Sleepless in Seattle

TriStar Released 1993



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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.


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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"

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    Comedy, Drama


    Love & Romance, Romantic Comedy