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Message in a Bottle (1999)

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A woman discovers a tragic love letter in a bottle on a beach, and is determined to track down its author.

Director:

Luis Mandoki

Writers:

Nicholas Sparks (novel), Gerald Di Pego (screenplay) (as Gerald DiPego)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Costner ... Garret
Robin Wright ... Theresa (as Robin Wright Penn)
Paul Newman ... Dodge
John Savage ... Johnny Land
Illeana Douglas ... Lina
Robbie Coltrane ... Charlie
Jesse James ... Jason
Bethel Leslie ... Marta
Tom Aldredge ... Hank
Viveka Davis ... Alva
Raphael Sbarge ... Andy
Richard Hamilton Richard Hamilton ... Chet
Rosemary Murphy ... Helen At The B&B
Steven Eckholdt ... David
Susan Brightbill Susan Brightbill ... Catherine
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Storyline

A woman finds a romantic letter in a bottle washed ashore and tracks down the author, a widowed shipbuilder whose wife died tragically early. As a deep and mutual attraction blossoms, the man struggles to make peace with his past so that he can move on and find happiness. Written by CJ

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A story of love lost and found.

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

AL | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 April 1999 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Mensaje de amor See more »

Filming Locations:

Bath, Maine, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,852,976, 12 February 1999, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$52,880,016

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$118,880,016
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The sites that were finally chosen for most of the shooting of the scenes of Garret's hometown were Northport and Popham Beach, Maine. Over $250,000. of renovations were done to the seasonal home in Popham that became Garret's house, including the addition of the room which held Catherine's artwork and the adjacent living room with fireplace (faux). At the end of filming the owner of the house demanded that it be returned to its original state costing the production company nearly as much to undo. See more »

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Quotes

[first lines]
Jason Osborne: [disembarking] Where are they?
Theresa Osborne: Um... You know, they're probably just running late, they'll be here baby.
Jason Osborne: I see 'em. Daddy! Daddy!
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"Girl with lantern" painting by Helen Turner Greenville County Museum of Art See more »

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Featured in Message in a Bottle: Videoclip Only Lonely (2000) See more »

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Beyond the Blue
Written by Beth Nielsen Chapman and Gary Nicholson
Performed by Beth Nielsen Chapman
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A romantic offering with appeal to women.
24 January 2000 | by raymond-15See all my reviews

How private is a message set afloat in a bottle? Not at all, according to this film. Finders keepers, and if it makes a good story, publish it on the front page of the daily press. Garret (Kevin Costner) loves Catherine beyond the grave, and being a boat-builder, with the sea at his doorstep, he sends messages to her in a sealed bottle. Theresa (Robin Wright Penn) relaxing by the sea finds a bottle protruding from the wet sand and is much impressed by the expressions of love in the romantic message. As a newspaper researcher she seeks out the author and predictably they fall in love. I think this film would largely appeal to women. The dialogue and the romantic situations are believable as the story slowly but steadily unfolds. The photography of the seascapes and sunsets is very appealing and the background music suitably romantic and never obtrusive. The acting throughout is very controlled. The shy Garret devoted to the memory of Catherine slowly changes as this new woman enters his life. Theresa still suffering from a broken marriage and still uncertain of her future is beautifully played as the message continues to weave its spell. Garret's crotchety old father is played with all stops out by Paul Newman - a rascally fellow with firm ideas about what is good for his son. There are a few noisy scenes in the film, and necessary, I think, because the overall tenor of the film is somewhat subdued with the two shy central characters. Not a great film by any means , but the story has a certain charm. I am sure we would all like to find a message in a bottle - much more exciting than receiving an E-mail - and I guaratee that, human nature being what it is, we'd read it too.


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