Tom Hanks Archives
Sleepless in Seattle

Character: Sam Baldwin
Directed by: Nora Ephron
Written by: Jeff Arch, Nora Ephron, David S. Ward
Produced by: Gary Foster
Other cast: Meg Ryan, Bill Pullman, Ross Malinger, Rob Reiner
Release date: June 25, 1993

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.


→ What if someone you never met, someone you never saw, someone you never knew was the only someone for you?


♦ The silhouette of the couple on the box of chocolates in a shop window outside Annie’s house is, in fact, a silhouette of Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan.

Character’s Quotes

• Well, I’m gonna get out of bed every morning… breathe in and out all day long. Then, after a while I won’t have to remind myself to get out of bed every morning and breathe in and out… and, then after a while, I won’t have to think about how I had it great and perfect for a while.
• Well, it was a million tiny little things that, when you added them all up, they meant we were supposed to be together… and I knew it. I knew it the very first time I touched her. It was like coming home… only to no home I’d ever known… I was just taking her hand to help her out of a car and I knew. It was like… magic.
• Well, I’m not looking for a mail-order bride. I just want somebody I can have a decent conversation with over dinner, without it falling down into weepy tears over some movie.