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The Love Letter (1999)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 21 May 1999 (USA)
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The life of a provincial town becomes stormy after the appearance of an anonymous love letter.

Director:

Peter Ho-Sun Chan

Writers:

Cathleen Schine (novel), Maria Maggenti (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kate Capshaw ... Helen
Blythe Danner ... Lillian MacFarquhar
Ellen DeGeneres ... Janet Hall
Julianne Nicholson ... Jennifer
Tom Everett Scott ... Johnny
Tom Selleck ... George Matthias
Gloria Stuart ... Eleanor
Bill Buell ... Officer Dan
Alice Drummond ... Postal Clerk
Erik Jensen ... Ray
Margaret Ann Brady Margaret Ann Brady ... Selma
Jessica Capshaw ... Kelly
Walter Covell Walter Covell ... Post Office Customer
Patrick Donnelly Patrick Donnelly ... Bookstore Customer
Lucas Hall Lucas Hall ... Garbage Man
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Storyline

The power of words and images to open hearts. Helen runs, miles a day, to burn off energy: she's an emotional celibate. Going through the post at her shop, she finds a romantic and poetic letter between the couch cushions, unsigned, and thinks it's for her. It melts her resistance to feelings, and soon she undertakes an affair with Johnny, a collegiate employee. (He sees the letter and thinks she wrote it to him; he quotes some of it, so she thinks he wrote it to her.) In the background are Helen's long-time friend, George, who loves her, and her mother who abruptly left on a long trip months before. Discovering who actually wrote the letter brings insight and promise. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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No one knows who sent it. No one knows who it's for. But everyone's getting the same message.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 on appeal for some sensuality, nudity and strong language | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 May 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Love Letter See more »

Filming Locations:

Gloucester, Massachusetts, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,692,819, 23 May 1999

Gross USA:

$8,302,478

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,302,478
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Blythe Danner plays Kate Capshaws mother, yet is only 10 years older than her in real life. See more »

Goofs

When Helen's grandmother pulls into the driveway they show Florida plates on the front of her Jaguar. Florida does not have front license plates. See more »

Quotes

Janet Hall: Daddy's gonna play with his fire hose. That didn't sound right.
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Connections

References Love Story (1970) See more »

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feelin' Alright
Written by Dave Mason
Performed by Joe Cocker
Courtesy of A&M Records, Inc.
Under license from Universal Music Special Markets
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An Absolute Treasure
26 October 1999 | by CrizSee all my reviews

One of the greatest and most wonderful surprises of 1999, "The Love Letter" is a sparkling little film. Held back by a remarkably asinine trailer--which manages to combine the three or four dull, brief moments in the movie--the picture is a warm-hearted, eminently watchable tale. I had assiduously avoided the flick because of that very trailer, but ended up having to watch "The Love Letter" on an 11 hour flight from Seoul to Vancouver. I could easily have watched it three times--it's that much fun.

Kate Capshaw is bent and broken-down but somehow manages to be both incredibly lovable and believable. Tom Everett Scott is absolutely priceless in his role as a confused young hunk. but any damage they may have done to the overall film is negated by the superb performances of Scott and Capshaw. Sure, it's not worthy of an Oscar. But neither was "Shakespeare in Love", and look what happened there.


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