|Sleepless in Seattle|
original film poster
|Directed by||Nora Ephron|
|Produced by||Gary Foster|
|Written by||Jeff Arch
David Hyde Pierce
|Music by||Marc Shaiman|
|Editing by||Robert M. Reitano|
|Distributed by||TriStar Pictures|
|Release date(s)||June 25, 1993|
|Running time||106 minutes|
|Gross revenue||$227,799,884 USD|
The film was inspired by An Affair to Remember and used both its theme song and clips from the film in critical scenes. The climactic meeting at the top of the Empire State Building is a reference to a reunion between Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr in An Affair to Remember that fails to happen because the Kerr character is struck by a car while en route. At one point, some of the characters discuss Affair, with Sam commenting that it sounds like a "chick movie."
Sam Baldwin, a Chicago architect, has lost his wife (Carey Lowell) to cancer. He and his young son Jonah move to Seattle, Washington to make a fresh start, but Sam is still disconsolate. On Christmas Eve, Jonah calls into a national radio advice show and persuades his father to go on the air with him to talk about how much he misses his wife. Thousands of women around the country, touched by Sam's story, send him letters. One letter is from Annie Reed, a journalist from Baltimore, Maryland. Annie is engaged to a nice but sneeze-prone man named Walter (Bill Pullman), but she feels that there is something missing from their relationship.
Meanwhile, Jonah, who has been working his way through the flood of mail, finds Annie's missive and likes that it mentions the Baltimore Orioles. He tries to convince his father to go to New York City to meet her on Valentine's Day, but Sam loses his temper and refuses. Sam begins to see a coworker, Victoria, whom Jonah cannot bear because, among other things, she "acts like a ho" and "laughs like a hyena". On the advice of a precocious friend named Jessica, Jonah mails a letter to Annie that he has penned on Sam's behalf (unknown to Sam) suggesting that she and Sam meet at the top of the Empire State Building on Valentine's Day. At the airport, while dropping Victoria off for a flight, Sam sees Annie getting off the plane and is momentarily entranced, although he has no idea who she is.
Annie, on a whim, has traveled to Seattle to meet Sam. She spies on Sam and Jonah playing on the beach together, and on the advice of a friend, Becky, she decides to meet and talk to him. The next day, she sees Sam with his sister Suzy, thinking Suzy is his girlfriend. Distracted by this thought, she stops in the middle of the street, nearly getting hit by a taxi. Sam recognizes her from the airport, and says "hello;" all she can respond with is "hello" back, a reference to the movie An Affair to Remember, which she later tells Becky about. Annie then decides she is being silly and nervous, and goes to New York City to meet Walter.
Jonah, with the help of Jessica (whose mother is a travel agent) flies to New York and takes a taxi to the Empire State Building, saying he's going to meet his new mother. Sam, frantically in pursuit, catches up with Jonah, who hasn't found Annie. Meanwhile Annie sees the Empire State Building from the Rainbow Room restaurant where she is dining with Walter, and she confesses her doubts. They amicably break up. Jonah and Sam get on the down elevator just before Annie reaches the top of the building. There, she finds Jonah's backpack with a teddy bear in it, not knowing whom it belongs to. Jonah and Sam come back to the top to find the backpack, where they finally meet Annie for the first time.
The soundtrack was a Number One hit on the Billboard charts.
Black Sunday by Cypress Hill
|Billboard 200 number-one album
August 21 - August 27, 1993
River of Dreams by Billy Joel
The film opened at #2 at the U.S. Box office behind Jurassic Park, which was on its third consecutive week at the top spot.
Sleepless in Seattle received two nominations for awards in the 66th Academy Awards (held in 1994), but did not win either of them. It lost out to The Piano for Best Original Screenplay while the song "A Wink and a Smile" lost out to "Streets of Philadelphia" for Best Original Song. The film was nominated for three Golden Globe Awards: one for Best Actor - Musical or Comedy (Tom Hanks) another for Best Actress - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy (Meg Ryan) and a third for Best Breakthrough Performance (Ross Malinger).
The film won four awards at different ceremonies. Meg Ryan won the award for Funniest Actress in a Leading Role at the American Comedy Awards. At the 1994 Young Artist Awards, Ross Malinger won the award for Best Actor Under Ten in a Motion Picture and the film itself won Outstanding Family Motion Picture for Comedy.
|66th Academy Awards||Best Original Song||"A Wink and a Smile"||No|
|Best Screenplay - Original||Nora Ephron, David S. Ward & Jeff Arch|
|48th BAFTA Film Awards||Best Score||Mark Shaiman||No|
|Best Screenplay||Nora Ephron, David S. Ward & Jeff Arch|
|American Comedy Awards 1994||Funniest Actress in a Leading Role||Meg Ryan||Yes|
|51st Golden Globe Awards||Best Film - Musical or Comedy||No|
|Best Actor - Musical or Comedy||Tom Hanks|
|Best Actress - Musical or Comedy||Meg Ryan|
|1994 MTV Movie Awards||Best Breakthrough Performance||Ross Malinger||No|
|Best Female Performance||Meg Ryan|
|Best Movie Song||"When I Fall In Love" (Celine Dion & Clive Griffin)|
|Best On-Screen Duo||Tom Hanks & Meg Ryan|
|Young Artist Awards|