Sleepless in Seattle

Sleepless in Seattle (1993)

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Corrected entry: In the scene where Tom Hanks is getting his son from the top of the Empire State Building it is not raining. At the same time, when Meg Ryan is running towards the building, there is rain on the cab and the streets are wet.

Correction: It had probably just stopped raining, since there is rain all over for quite a while after it rains.

Corrected entry: As Annie walks toward Sam and Jonah she is holding Howard the bear and Jonah's backpack. Annie returns only the bear to Jonah; as the trio walks to the elevator Jonah is seen carrying both the backpack and the bear. (There wasn't enough time lapse between shots for the backpack to be handed over, either.)


Correction: Annie does not hand the backpack to Jonah, as he does not have it when they're leaving and going to the elevator. It just disappears, as it appears she did not drop it.

Correction: I just watched this scene, and during the time that Annie and Sam are talking, just after Annie gives Jonah the teddy bear, the camera pans up to Sam and Annie's shoulders and faces. Annie is still holding the backpack in her left hand, and Jonah, who cannot be seen at this point but is standing next to Annie, could have taken the pack from her then and she just released it to him.

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Correction: Jonah can be seen stuffing his teddy bear Howard into something (I assume it is the backpack) as the trio move through the doors of the viewing back toward the elevator.

Corrected entry: In the movie, Meg Ryan runs into the Empire State Building and begs to be allowed to go to the observation deck. In reality, Meg would've had to wait in the ticket line for an observation deck ticket and then in line to board an elevator to the top of the building. No one is allowed on the observation deck without a ticket.

Correction: She wasn't in line because there was no one there, since it was closing. The security guard made the decision to let her go up, because he felt bad for her.

Corrected entry: There is a scene near the beginning when Tom Hanks is at work, designing a house with a few other archictects. His boss, Claire, talks to Tom and the other archictects for a while. When she is leaving, she says 'La décorateur calls'; meaning in French 'The decorator is calling'. However, 'la' is feminine, and 'le' is masculine (both forms of 'the'). 'Décorateur' is the masculine form of 'decorator, and 'décoratrice' is the feminine form. So, 'La décorateur' should have been 'Le décorateur' or 'La décoratr

Correction: The idea is that she doesn't really speak French. She's trying to be all suave and sophisticated, so she pretends to speak French. It was not meant to be accurate, as it was a mix of French and English.

Corrected entry: In the scene where Meg Ryan is watching Tom Hanks and his son play on the beach, she is hiding behind a building with a sign on the door that reads, "Closed for Labor Day." The movie takes place between Christmas Eve and Valentine's Day - nowhere near Labor Day.

Correction: The sign actually says, "Closed from Labor Day to Memorial Day."

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Corrected entry: When Annie and Walter meet in New York, they are standing outside a store window with a rotating globe. The globe rotates the wrong way. The Earth rotates in a counterclockwise direction when viewed from above the north pole, but the globe in the store rotates in a clockwise direction.

Correction: This cannot be considered a film mistake. It is merely an issue for the manufacturers of the globe.

Corrected entry: When the ball comes down in New York, Jonah is sleeping to make it look like it is midnight in Seattle. Fireworks are going off in Seattle at what would actually be 9pm there.

Correction: I live in California and at least one station plays the ball dropping in New York at Midnight our time, like it's just dropping, every year. It could very well be midnight in Seattle and a station is just playing the ball dropping.


Corrected entry: When they are on the observation deck of the Empire State Building you can see in the background...the Empire State Building.

Correction: If you're talking about the building with the upper windows in a curved configuration, that is the Chrysler Building.

Corrected entry: When Annie has the private investigator follow Sam and Victoria to the restaurant, the photos taken show Sam's face and Victoria's back. The photos were sent to Annie back in Baltimore, so she saw Sam's face in the pictures- when she arrives in Seattle she is looking around and Sam watches her enter the airport. How can she say she recognized Victoria (really Sam's friend) by the back of her head, yet didn't recognize Sam at the airport when she arrived?

Correction: She recognized the woman when she is with Sam at his house and on the water. She didn't see the woman at the airport or Sam.

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Corrected entry: Sam and Jonah take a boat ride to Alki Beach in West Seattle. Annie follows them the entire way in her rental car. To get from their Lake Union houseboat to Alki Beach involves going over the lake, through the Ballard locks and across Elliot Bay (Puget Sound). There's no road that follows this route, and the boat trip would probably take close to an hour with the wait at the locks.

