Message in a BottleFebruary 12, 1999
A woman discovers a tragic love letter in a bottle on a beach, and is determined to track down its author.
Release Year: 1999
Rating: 5.7/10 (16,033 voted)
Critic's Score: 39/100
Stars: Kevin Costner, Robin Wright, Paul Newman
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.
Writers: Nicholas Sparks, Gerald Di Pego
(as Robin Wright Penn)
Helen at the B&B
Catherine Land Blake
A story of love lost and found.
Release Date: 12 February 1999
Filming Locations: Bath, Maine, USA
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: £579,997
(25 April 1999)
(9 May 1999)
Did You Know?
When Garret arrives at Theresa's apartment, the show playing on the TV that she turns off is
Perfect Strangers The two main characters in that show worked at a Chicago newspaper, just as Theresa does.
When Garret is typing the last letter to Catherine to tell her about Theresa, the first word he types is "It". When the letter is read in voiceover, it starts out with the word "My".
Where are they?
Um… You know, they're probably just running late, they'll be here baby.
I see 'em. Daddy! Daddy!
"Choose between yesterday and tomorrow. Pick one. Stick with it."
While on vacation, a single mother identified as Theresa discovers a
'message in a bottle' on the shore that has moving honest words of love
addressed to a woman named Catherine
The trail leads her to a sailboat builder named Garrett and also to his
father, Dodge in a small North Carolina coastal town It turns out that
Catherine is Garret's deceased wife, and the intriguing letters were
written, two years earlier, after her decease
Some people find the one true love of their lives, if they're fortunate
enough Luis Mandoki's film, in part, turns out to be a choice about
what occurs when a person finds that right kind of love, then when he
is faced with the impossible, and then when he is given the right to
continue with his life and is brave enough to love again no matter how
unpleasant his grief is
As a reclusive widower, Garret was still in deep pain, and entirely
devoted to Catherine's memory He had hard time letting go of the past
Catherine was dead but not forgotten and was simply everywhere
As a sailor Costner didn't inherit the charm of Newman
He was drawn to
Penn by her smile, her beauty, even her mistakes
Robin Wright Penn was beautiful, delicate and sweet as Theresa
soon insinuates her way into Garret's life Her expectations were
always too high Since the beginning, she just had to meet the person
that wrote those letters Her life was changed by them Eventually when
she met Garret that morning, she accepted, without hesitation, to step
Paul Newman as Dodge liked Theresa instantly
He saw in her the key to
his son's emotional recovery
With a very nice music, and a stunning coastal photographyalso the
ocean scenes are wonderfully taken"Message in a Bottle" is definitely
a weepy melodrama and a must see for those who believe, or don't, in