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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.

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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:

Destinataire inconnu 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 »

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Miss Constance Scattergoods: I do think, dear, that, whenever I get the urge to exercise, I lie down until it passes over.
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Features Sherlock Jr. (1924) See more »

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Only The Lonely
Written by Roy Orbison & Joe Melson
Performed by Roy Orbison
Courtesy of Orbison Records, Inc.
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A Web Of Missed Opportunities And Mixed Feelings...Because Of A Letter
29 January 2009 | by ChrysanthepopSee all my reviews

'The Love Letter' is quite a gentle breezy sort of romantic comedy- drama. It's about opportunities that are missed because people aren't more forward about their feelings. The humour isn't wacky like in most American films. Assuming the director's seat, Chan does quite a good job of portraying the small dockside town and introducing its quirky characters. The story interestingly intertwines the lives of the characters through a love letter. The dialogues are pleasant and the acting is quite good. Kate Capshaw does a good job of carrying the film and maintains a good chemistry with her co-stars. Tom Everett Scott fits the part.It was odd to see Danner play Capshaw's mother because the age difference did not seem believable enough. Tom Selleck was alright. Ellen Degeneres and Geraldine McEwan are scene stealers. In addition, I was amazed by the whimsical soundtrack that flows beautifully with the film, pumping some energy into it and would work well as a standalone score. IU felt the film would have benefited more had their been more comedic situations. At times it gets too serious and that needed to be toned down a little. I liked how it ended without showing the two lovers kissing (as has been evident in x number of rom-coms) but instead suggesting a promising future for them together. 'The Love Letter' was a pleasant watch, a kind of slice of life film.


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