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Sleepless in Seattle is a 1993 American romantic comedy-drama film directed and co-written by Nora Ephron, based on a story by Jeff Arch. It stars Tom Hanks
Tom Hanks
and Meg Ryan, alongside a supporting cast featuring Bill Pullman, Ross Malinger, Rob Reiner, Rosie O'Donnell, Gaby Hoffmann, Victor Garber, and Rita Wilson. Released on June 25, 1993, the film was a critical and commercial success, grossing over $220 million worldwide.[2]


1 Plot 2 Cast 3 Soundtrack 4 Reception

4.1 Box office 4.2 Critical response 4.3 Awards

5 Musical adaptation 6 See also 7 References 8 External links

Plot[edit] After Chicago architect Sam Baldwin loses his wife Maggie to cancer, he and his eight-year-old son Jonah start a new life in Seattle, but they continue to grieve. A year and a half later, on Christmas Eve, Jonah calls in to a radio talk show. Jonah persuades a reluctant Sam to go on the air to talk about how much he misses Maggie. Hundreds of women from around the country who hear the program and are touched by the story, write to Sam. One of the listeners is Annie Reed, a Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun
reporter who is engaged to Walter but feels there is something missing from their relationship. After watching the film An Affair to Remember, Annie impulsively writes a letter suggesting that Sam meet her on top of the Empire State Building
Empire State Building
on Valentine's Day. She does not intend to mail it, but her friend and editor Becky does it for her and later agrees to send Annie to Seattle. Sam begins dating a co-worker, Victoria, whom Jonah dislikes. Jonah reads Annie's letter and likes that it mentions the Baltimore Orioles, but he fails to convince his father to go to New York to meet Annie. On the advice of his playmate Jessica, Jonah replies to Annie, agreeing to the New York meeting. While dropping Victoria off at the airport for a flight, Sam sees Annie exiting from her plane and is mesmerized by her, although he has no idea who she is. Annie later secretly watches Sam and Jonah playing on the beach together. The next day she goes again to Sam's houseboat but mistakes Sam's sister for Victoria. He recognizes her from the airport and says "hello" but Annie only responds with another "hello" before fleeing. She returns to Baltimore and then goes to New York to meet Walter for Valentine's Day. With Jessica's help, Jonah flies to New York and goes to the Empire State Building searching for Annie. When Sam discovers what Jonah did, he grabs a later plane and follows Jonah where he finds him on the observation deck. Meanwhile, Annie sees the skyscraper from the Rainbow Room
Rainbow Room
where she is dining with Walter and confesses her doubts to him, amicably ending their engagement. She rushes to the Empire State Building just moments after the doors to the down elevator close with Sam and Jonah inside. The observation deck is deserted, but Annie discovers a backpack that Jonah left behind. As she pulls out Jonah's teddy bear from the backpack, Sam and Jonah emerge from the elevator, and the three meet for the first time. Sam indicates they should go and offers his hand to Annie. The three then enter the elevator together and the doors close. Cast[edit]

Tom Hanks
Tom Hanks
as Sam Baldwin Meg Ryan
Meg Ryan
as Annie Reed Bill Pullman
Bill Pullman
as Walter Ross Malinger as Jonah Baldwin Rob Reiner
Rob Reiner
as Jay Rosie O'Donnell
Rosie O'Donnell
as Becky Gaby Hoffmann
Gaby Hoffmann
as Jessica Victor Garber
Victor Garber
as Greg Rita Wilson
Rita Wilson
as Suzy Barbara Garrick as Victoria Carey Lowell
Carey Lowell
as Maggie Baldwin David Hyde Pierce
David Hyde Pierce
as Dennis Reed Dana Ivey as Claire Kevin O'Morrison as Cliff Reed Caroline Aaron as Dr. Marcia Fieldstone


Sleepless in Seattle

Soundtrack album by Various Artists

Released June 15, 1993

Genre Pop

Length 36:22

Label Epic Soundtrax

Producer Marc Shaiman

The film was originally to have been scored by John Barry, but when given a list of twenty songs he had to put in the film, he quit.[3]

"As Time Goes By" by Jimmy Durante
Jimmy Durante
– 2:28 "A Kiss to Build a Dream On" by Louis Armstrong
Louis Armstrong
– 3:01 "Stardust" by Nat King Cole
Nat King Cole
– 3:15 "Makin' Whoopee" by Dr. John
Dr. John
featuring Rickie Lee Jones
Rickie Lee Jones
– 4:09 "In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning" by Carly Simon
Carly Simon
– 3:16 "Back in the Saddle Again" by Gene Autry
Gene Autry
– 2:36 "Bye Bye Blackbird" by Joe Cocker
Joe Cocker
– 3:30 "A Wink and a Smile" by Harry Connick, Jr.
Harry Connick, Jr.
– 4:08 "Stand by Your Man" by Tammy Wynette
Tammy Wynette
– 2:41 "An Affair to Remember" by Marc Shaiman
Marc Shaiman
– 2:31 "Make Someone Happy" by Jimmy Durante
Jimmy Durante
– 1:52 "When I Fall in Love" by Celine Dion
Celine Dion
and Clive Griffin – 4:21

Reception[edit] Box office[edit] Sleepless in Seattle opened theatrically on June 25, 1993 in 1,579 venues, earning $17,253,733 in its opening weekend, ranking second in the North American box office behind the third weekend of Jurassic Park.[4] At the end of its run, the film grossed $126,680,884 in the United States and Canada, as well as $101,119,000 internationally, for a worldwide total of $227,799,884.[2] Critical response[edit] The film received positive reviews from critics. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes
Rotten Tomatoes
reports that 70% out of 47 professional critics gave the film a positive review, with a rating average of 6.5/10.[5] On Metacritic, the film has a 72 out of 100 rating, based on 17 critics, indicating "generally positive reviews".[6] Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert
of the Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
lauded, " 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." He added:

