Sleepless in Seattle

Published April 30, 2013

Sleepless in Seattle

Film info

  • Title Sleepless in Seattle
  • Director Nora Ephron
  • Year 1993
  • Run time 1hr 45m
  • Genres Comedy, Drama, Romance
  • Tagline What if someone you never met, someone you never saw, someone you never knew was the only someone for you?

After the death of his wife, Sam Baldwin moves to Seattle with his son, Jonah. 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, 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.

Fast Facts

Title: Sleepless in Seattle Director: Nora Ephron Year: 1993 Run time: 1hr 45m

Background Info

I’ve seen this before, and vaguely recall enjoying it, although as we all know I like You’ve Got Mail more. They’re the same film, essentially - same cast, same idea, same happy ending. Mr C had not seen this one so it was a bit of “education” for him.

Live Blog

1:32 - I have mostly forgotten how this film goes. Except for the end, obviously. 2:47 - That guy is wearing a bow tie to the office. 3:46 - “It just doesn’t happen twice,” he says, right before it happens twice. 6:34 - You don’t get many Walters these days. 8:53 - It’s Niles! 12:08 - It always boggles my mind these big houses that people in American films go home to. 13:15 - I think I am relating to Meg Ryan’s character far too much. 14:58 - “If I get yelled at, I’m never going to listen to your show again.” 24:54 - Rosie O’Donnoll’s accent is incredible. 28:25 - He has a great view of the fireworks, love the balcony over the water too. 31:38 - Rain! 32:45 - “Somewhere in the middle.” The kid knows geography like I do. 38:22 - He even talks like Niles. 44:52 - Making a phone call like that is really hard, he’s very brave. 45:22 - “You don’t want to be in love, you want to be in love in a movie.” 49:57 - I am enjoying that the characters in this film seem to be spending a disproportionate amount of time in sweatpants. 54:43 - I need a roll-down atlas like that, doesn’t take up wall space but easily accessible. 57:08 - “She’s going to cook something for us, so be prepared.” 1:03:21 - Seems like text speak was all the rage back then too. 1:07:57 - She’s gone to his actual house! 1:16:56 - I don’t think I’ve ever cried describing a movie. Maybe Armageddon. 1:19:34 - “If it’s in the computer, they’ll believe anything.” 1:25:49 - I get the reference, but it’s probably about time I saw Fatal Attraction. 1:32:59 - It’s rough to break up after they have spent all day doing wedding stuff. 1:38:39 - The kid has an excellent smugface smile.


There’s no escaping that this film is twenty years old now, it hasn’t really aged all that well. The phones look old, the computers are very dated, the hairstyles are quite old. It also doesn’t help that they’re referencing black and white films which makes it feel even further removed. Mr C and I realised we don’t know anything about ye olde films and probably need to brush up on some of that too. I do like it, though, the relationship between Hanks and son is good, and it was enlightening to hear the text speak from so long ago. Enjoyable but not all that special twenty years on.

**Rating: **3/5

Rating: 3 / 5

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