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You've Got Mail (1998)

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Two business rivals who despise each other in real life unwittingly fall in love over the Internet.

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Nora Ephron

Writers:

Miklós László (play) (as Nikolaus Laszlo), Nora Ephron (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Hanks ... Joe Fox
Meg Ryan ... Kathleen Kelly
Greg Kinnear ... Frank Navasky
Parker Posey ... Patricia Eden
Jean Stapleton ... Birdie Conrad
Steve Zahn ... George Pappas
Heather Burns ... Christina Plutzker
Dave Chappelle ... Kevin Jackson
Dabney Coleman ... Nelson Fox
John Randolph ... Schuyler Fox
Hallee Hirsh ... Annabelle Fox
Jeffrey Scaperrotta ... Matt Fox
Cara Seymour ... Gillian Quinn
Katie Finneran ... Maureen, the Nanny
Michael Badalucco ... Charlie
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Storyline

The owner of a large bookstore chain starts putting the owner of a small local bookstore out of business. Meanwhile they have been corresponding over the internet without knowing who either of them are. They can't stand each other in person but over the internet they are very attracted. He finds out who she is but she doesn't know. He starts to like her more but she still hates him. He has to fix it. Written by Deirdre Dear

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Taglines:

Someone you pass on the street may already be the love of your life. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some language | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Warner Bros.

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 December 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

You've Got M@il See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$65,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,426,749, 20 December 1998

Gross USA:

$115,821,495

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$250,821,495
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Company Credits

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Warner Bros. See more »
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In the party scene, Tom Hanks' character responds to Kathleen's comment "that caviar is a garnish!" by scooping up all the remaining caviar for himself. In the movie Big (1988), Hanks' character tries caviar at a party, which he hates; he spits it out & wipes his tongue with a napkin. See more »

Goofs

When Joe is in the Shop Around the Corner with Annabelle and Matt they head to the counter to check out. You can see that Christine (Heather Burns) is behind the counter checking out a customer. The camera instantly cuts to Joe and you can then see Christine behind him helping another customer. The camera then goes back to facing Kathleen and you can see Christine behind the counter again, this time leaving to go help that customer. The camera faces Joe again and Christine is behind him again helping a customer without enough time for her to walk over there that far yet. See more »

Quotes

Matthew Fox: F-O-X.
Kathleen Kelly: That is amazing, you can spell "fox"! Can you spell "dog"?
Matthew Fox: F-O-X.
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits are used with a computer mouse and computer animation. The very end of the film has a blue computer screen background with THE END typed in See more »

Alternate Versions

Several scenes were originally scripted and partly filmed but not included in the final cut:
  • A scene in which Kathleen gets involved with two garbagemen and first gets tongue-tied.
  • Extended scenes referring to the roof-top murderer including a love affair with George.
  • A scene with Kathleen and Christina talking about falling in love.
  • Extended scenes that characterize Patricia: a presentation of an author (the woman in the later elevator scene)
  • Extended scenes that characterize Frank: he meets an famous author whom he adores.
  • Scenes on Kathleen's and Joe's childhood.
  • A scene in which Joe explains Annabel why the Shop Around the Corner had to close.
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Connections

References The Godfather (1972) See more »

Soundtracks

Rockin' Robin
Written by Leon René (as Jimmie Thomas)
Performed by Bobby Day
Courtesy of Janus Records Inc.
By Arrangement with Celebrity Licensing Inc.
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One little comment
15 August 2000 | by RowsdowerSee all my reviews

This was an all right movie, but can I make just one little observation? If the movie is trying to make a social statement about big book chains with no personality (like Hank's Fox Books) greedily driving the little stores with charm (like Ryan's Shop around the Corner) out of business, how is it that the filmmakers chose to put every other scene in a Starbucks? Starbucks has undoubtedly forced more little shops out of business that any big book chain has.

This doesn't mean that it's not an enjoyabe movie. But it takes something away from Meg's righteous indignation when she woefully closes the bookstore and then goes to suck down a Mochacino.


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