Sleepless in Seattle (1993)

Director: Nora Ephron Run Time: 105 min. Rating: PG Release Year: 1993

Starring: Meg Ryan, Rita Wilson, Ross Malinger, Tom Hanks, Victor Garber

Country: United States
Language: English

About the film:

Desperate to find his dad Sam a date, a young boy calls into a radio show and catches the attention of Annie, a journalist who wants to meet Sam atop the Empire State Building. Less about love than about love in the movies, the film draws inspiration from the beloved shipboard romance An Affair to Remember (1957), starring Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr.

About the filmmaker:

Nora Ephron was born in New York City, the daughter of stage and screen writing team Henry Ephron and Phoebe Ephron. Ephron was educated at Wellesley College, Massachusetts. She was an acclaimed essayist, novelist, and had written screenplays for several popular films, all featuring strong female characters, such as Silkwood (1983) and Cookie (1989), both co-written with Alice Arlen. Ephron’s hard-headed sensibilities helped make Rob Reiner’s When Harry Met Sally… (1989) a clear-eyed view of modern romance, and she earned an Oscar nomination for her original screenplay.

Ephron made her directorial debut with the comedy This Is My Life (1992), co-scripted by her sister Delia Ephron. Ephron followed up by helming and co-writing Sleepless in Seattle (1993). Her later career included writing and directing a number of films including You’ve Got Mail (1998) and Julie & Julia (2009), before her passing in 2012 at the age of 71.

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