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Sleepless in Seattle (1993)

Updated: Oct 15, 2022


Plot Summary: After the death of his wife, Sam Baldwin (Tom Hanks) moves to Seattle with his son, Jonah (Ross Mallinger). When Jonah calls in to a talk-radio program to find a new wife for his father, Sam grudgingly gets on the line to discuss his feelings. Annie Reed (Meg Ryan), a reporter in Baltimore, hears Sam speak and falls for him, even though she is engaged. Unsure where it will lead, she writes Sam a letter asking him to meet her at the Empire State Building on Valentine's Day.


*Recognition: Nominated for Best Original Screenplay and Song; AFI's 10 Top 10 as #10 in Romantic Comedy Film category and in AFI's 100 Years...100 Passions at #45


What is this movie is about?: What is real love especially in the context of loss.


Best Performance: Tom Hanks/Nora Ephron/Ross Malinger

Best Minor Performance: Ross Malinger/Bill Pullman/Rosie O'Donnell

Most Charismatic Award: Ross Malinger/Rob Reiner

Best Scene: Jonah calls the Radio Station

Favorite Scene: Sam and Annie say hello/An Affair to Remember-The Dirty Dozen

Most Indelible Moment: Sam and Jonah on the phone together/Empire State Building


Best Line:

Sam Baldwin: “It was a million tiny little things that, when you added them all up, they meant we were supposed to be together, and I knew it. I knew it the first time I touched her. It was like coming home, only to no home I’d ever known. I was just taking her hand to help her out of a car and I knew it. It was like magic.”


Honorable Mention:

Annie: “Now that was when people knew how to be in love. They knew it! Time, distance; nothing could separate them because they knew. It was right. It was real. It was…”

Becky: “...a movie. That’s your problem. You don’t want to be in love, you want to be in love in a movie.”


Funniest Line:

Sam Baldwin: What is "tiramisu"?

Jay: You'll find out.

Sam Baldwin: Well, what is it?

Jay: You'll see!

Sam Baldwin: Some woman is gonna want me to do it to her and I'm not gonna know what it is!


Jay: “Well, this is fate! She’s divorced, we don’t want to redo the cabinets, and you need a wife. What do they call it when everything intersects?”

Sam: “The Bermuda Triangle.”


The Stanley Rubric:

Legacy: 7.67

Impact/Significance: 7.83

Novelty: 7.83

Classic-ness: 6.33

Rewatchability: 6

Audience Score: 7.5

Total: 43.16


Remaining Questions:

  • What happens immediately after they get on the ground?

  • Is Sam an actually good dad?

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