“What if someone you never met, someone you never saw, someone you never knew was the only someone for you?”
Some quote, right? This is from the poster of the 1993 romantic comedy, and one of my favorite films, Sleepless in Seattle. The flick stars Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. It was directed by Nora Ephron and written by Jeff Arch.
A couple of days ago, I chanced upon the film via HBO so I was just thrilled to write something about it. My dad bought the original soundtrack upon its release. I grew up loving the songs from the film. I didn’t get the chance to watch the it until I was in 5th grade. But, come on, the REAL appreciation took place when I was in college. Anyway…
Sam Baldwin (Tom Hanks), an architect from Chicago, lost his wife to cancer. In order to start anew, he and his son- Jonah (Ross Malinger) moved to Seattle, Washington. On a Christmas evening, Jonah called a national radio advice show and said that his dad needs a new wife. Dr. Marcia Fieldstone, the radio host, asks Jonah to hand over the phone to Sam. Though hesitant at first, Sam gave in and shared his story on national radio. Dr. Marcia eventually dubbed him “Sleepless in Seattle.”
Women all over America began sending letters to Sam, hoping to meet him personally. Annie Reed (Meg Ryan), a journalist from Baltimore, was one of them. Engaged to nice but sneeze-prone Walter (Bill Pullman), she felt some sort of distraction after hearing Sam’s voice over the radio. With the help of her friend, Becky (Rosie O’Donnell), Annie sent a letter to Sam and Jonah, saying that she would like to meet them on Valentines Day at the Empire State Building.
Despite Sam’s discouragement, Jonah still went to NY. Annie, on the other hand, broke up with Walter. Of course, in pursuit of hi son, Sam followed Jonah to the Empire State…where the two “star cross’d lovers” met for the first time.
The story, being simple yet perplexed, is quite a selling point. It’s one feel-good movie that I love to watch over and over again.
Kim Basinger and Julia Roberts were offered the role of Annie but obviously turned her down.
Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan only had approximately two minutes of screentime for the film.
Nora Ephron directed Hanks and Ryan once more for the movie You’ve Got Mail, another favorite of mine.