Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5.
USA, 1993. TriStar Pictures. Story by Jeff Arch, Screenplay by Nora Ephron, David S. Ward, Jeff Arch. Cinematography by Sven Nykvist. Produced by Gary Foster. Music by Marc Shaiman. Production Design by Jeffrey Townsend. Costume Design by Judy L. Raskin. Film Editing by Robert M. Reitano.
You could hardly do better in the romantic comedy department than this wonderfully original and witty film. Meg Ryan hears a recently widowed man (Tom Hanks) talking to a late night radio talk show host about the loss of his wife and his subsequent loneliness. Obsessed with this story that has touched her so, Ryan becomes one of the millions of women around the country who write to him in hopes of making a connection, despite her fiance (Bill Pullman) being something of a bit of a hitch in the plan. On his end of it, Hanks has enough to cope with trying to raise his son (Ross Malinger) all by himself, not to mention the recent addition of girlfriend Barbara Garrick. The story of star-crossed lovers couldn’t be more delightful, but it’s the little things in between that Nora Ephron brilliantly includes that make the whole thing so magical. The film rests on its two excellent stars, but also couldn’t do without the marvelous support by Rosie O’Donnell, Rita Wilson and Victor Garber and the wonderful subplot that pays tribute to An Affair To Remember.
Academy Award Nominations: Best Original Screenplay; Best Original Song (“A Wink And A Smile”)
Golden Globe Award Nominations: Best Picture-Musical/Comedy; Best Actor-Musical/Comedy (Tom Hanks); Best Actress-Musical/Comedy (Meg Ryan)