Tom Hanks Archives
You’ve Got Mail

Character: Joe Fox
Directed by: Nora Ephron
Written by: Nora Ephron, Delia Ephron, Miklós László
Produced by: Delia Ephron, Dianne Dreyer, Donald J. Lee Jr., G. Mac Brown
Other cast: Meg Ryan, Greg Kinnear, Parker Posey, Jean Stapleton
Release date: December 18, 1998
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Running time: 1h 59min

Struggling boutique bookseller Kathleen Kelly hates Joe Fox, the owner of a corporate Foxbooks chain store that just moved in across the street. When they meet online, however, they begin an intense and anonymous Internet romance, oblivious of each other's true identity. Eventually Joe learns that the enchanting woman he's involved with is actually his business rival. He must now struggle to reconcile his real-life dislike for her with the cyber love he's come to feel.

Taglines

→ Someone you pass on the street may already be the love of your life.
→ At odds in life… in love on-line.

Trivia

♦ The scene where Joe accidentally closes the door of Kathleen’s shop on the balloons was unscripted. Tom Hanks actually did that, and ad libbed the line, “Good thing it wasn’t the fish.” Nora Ephron thought it was so funny that she kept it in.

Character’s Quotes

• The whole purpose of places like Starbucks is for people with no decision-making ability whatsoever to make six decisions just to buy one cup of coffee. Short, tall, light, dark, caf, decaf, low-fat, non-fat, etc. So people who don’t know what the hell they’re doing or who on earth they are can, for only $2.95, get not just a cup of coffee but an absolutely defining sense of self: Tall. Decaf. Cappuccino.
• “The Godfather” is the I Ching. “The Godfather” is the sum of all wisdom. “The Godfather” is the answer to any question. What should I pack for my summer vacation? “Leave the gun, take the cannoli.” What day of the week is it? “Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Wednesday.”
• Kevin, this is possibly the most adorable creature I’ve ever been in contact with, and if she turns out to be as good looking as a mailbox… I would be crazy enough to turn my life upside down and marry her.
• Don’t you love New York in the fall? It makes me wanna buy school supplies. I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address. On the other hand, this not knowing has its charms.
• Do you ever feel you’ve become the worst version of yourself? That a Pandora’s box of all the secret, hateful parts – your arrogance, your spite, your condescension – has sprung open? Someone upsets you and instead of smiling and moving on, you zing them. “Hello, it’s Mr Nasty.” I’m sure you have no idea what I’m talking about.
• Wouldn’t it be wonderful if I could pass all my zingers to you? And then I would never behave badly and you could behave badly all the time, and we’d both be happy. But then, on the other hand, I must warn you that when you finally have the pleasure of saying the thing you mean to say at the moment you mean to say it, remorse inevitably follows.