds her life being much like that of the movie "An Affair to Remember", a favorite of hers and her best friend Becky (O'Donnell). Could her life end up as sweet as the movie, or should she just try to be content with what she has and "always wonder what could have happened?"
The review of this Movie prepared by Jessica Kelley

Sam has trouble dealing with the death of his wife so he moves to Seattle with his young son, Jonah. There Jonah calls a radio show X-mas eve asking for a new wife for his father. Across the country, bethrothed Annie hears the show and feels a magical connection to Sam, a connection lacking in her current relationship. Slowly, her life begins to parallel her favorite movie, An Affair to Remember, as she goes to Seattle because "[she's] having all these fanasies about a man [she's]never met". Meanwhile, Sam starts the path to recovery and dating - and Jonah has chosen a mysterious letter writer from across the country as his wife of choice. Both Sam and Annie are caught up in the right, logical way to start a relationship, but it takes an innocent little boy to prove to them that love is not always logical . . .
The review of this Movie prepared by Alexandra

This is the adorably sweet and endearingly funny story of second love, real love, and "finding one's destiny." Tom Hanks plays a grieving widower whose young son calls a radio talk show psychologist. His Christmas wish is for his dad not to be so sad. Meg Ryan, who is engaged to very nice but boring Bill Pullman, hears Hanks' soulful comments, and it touches something in her. She risks everything in pursuit of finding out if "this man could be [her] destiny."
The review of this Movie prepared by Cherie Davidson

Script Analysis of Sleepless in Seattle

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1980's-1999 Romance/Love/Hugging    -   Yes Kind of romance:    -   email/letter/phone/fax relationship    -   matchmaker help from adults

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast    -   Pacific NW City?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death Any profanity?    -   None    -   Occasional swearing

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