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The Love Letter
The Love Letter
Actors: Kate Capshaw, Tom Everett Scott, Tom Selleck, Blythe Danner, Ellen DeGeneres
Director: Peter Chan
Genres: Comedy, Drama
PG-13     1999     1hr 28min

Its ads portrayed it as a wacky farce, while critics largely ignored it, presuming it to be a vanity project from Kate Capshaw (better known as Mrs. Steven Spielberg). But The Love Letter is neither; on the contrary, it's ...  more »

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Actors: Kate Capshaw, Tom Everett Scott, Tom Selleck, Blythe Danner, Ellen DeGeneres
Director: Peter Chan
Creators: Beau Flynn, Karen Koch, Midge Sanford, Sarah Pillsbury, Cathleen Schine, Maria Maggenti
Genres: Comedy, Drama
Sub-Genres: Comedy, Drama
Studio: Dreamworks Video
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen,Anamorphic - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 11/23/1999
Original Release Date: 05/21/1999
Theatrical Release Date: 05/21/1999
Release Year: 1999
Run Time: 1hr 28min
Screens: Color,Widescreen,Anamorphic
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 1
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English

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Member Movie Reviews

Charlene C. (mccoffield) from SOUTHLAKE, TX
Reviewed on 3/25/2012...
I enjoyed this movie very much. I found it quite unpredictable - a strong point for me. It's heartfelt and funny, though not slapstick. It's set in a small town on the coast, and as the movie develops, a complicated love rectangle (not triangle) slowly come into focus, plus a surprise love interest that is revealed towards the end of the movie. Romantic love, lasting friendships, and even family dynamics are explored. And some rather serious subjects are often lightened by the comic acting of Ellen DeGeneres.

Great story line, screenplay and casting all around. There are many interesting characters, well developed and played to their fullest by the well-chosen case. I rated this movie with 4 stars and highly recommend it. Cannot recall whether it's rated "PG" or what, but the subject matter is probably a bit mature for youngsters; this is a movie for adults even though I seriously doubt it's content would necessitate an "R" rating.
Toni M. from GLENDALE, AZ
Reviewed on 10/27/2010...
love this quirky lovestory!

Movie Reviews

There's witchcraft in your lips, Kate... (Henry V)
Steven Cain | Temporal Quantum Pocket | 04/18/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Okay, five stars may seem generous, as the movie doesn't really get off the ground in terms of emotional involvement, but it's still a sweet, sweet tale with an exceptional cast.

The beautiful New England oceanfront/harborfront locations (mainly filmed in Gloucester and Rockport) make for an exquisite setting for a pleasent romp that is filled with low-key fun situations and snappy dialog. Tom Selleck delivers a particularly well-rounded performance, and Ellen just about steals the show when it comes to humor and sheer sparkle.

There are actually two love letters in the story; the one that causes all the confusion and the one that lay unread for years, that Kate Capshaw's character only finds towards the end of the movie.

Not really a thigh slapper, nor is it The English Patient, but a delightful way to spend an hour and a half.

Technically, the movie probably bombed, with a budget of 15 million and only raking in about 9 million all told (as far as I can tell), but don't let that put you off