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Recently-widowed Samís (Tom Hanks) 8 year old son (Ross Malinger) calls a radio talk show in an attempt to find his father a partner. Across the country, Annie (Meg Ryan) is one of the many women moved by the kidís story, nut sheís due to marry Walter (Bill Pullman) very soon. Unless of course Sam is actually her Mr Right, which she canít resist trying to find out.

"Just like its central theme of romance and magic, Sleepless in Seattle is one of those magical films that bewitches. Yes, it helps if you're a romantic and you like your films aimed directly at the heart, but this sensitive and funny screenplay in the hands of two irresistible star performers, makes it a film you'll enjoy over and over again. It took me a while to work out how to access the isolated track of gorgeous songs and Marc Shaiman's score, through the Languages/Audio set up, but it's a feature well worth finding. The music truly magnifies our emotions and there are sections of the film that are most enjoyable watched only with the music accompaniment. From Jimmy Durante's rasping 'As Time Goes By' over the starry credits to an unexpected version of Somewhere Over the Rainbow and In the Wee Small Hours, the colours of our emotions are nurtured. Listening to Rob Reiner dubbed in French explaining about Tira Misu is a hoot; you can hear the film in English, French, German, Italian or Spanish.

"How many times have you been in a relationship and you know it should be work, but how much work?" Laughs Meg Ryan in an engaging behind-the-scenes featurette. "When I was growing up," she adds "I used to ask myself 'where is the guy I'm going to marry? What is he doing right now? Some day destiny will take a hand and we'll meet and fall in love." Tom Hanks adds that dating is a necessary evil and how it changes over time. In college it's about sexual conquest, but later, it's about not disgracing yourself.

In the director's commentary, Nora Ephron talks about the timelessness of the story and how although we all live in different places, we are all connected by radio, television and now, the internet. She is joined by her (uncredited) sister, a journalist and novelist, who was brought into the project to help solve some of the character-related problems that were inherent in the script. Hanks was concerned that his character not be wimpy, and he wrote huge sections of the all-important pivotal telephone scene himself. His performance is heart-wrenching, understated and never sentimental. Ephron's only guidance to Ryan in playing the part was that she was playing a Republican who had never had an orgasm.

It's quite extraordinary that although the two central characters don't actually meet until the end of the movie, we feel as though they are connected throughout. That's how I feel about Sleepless in Seattle, a movie to enjoy alone or with your lover."
Louise Keller

Publication date: October 26, 2000


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CAST: Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan



DVD RELEASE: October 24, 2000

DISTRIBUTOR: Warner Home Video

Audio commentary by Nora Ephron

Isolated track of songs & Marc Shaiman's music score

Behind-the scenes featurette
Talent profiles

Languages: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish

Dolby Digital in Surround sound
Languages in Doby Mono 1.0: French, Italian

Subtitles: English, Greek, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Hindi, Turkish, Danish, Arabic, Swedish, Finnish, Icelandic, Dutch, Norwegian, Portuguese, Hebrew.

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