The actors are well-suited to this material. Tom Hanks
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
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 it assuredly is.[7]

Vincent Canby
Vincent Canby
of The New York Times
The New York Times
similarly called it "a feather-light romantic comedy" and wrote, "It's a stunt, but it's a stunt that works far more effectively than anybody in his right mind has reason to expect. Not since Love Story has there been a movie that so shrewdly and predictably manipulated the emotions for such entertaining effect."[8] Awards[edit] The film 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
The Piano
for Best Original Screenplay while the song "A Wink and a Smile" lost out to "Streets of Philadelphia" (from Philadelphia, another Tom Hanks
Tom Hanks
movie) 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 Motion Picture Musical or Comedy. The film won four awards at different ceremonies. Ryan won the award for Funniest Actress in a Leading Role at the American Comedy Awards. At the 1994 Young Artist Awards, Malinger won the award for Best Actor Under Ten in a Motion Picture and the film itself won Outstanding Family Motion Picture for Comedy.[9] The film is recognized by American Film Institute
American Film Institute
in AFI's 10 Top 10 as #10 in Romantic Comedy Film category.[10]

Award Category Winner/Nominee Won

66th Academy Awards Best Original Song "A Wink and a Smile" Nominated

Best Original Screenplay Nora Ephron, David S. Ward
David S. Ward
and Jeff Arch

48th BAFTA Film Awards Best Score Marc Shaiman Nominated

Best Screenplay Nora Ephron, David S. Ward
David S. Ward
and Jeff Arch

American Comedy Awards Funniest Actress in a Leading Role Meg Ryan Won

51st Golden Globe Awards Best Film – Musical or Comedy Nominated

Best Actor – Musical or Comedy Tom Hanks

Best Actress – Musical or Comedy Meg Ryan

1994 MTV Movie Awards Best Breakthrough Performance Ross Malinger Nominated

Best Female Performance Meg Ryan

Best Movie Song "When I Fall in Love" ( Celine Dion
Celine Dion
and Clive Griffin)

Best On-Screen Duo Tom Hanks
Tom Hanks
& Meg Ryan

Young Artist Awards Best Actor Under Ten in a Motion Picture Ross Malinger Won

Outstanding Family Motion Picture – Comedy

Musical adaptation[edit] In 2009, development began on a musical version of Sleepless in Seattle. David Shor was announced as the musical's producer, with a book being written by Jeff Arch, Shor's longtime partner and original story writer for the motion picture. Leslie Bricusse was initially attached to the project, but withdrew due to "creative differences with the show's producer and director".[11] Michelle Citrin, Michael Garin and Josh Nelson were announced to be working on the music and lyrics, with Shor discovering Citrin via YouTube.[12] The musical was initially set to release in 2010,[13] with the premiere date later being moved to 2011 and June 2012.[14] In February 2012 Shor announced that the musical would not premiere until the 2012-13 season and that the show would "undergo a top-to-bottom overhaul" and would have a new creative team.[15][16] With a new score by composer Ben Toth and lyricist Sam Forman, the musical version premiered at the Pasadena Playhouse in May 2013.[17] In 2015, producer David Shor teamed with British producer Michael Rose and announced that they plan to open the show together with a revamped creative team in London during the 2016-2017 season. In March 2016, the show was workshopped at the English Touring Theatre in London and both Shor and Rose declared the workshop a resounding success. Plans are underway for the casting and opening of the show.[citation needed] See also[edit]

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^ "SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE (PG)". British Board of Film Classification. June 17, 1993. Retrieved December 11, 2015.  ^ a b c d " Sleepless in Seattle (1993)". Box Office Mojo. Internet Movie Database. Retrieved December 11, 2015.  ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on October 17, 2006. Retrieved November 18, 2006.  ^ "Weekend Box Office Results for June 25-27, 1993". Box Office Mojo. Internet Movie Database. June 28, 1993. Retrieved December 11, 2015.  ^ " Sleepless in Seattle (1993)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango _. Retrieved October 13, 2015.  ^ " Sleepless in Seattle Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved December 11, 2015.  ^ Ebert, Roger (June 25, 1993). " Sleepless in Seattle Movie Review (1993)". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved October 13, 2015.  ^ Canby, Vincent (June 25, 1993). "Review/Film; When Sam Met Annie, Or When Two Meet Cute". The New York Times. Retrieved October 13, 2015.  ^ " Young Artist Awards
Young Artist Awards
(1994)". Retrieved 2016-01-15.  ^ "AFI's 10 Top 10: Top 10 Romantic Comedy". American Film Institute. Retrieved 2018-02-05.  ^ Bricusse Withdraws from Sleepless in Seattle Creative Team Archived November 13, 2013, at the Wayback Machine. Playbill ^ David Shor unveils 'Sleepless' team Variety ^ 'Sleepless In Seattle' becomes stage musical Digital Spy ^ ‘Sleepless in Seattle’ Musical to Awaken at Pasadena Playhouse NY Times ^ 'Sleepless in Seattle’ Musical Delayed NY Times ^ ‘Sleepless in Seattle’ musical delayed in Calif.[dead link] Boston.com ^ World Premiere of Sleepless in Seattle, With Tim Martin Gleason, Chandra Lee Schwartz, Joe West, Begins May 24 Playbill

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Billboard 200
number-one album August 21–27, 1993 Succeeded by River of Dreams
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