Sleepless in Seattle script
Synopsis: After the death of his wife, Sam Baldwin (Tom Hanks) moves to Seattle with his son, Jonah (Ross Mallinger). When Jonah calls in to a talk-radio program to find a new wife for his father, Sam grudgingly gets on the line to discuss his feelings. Annie Reed (Meg Ryan), a reporter in Baltimore, hears Sam speak and falls for him, even though she is engaged. Unsure where it will lead, she writes Sam a letter asking him to meet her at the Empire State Building on Valentine's Day.

He stops, realizing that everyone in the room is staring

at him. Quickly they pretend they weren't paying

attention. Someone whispers something to a client.

SAM:

(continued)

Don't mind him. He's the guy

who just lost his wife.

(beat)

What I really think is we need

a change.

ROB:

Good idea. Take a few weeks

off, get some sun, take Jonah

fishing --

SAM:

(shaking his head no)

A real change. New city.

Someplace where every time I go

around a corner I don't think

of Maggie.

And hold on Sam for a moment and--

DISSOLVE:

EXT. WRIGLEY FIELD - DAY

Sam, Jonah and Maggie walking toward the field. It's a

gorgeous day for a game. They high-five each other.

ROB (V.O.)

Where you going to go?

And cut back to:

INT. SAM'S OFFICE - DAY

As Sam snaps out of it.

SAM:

I was thinking about Seattle.

INT. CHICAGO TRIBUNE - DAY

The Living Section of the paper. Annie is blowing her

nose as she finishes telling her tale of woe to her

boss, LAURIE JOHNSON.

LAURIE:

Honey, he wasn't right for you.

ANNIE:

(blowing her nose)

I know.

LAURIE:

He wasn't even wrong for you,

like cosmically wrong, so don't

beat up on yourself for

wasting...however long it was.

ANNIE:

I know.

(blowing her nose

again)

She pours Annie a cup of hot water. Annie pulls a

teabag out of her pocket, puts it into the water.

LAURIE:

Maybe you should see a shrink.

ANNIE:

I want my money.

LAURIE:

Go home for the weekend.

ANNIE:

(after a beat)

That's what I'm going to do.

I'm going to go home.

(she thinks about it)

I quit. Laurie, I quit. I'm

going back to Baltimore.

(she's giddy)

How does a blonde do a high-

five?

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Jeff Arch

Arch graduated in 1972 from the Harrisburg Academy. From 1972 to 1976 he studied Theater and Filmproduction at Emerson College in Boston, where he later had a production company. He established a friendship with cinematographer Conrad Hall, who was very influential in his life. more…

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