Sleepless in Seattle

TriStar Released 1993




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Movie Summary

Nora Ephron

When Sam Baldwin's wife dies, he decides to move to Seattle with his son, Jonah. When Jonah sees how sad his father is, he calls a radio psychiatrist, who dubs him Sleepless in Seattle cause Jonah says he can't sleep. He starts to talk about his wife, and women over the country hear his tale and one of them, Annie who lives in Baltimore, can't help but be fascinated by his tale. Annie, despite being engaged, can't stop thinking of Sam and soon tries to find all she can about him, going so far as to Seattle to see him. From here, Jonah sets a series of events into motion which will hopefully get his forlorn father and his mystery lady together.


Metacritic Score

  • 100

    The New York Times Vincent Canby

    Not since "Love Story" has there been a movie that so shrewdly and predictably manipulated the emotions for such entertaining effect.

  • 75

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Ephron develops this story with all of the heartfelt sincerity of a 1950s tearjerker (indeed, the movie's characters spend a lot of time watching "An Affair to Remember" and using ...

  • 70

    Variety Brian Lowry

    Yet for all the enjoyable flourishes, and there are many, Ephron keeps pausing to remind us, through various contrivances, that this is a movie, making it hard for anyone to really...

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    • Production budget - $21,000,000
      Domestic gross - $126,680,884 (5th)
      Worldwide gross - $227,799,884 (8th)

      Domestic adjusted for 2013 - $249,689,858
      Worldwide adjusted for 2013 - $448,996,873

    • Filming locations:
      Alki Beach, Seattle, Washington
      Annapolis, Maryland
      Athenian Inn, Pike Place Market, Seattle, Washington
      Baltimore Sun, Baltimore, Maryland
      Baltimore, Maryland
      Chicago, Illinois
      Empire State Building, Manhattan, New York City, New York
      Fells Point, Baltimore, Maryland
      Lake Union, Seattle, Washington
      Mount Vernon, Baltimore, Maryland
      O'Hare International Airport, Chicago, Illinois
      Pike Place Market, Seattle, Washington
      Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, Seatac, Washington
      Seattle, Washington
      Wrigley Field, Lake View, Chicago, Illinois

    • Tagline:
      What if someone you never met, someone you never saw, someone you never knew was the only someone for you?

    • Music:
      When I Fall In Love
      Written by Edward Heyman and Victor Young
      Performed by Céline Dion and Clive Griffin
      Take Me Out To The Ballgame
      Written by Jack Norworth and Albert von Tilzer
      In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning
      Written by David Mann and Bob Hilliard
      Performed by Carly Simon
      As Time Goes By
      Written by Herman Hupfeld
      Performed by Jimmy Durante
      Back In The Saddle Again
      Written by Gene Autry and Ray Whitley
      Performed by Gene Autry
      Sleigh Ride
      Written by Leroy Anderson and Mitchell Parish
      Performed by Roy Rogers and Dale Evans
      Jingle Bells
      Written by James Pierpont
      Performed by Roy Rogers and Dale Evans
      An Affair to Remember
      Written by Harry Warren, Harold Adamson, and Leo McCarey
      The Proposal
      Written by Hugo Friedhofer
      We Wish You A Merry Christmas
      Bye Bye Blackbird
      Written by Ray Henderson and Mort Dixon
      Performed by Joe Cocker
      Over The Rainbow
      Written by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg
      Performed by Ray Charles
      Jeepers Creepers
      Written by Harry Warren and Johnny Mercer
      A Wink And A Smile
      Written by Marc Shaiman and Ramsey McLean
      Performed by Harry Connick Jr.
      Auld Lang Syne
      Performed by Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians
      Empire State Montage
      Written by Hugo Friedhofer
      Written by Hoagy Carmichael and Mitchell Parish
      Performed by Nat 'King' Cole
      Stand By Your Man
      Written by Billy Sherrill and Tammy Wynette
      Performed by Tammy Wynette
      Makin' Whoopee
      Written by Walter Donaldson and Gus Kahn
      Performed by Dr. John featuring Rickie Lee Jones
      A Kiss to Build a Dream On
      Written by Bert Kalmar, Harry Ruby, and Oscar Hammerstein II
      Performed by Louis Armstrong
      Make Someone Happy
      Written by Betty Comden, Adolph Green, and Jule Styne
      Performed by Jimmy Durante
      Deck The Halls (Nos Galan)
      Written by Nos Galan
      Performed by Dublin Welsh Male Voice Choir

    • Academy Awards Nominations:
      1. Original Screenplay
      2. Original Song - "A Wink and A Smile"


More Info About This Movie


Comedy, Drama


Love & Romance, Romantic Comedy