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With: Kate Capshaw, Julianne Nicholson, Blythe Danner, Ellen DeGeneres, Geraldine McEwan, Tom Everett Scott, Tom Selleck, Gloria Stuart
Written by: Maria Maggenti, based on a novel by Cathleen Schine
Directed by: Peter Chan
MPAA Rating: PG-13 on appeal for some sensuality, nudity and strong language
Running Time: 88
Date: 02/01/1998

The Love Letter (1999)

3 1/2 Stars (out of 4)

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By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Hong Kong director Peter Ho-sun Chan, who made 1997's exquisite Comrades, Almost a Love Story makes his Hollywood debut with The Love Letter, a wonderfully intelligent and balanced story that begins with a gimmick but quickly abandons it for genuine characters and emotions. In this movie, bookstore owner Kate Capshaw finds a mysterious unsigned love letter and several characters assume that it was written for them. Ellen DeGeneres, Tom Selleck, Blythe Danner, Geraldine McEwan, Julianne Nicholson, Tom Everett Scott, and Gloria Stuart (the old lady from Titanic) star. Adapted by Maria Maggenti (The Incredibly True Story of 2 Girls in Love), The Love Letter tosses aside most conventional romance plot twists and stereotypes, and the result is a lovely alternative to more routine Hollywood fare.

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