Message in a Bottle

February 12, 1999 0 By Fans
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Kevin Costner as Garret BlakeSean Penn and Robin Wright at event of Message in a BottleGarret & TheresaGarret & TheresaRobin Wright Penn as Theresa Osborne


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

Luis Mandoki

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


Kevin Costner

Garret Blake

Robin Wright

Theresa Osborne

(as Robin Wright Penn)

Paul Newman

Dodge Blake

John Savage

Johnny Land

Illeana Douglas

Lina Paul

Robbie Coltrane

Charlie Toschi

Jesse James

Jason Osborne

Bethel Leslie

Marta Land

Tom Aldredge

Hank Land

Viveka Davis


Raphael Sbarge


Richard Hamilton


Rosemary Murphy

Helen at the B&B

Steven Eckholdt

David Osborne

Susan Brightbill

Catherine Land Blake

A story of love lost and found.


Official Website:
Official German Site (Tobis) |
Warner Bros. |

Release Date: 12 February 1999

Filming Locations: Bath, Maine, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $30,000,000


Opening Weekend: £579,997
(25 April 1999)
(285 Screens)

Gross: $52,799,004
(9 May 1999)

Technical Specs


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".


[first lines]

Jason Osborne:
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!

User Review

"Choose between yesterday and tomorrow. Pick one. Stick with it."

Rating: 8/10

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… She
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 photography—also 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