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.
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
4.1 Box office
4.2 Critical response
5 Musical adaptation
6 See also
8 External links
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 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
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 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
Tom Hanks as Sam Baldwin
Meg Ryan as Annie Reed
Bill Pullman as Walter
Ross Malinger as Jonah Baldwin
Rob Reiner as Jay
Rosie O'Donnell as Becky
Gaby Hoffmann as Jessica
Victor Garber as Greg
Rita Wilson as Suzy
Barbara Garrick as Victoria
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
June 15, 1993
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.
"As Time Goes By" by
Jimmy Durante – 2:28
"A Kiss to Build a Dream On" by
Louis Armstrong – 3:01
Nat King Cole
Nat King Cole – 3:15
"Makin' Whoopee" by
Dr. John featuring
Rickie Lee Jones
Rickie Lee Jones – 4:09
"In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning" by
Carly Simon – 3:16
"Back in the Saddle Again" by
Gene Autry – 2:36
"Bye Bye Blackbird" by
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 – 2:41
"An Affair to Remember" by
Marc Shaiman – 2:31
"Make Someone Happy" by
Jimmy Durante – 1:52
"When I Fall in Love" by
Celine Dion and
Clive Griffin – 4:21
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. 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.
The film received positive reviews from critics. Review aggregator
Rotten Tomatoes reports that 70% out of 47 professional critics gave
the film a positive review, with a rating average of 6.5/10. On
Metacritic, the film has a 72 out of 100 rating, based on 17 critics,
indicating "generally positive reviews".
Roger Ebert of the
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 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 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.
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
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 for Best Original Screenplay while the song "A Wink and a
Smile" lost out to "Streets of Philadelphia" (from Philadelphia,
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.
The film is recognized by
American Film Institute
American Film Institute in AFI's 10 Top 10
as #10 in Romantic Comedy Film category.
66th Academy Awards
Best Original Song
"A Wink and a Smile"
Best Original Screenplay
David S. Ward
David S. Ward and Jeff Arch
48th BAFTA Film Awards
David S. Ward
David S. Ward and Jeff Arch
American Comedy Awards
Funniest Actress in a Leading Role
51st Golden Globe Awards
Best Film – Musical or Comedy
Best Actor – Musical or Comedy
Best Actress – Musical or Comedy
1994 MTV Movie Awards
Best Breakthrough Performance
Best Female Performance
Best Movie Song
"When I Fall in Love" (
Celine Dion and Clive Griffin)
Best On-Screen Duo
Tom Hanks & Meg Ryan
Young Artist Awards
Best Actor Under Ten in a Motion Picture
Outstanding Family Motion Picture – Comedy
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". Michelle Citrin, Michael
Garin and Josh Nelson were announced to be working on the music and
lyrics, with Shor discovering Citrin via YouTube. The musical was
initially set to release in 2010, with the premiere date later
being moved to 2011 and June 2012. 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. With a new score by composer Ben Toth and
lyricist Sam Forman, the musical version premiered at the Pasadena
Playhouse in May 2013. 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.
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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,
Young Artist Awards
Young Artist Awards (1994)". Retrieved 2016-01-15.
^ "AFI's 10 Top 10: Top 10 Romantic Comedy". American Film Institute.
^ 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
^ 'Sleepless in Seattle’ Musical Delayed NY Times
^ ‘Sleepless in Seattle’ musical delayed in Calif.[dead link]
^ World Premiere of Sleepless in Seattle, With Tim Martin Gleason,
Chandra Lee Schwartz, Joe West, Begins May 24 Playbill
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