Sleepless in Seattle

Sleepless in Seattle

Infobox Film
name = Sleepless in Seattle

caption = original film poster
director = Nora Ephron
writer = Jeff Arch (story)
Nora Ephron (screenplay)
starring = Tom Hanks
Meg Ryan
Bill Pullman
Rosie O'Donnell
Rob Reiner
music = Marc Shaiman
cinematography = Sven Nykvist
producer = Gary Foster
distributor = TriStar Pictures
released = June 25, 1993
runtime = 105 min
language = English
budget = $21,000,000 USD
imdb_id = 0108160

"Sleepless in Seattle" is a 1993 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Nora Ephron. Based on a story by Jeff Arch, it stars Tom Hanks as Sam Baldwin and Meg Ryan as Annie Reed.

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 enroute. At one point, some of the characters discuss "Affair", with Sam commenting that it sounds like a "chick movie." The success of "Sleepless in Seattle" led to a resurgence in popularity for "An Affair to Remember" for a younger generation of filmgoers.Fact|date=February 2007

Plot summary

Sam Baldwin, a Chicago architect, has lost his wife to cancer. He and his young son Jonah move to Seattle, Washington to make a fresh start, but Sam is still disconsolate. On Christmas evening, 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, engaged to a nice but sneeze-prone man named Walter (Bill Pullman) who feels that there is something missing. 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. Jonah flies to New York and takes a taxi to the Empire State Building, saying he's going to meet his new mother. Sam, in pursuit, catches up with Jonah, who hasn't found Annie because she's busy breaking up with her fiancé. Jonah and Sam get on the down elevator just before a late Annie rushes in, but with the help of a lost backpack and teddy bear, all ends well.


"Sleepless in Seattle" was nominated for two 1994 Academy Awards: Best Music, Original Song for "A Wink and a Smile", music by Marc Shaiman, lyrics by Ramsey McLean; and Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen for Nora Ephron, David S. Ward, and Jeff Arch.

In June 2008, AFI revealed its "Ten top Ten"—the best ten films in ten "classic" American film genres—after polling over 1,500 people from the creative community. "Sleepless in Seattle" was acknowledged as the tenth best film in the romantic comedy genre. [cite news | author = American Film Institute | title = AFI Crowns Top 10 Films in 10 Classic Genres | work = | date = 2008-06-17 | url = | accessdate= 2008-06-18] [cite web | title= Top 10 Romantic Comedies | url = | publisher= American Film Institute |accessdate= 2008-06-18]


The soundtrack was a Number One hit on the Billboard charts.
# Jimmy Durante - "As Time Goes By" 2:28
# Louis Armstrong - "A Kiss to Build a Dream On" 3:01
# Nat King Cole - "Stardust" 3:15
# Dr. John feat. Rickie Lee Jones - "Makin' Whoopee" 4:09
# Carly Simon - "In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning" 3:16
# Gene Autry - "Back in the Saddle Again" 2:36
# Joe Cocker - "Bye Bye Blackbird" 3:30
# Michael Ball - "Someone to Watch Over Me" 4:08
# Tammy Wynette - "Stand By Your Man" 2:41
# Marc Shaiman - "An Affair to Remember" 2:31
# Jimmy Durante - "Make Someone Happy" 1:52
# Celine Dion & Clive Griffin - "When I Fall in Love" 4:21


*Kim Basinger was the first choice for the role of "Annie Reed", but she turned down the role because she thought the script wasn't written well enough. She later stated that she regrets turning the part down, and she admitted that her judgment on picking successful films is often poor. [ [ 8 MILE - KIM BASINGER'S BIG REGRET ] ]
*Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks share approximately two minutes of screentime together. [ Sleepless In Seattle - The Movie Headquarters - by Marco ] ]
*Jason Schwartzman auditioned for the role of "Jonah".
*The role of "Annie Reed" was also offered to Julia Roberts, who turned it down because of scheduling conflicts.
*The movie was featured in a "Garfield" book, "Lights, Camera, Hairballs", except renamed as "Sleeping in Seattle" to fit in the "Garfield" theme.
*In the sitcom Malcolm in the Middle, episode "Reese's party", the character Reese finds out that his brother Malcolm has rented the movie, and immediately assumes that Malcolm is gay. It turns out that Malcolm plans to watch the movie with his date.

Cast and credits

*Tom Hanks: Sam Baldwin
*Meg Ryan: Annie Reed
*Bill Pullman: Walter
*Ross Malinger: Jonah Baldwin
*Rosie O'Donnell: Becky
*Gaby Hoffmann: Jessica
*Victor Garber: Greg
*Rita Wilson: Suzy
*Barbara Garrick: Victoria
*Carey Lowell: Maggie Abbott Baldwin
*David Hyde Pierce: Dennis Reed
*Dana Ivey: Claire Bennett
*Rob Reiner: JayCredits:
*Director: Nora Ephron
*Writer: Jeff Arch
*Producer: Gary Foster
*Music: Marc Shaiman
*Cinematography: Sven Nykvist
*Editor: Robert M. Reitano

Box office

*US Gross Domestic box office: US$ 126,680,884
*Gross International box office: $101,119,000
*Gross Worldwide box office: $227,799,884
*US rentals: $64,930,000


External links

*imdb title|id=0108160|title=Sleepless in Seattle
*mojo title|id=sleeplessinseattle
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