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Message in a Bottle
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Based on the novel by Nicholas Sparks, Message In A Bottle stars Robin Wright Penn as Theresa Osborne, a writer for the Chicago Tribune. While her son visits her cheating ex-husband, Theresa goes on a vacation by herself. One day, while running on the beach, she finds a bottle washed up on the shore. She opens it and inside finds a love letter unlike any she's ever read. Captivated by the author's words of love, she returns to her job at the Tribune where she convinces her boss to run an article about the mystery writer, known only as "G." He approves, and Theresa begins her hunt. Scrutinizing every physical detail of the letter and the path the bottle may have taken, she eventually locates Garret Blake (Kevin Costner), a North Carolina boat-restorer who has not been the same since the tragic death of his beloved wife Catherine. Since her death, Garret has written several letters to his dead wife, put them in a bottles, and let them loose in the sea. As Theresa spends time with Garret, she quickly falls in love with him, though she neglects to tell him she knows about the letters. Garret, prodded by his cantankerous, no-nonsense dad, Dodge (Paul Newman), emerges from his shell of grief and develops an interest in Theresa as well. Theresa returns to Chicago and Garret soon visits her; he meets her son, Jason (Jesse James), but also discovers her knowledge of the letters. Eventually the two, who have both lost love, must cast off their emotional baggage and decide if they will pursue love even if it can't always last.
Based on the novel by Nicholas Sparks, Message In A Bottle stars Robin Wright Penn as Theresa Osborne, a writer for the Chicago Tribune. While her son visits her cheating ex-husband, Theresa goes on a vacation by herself. One day, while running on the beach, she finds a bottle washed up on the shore. She opens it and inside finds a love letter unlike any she's ever read. Captivated by the author's words of love, she returns to her job at the Tribune where she convinces her boss to run an article about the mystery writer, known only as "G." He approves, and Theresa begins her hunt. Scrutinizing every physical detail of the letter and the path the bottle may have taken, she eventually locates Garret Blake (Kevin Costner), a North Carolina boat-restorer who has not been the same since the tragic death of his beloved wife Catherine. Since her death, Garret has written several letters to his dead wife, put them in a bottles, and let them loose in the sea. As Theresa spends time with Garret, she quickly falls in love with him, though she neglects to tell him she knows about the letters. Garret, prodded by his cantankerous, no-nonsense dad, Dodge (Paul Newman), emerges from his shell of grief and develops an interest in Theresa as well. Theresa returns to Chicago and Garret soon visits her; he meets her son, Jason (Jesse James), but also discovers her knowledge of the letters. Eventually the two, who have both lost love, must cast off their emotional baggage and decide if they will pursue love even if it can't always last.
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Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Sales Rank:
3,101
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Region Code:
1
Original Release:
1999
Release Date:
11/03/2009
Format:
DVD
UPC:
0883929090938
Source:
Warner Home Video
Rating:
PG-13
Time:
02:11:00
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Special Features
Closed Caption; Additional scenes; Commentary by director Luis Mandoki and producer Denise Di Novi; 5 special effects featurettes; Filmographies; Theatrical trailer
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Disc #1 -- Message in a Bottle
1. By Herself [4:22]
2. Message in Bottle [3:39]
3. Wishful Thinking [1:59]
4. Another Letter [3:46]
5. Detective Work [4:25]
6. My Son's Place [2:28]
7. A Date to Sail [4:17]
8. A Thief and a Liar [2:29]
9. All Aboard [4:33]
10. Jackets Like That [4:28]
11. "I Don't Do This" [3:58]
12. David / Catherine [6:08]
13. Two Halves of War [5:41]
14. Together [4:16]
15. Trespassing [1:33]
16. More on Catherine [2:36]
17. Wish It Was Easier [5:47]
18. Headed Inland [5:54]
19. Mutually Glad [3:41]
20. Around Town [2:53]
21. Jason's Night Out [4:12]
22. Garret's Discovery [3:15]
23. The Third Letter [4:30]
24. So Much Pain / Love [3:13]
25. Homecoming [1:21]
26. Finish / Started [3:48]
27. Dear Theresa [1:59]
28. To Catherine [3:24]
29. Not Lose You [2:33]
30. Dodge's Business [4:20]
31. All Figured Out [2:50]
32. Eye of the Storm [4:03]
33. Sad News [1:43]
34. The Whole Story [6:05]
35. End Credits [4:53]
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         Kevin Costner - Garret
         Robin Wright-Penn - Theresa
         Paul Newman - Dodge
         Screenplay by Gerald DiPego
         Based on the Novel by Nicholas Sparks
         Produced by Denise Di Novi
         Produced by Jim Wilson
         Produced by Kevin Costner
         Directed by Luis Mandoki
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There's a lot to like in this film from director Luis Mandoki, including a terrific, underrated performance by supporting player Paul Newman, decent production values, and two leads who seem to genuinely like each other -- no small plus in a doomed romance. The film's chief stumbling block is that the source material from Nicholas Sparks and subsequent script adaptation from Gerald Di Pego make the blooming attraction between protagonists Kevin Costner and Robin Wright Penn seem so predestined, so utterly fated, that the second-act conflicts that arise to keep them temporarily apart feel phony. After a great setup that rivals that of Sleepless in Seattle (1993), it's a letdown when petty concerns over how they met and letting go of the past come between two lovers who have been cast as a modern-day Orpheus and Eurydice. Still, Newman gives one of his great, gruff star turns here and John Savage, wasted in a bit part that is interesting enough to have been more substantial, does some yeoman-like supporting work, diverting attention away from the contrived nature of much of the film's middle portion. Message in a Bottle comes back around again in the end, with an ending that, while not exactly leaving the audience with the feeling that anything has been learned or gained that made the trip worthwhile for the film's surviving hero, also must be given credit for surprisingly not copping out with a typical Hollywood ending. Still, the film's central romance could have used some of the earthy, realistic touch of Mandoki's previous excellent relationship drama, White Palace (1990).
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Message in a Bottle
This movie is so good! All the actors give amazing performances. This is movie making at its very best. I recommend it for ages 11 and up.
- Guest
October 1, 2010
Suprising And Stunning
Even thought the book is completely different from the movie, the two shouldn't be compared as to which is better. The movie is lovely and tragic, as is the book. If you're looking for a movie to cry over on a lonely Saturday night, grab the tissues and prepare to fall in love with the characters from Message In A Bottle.
- Guest
October 1, 2010
Nicholas Sparks never lets me down.
Any novel of Nicholas Sparks, to me, is amazing. Almost all his novels make me cry and long for a love like those. Just like every other book he has written, this book did just the same. I thought the plot was amazing. A girl semi heart broken goes on a journey to find a man she falls in love with from a letter. It is truly romantic. This book is very nicely written and makes you long for an alternate ending. Love is not love without a tragedy. I saw the movie but it does not compare to the novel. All though the casting was well put out, and the way they made the movie was wonderful too, the novel is just as good possibly even better. (: <33
- YeseniaB
October 1, 2010
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Message in a Bottle
Pub. Date: 11/03/2009
Publisher: Warner Home Video
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