Correction: There certainly is a road that follows this route - I just drove it lastweek. It took it took less than half an hour with some mid-day traffic.

Corrected entry: When Sam arrives at NY looking for his son, it is daytime. He immediately takes a cab and drives to the Empire State building. Yet, when he gets there is nightime and very dark.

Correction: It actually takes Tom some time to get to the Empire State Building. When he crosses the bridge it's sunset. Then they go to Meg and Bill having dinner...and then Tom shows up at the Empire State Building. Plus, this takes place during winter and it get dark around 5:30 pm.

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What bridge does he cross and from what airport?

Corrected entry: When Tom Hanks goes to his son's friend's house to question her about where Jonah went, her parents have no idea about what is going on. However when she says he flew to New York, her dad says how the flight left at 7:30. How did he know?

Correction: The little girl tells Jonah that her parents are travel agents and she makes his reservation on their computer.

Corrected entry: When Meg Ryan arrives in Seattle and is getting off the plane, she comes through the gate and looks right at Tom Hanks standing only a few feet in front of her. He notices her avidly, and we can see that she sees him too while scanning the crowd. She looks straight at him, and couldn't have possibly missed seeing him. But she doesn't seem to recognize him. This doesn't make sense, because we know she has already received photos of Tom Hanks from the Private Investigator by this time. (She mentions this to Rosie on the phone as well.) Also, later as she follows Tom Hanks around with his son, she clearly sees him then as well. And she obviously at this point knows exactly who he is and what he looks like because of the photos. So why didn't she notice him standing so close to her in the airport, and recognize him then? And why wouldn't she later remember him as that guy she saw at the airport?

Correction: Because hundreds of people are at the airport, it's confusing as people are coming and going, and a photo doesn't always give you an accurate idea of what the person appears like in life.

Corrected entry: When Annie is telling her mother about how she and Walter met, she says they each got each other's sandwiches: Walter got her sandwich on whole wheat bread, which he was allergic to, while she got his on white bread. However, anyone allergic to whole wheat bread would be equally allergic to white bread; wheat flour is the main ingredient in white bread.

Correction: Dead wrong. A friend of mine is allergic to whole wheat but not wheat. Whole wheat flour contains wheat bran, white wheat-flour does not.


But later, at the New Year's Party, when Walter and Annie plan to meet in NY for Valentine's Day, Annie says "I'll take you to Chinatown for DimSum" and Walter asks "is there wheat in that?" which implies that he is allergic to wheat. So there is definitely a mistake.

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Revealing mistake: In the final scene when Annie and Sam are exiting the observation deck coming towards the elevators, the New York skyline backdrop which should be visible behind them is missing, and the entire sound stage wall can be seen beyond the observation deck safety railings instead. 'Although the exterior and lobby of the Empire State Building, 350 Fifth Avenue at 34th Street, are the real thing, a slightly larger replica of the Observation Deck was built in a hangar at Sand Point Naval Base on Puget Sound just northeast of - where else? - Seattle.' (01:39:35)

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Co-Worker: It's easier to be killed by a terrorist than it is to find a husband over the age of 40.
Annie: That statistic is not true.
Becky: That's right it's not true, but it feels true.

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Trivia: When Tom Hanks is listing the names of all the girls he 'made it with' in college, he lists 'Mary Kelly' as the eighth one. Mary Kelly is the name of the script superviser, and she also has a small role as the woman afraid of flying on the plane with Meg Ryan.

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Question: Can anyone tell me the name of the artist who sings a jazz version of 'Somewhere Over The Rainbow' played when Tom Hanks finishes talking on the radio for the first time? And where can I buy this version of the song?

Answer: Ray Charles is the singer who performs this version of "Somewhere over the Rainbow" - this is not on the original movie soundtrack, but you may be able to find a Ray Charles album where this song is included.

I found an album by Ray Charles "Genius Loves Company By Ray Charles, Ray Charles And the Count Basie Orchestra" where "Over the Rainbow" is one of the songs, but it's not the same rendition as in the movie "Sleepless in Seattle." I can't fine the movie version anywhere.

Try the Ray Charles album "Genius Loves Company." It's a collections of duets and he sings "Over the Rainbow" with Johnny Mathis. It was supposedly recorded sometime between 2003 and 2004, but his lines sounds like what's in the film. So I don't know if it's just him reprising an older version he did that was used in the film, or if it's the older version with Mathis' lines mixed in. I couldn't find anything earlier.


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