The Love Letter

May 21st, 1999


The Love Letter

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The power of words and images to open hearts. Helen runs, miles a day, to burn off energy: she's an emotional celibate...

Release Year: 1999

Rating: 5.2/10 (2,640 voted)

Director: Peter Chan

Stars: Kate Capshaw, Tom Everett Scott, Tom Selleck

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.

Writers: Cathleen Schine, Maria Maggenti

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 - Selma
Jessica Capshaw - Kelly
Walter Covell - Post Office Customer
Patrick Donnelly - Bookstore Customer
Lucas Hall - Garbage Man

Taglines: No one knows who sent it. No one knows who it's for. But everyone's getting the same message.

Release Date: 21 May 1999

Filming Locations: Gloucester, Massachusetts, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $2,692,819 (USA) (23 May 1999) (769 Screens)

Gross: $8,276,228 (USA) (18 July 1999)

Technical Specs


Continuity: Johnny jumps in the ocean with his socks on but when he emerges seconds later his feet are bare

Janet Hall: [George is about to fumigate a beehive] *BE* careful! Get it?

User Review

Great Summer-y Movie


This film was panned by critics, all of whom were male.

This is a wonderful little film with fun, funny and realistic characters, and an interesting, romantic story that will touch the inner romantic in all of us. It's not laugh-out-loud funny, but it is pleasant to watch these characters interact and is very fun to watch.

And for the guys, Kate Capshaw isn't bad to look at, either.


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