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The Love Letter (1999)

PG-13
88 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

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 ...See moreThe 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. Written by See less
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Cathleen Schine (novel) | Maria Maggenti (screenplay)
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$ 20,000,000
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$ 2,692,819
Gross (USA)
$ 8,276,228
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Release date
May 21, 1999 (United States)

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Blythe Danner
Lillian MacFarquhar Lillian MacFarquhar   See fewer
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Ellen DeGeneres
Janet Hall Janet Hall   See fewer
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Julianne Nicholson
Jennifer Jennifer   See fewer
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Tom Selleck
George Matthias George Matthias   See fewer
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Gloria Stuart
Eleanor Eleanor   See fewer
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Bill Buell
Officer Dan Officer Dan   See fewer
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Alice Drummond
Postal Clerk Postal Clerk   See fewer
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Walter Covell
Post Office Customer Post Office Customer   See fewer
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Patrick Donnelly
Bookstore Customer Bookstore Customer   See fewer
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Lucas Hall
Garbage Man Garbage Man   See fewer
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Christian Harmony
Garbage Man Garbage Man   See fewer
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Geraldine McEwan
Miss Scattergoods Miss Scattergoods   See fewer
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Christopher Nee
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Sasha Spielberg
Girl with Sparkler Girl with Sparkler   See fewer
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John J. Burke
Restaurant patron Restaurant patron   See fewer
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Kelly Hawthorne
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Katrina Romanoff
Johnny's Friend Johnny's Friend   See fewer
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Sarah Sampson
Young Lillian Young Lillian   See fewer
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Jack Black
Fisherman (uncredited) Fisherman (uncredited)   See fewer
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5.4 / 10 | 3,726 votes