Message in a Bottle - Message in a Bottle (1999)
Front Cover Actor Back Cover
Kevin Costner
Robin Wright Penn
Paul Newman
John Savage
Illeana Douglas
Robbie Coltrane
Robin Wright-Penn
Movie Details
Genre Drama; Romance
Director Luis Mandoki
Writer Gerald DiPego
Studio BMG
Language English
Audience Rating PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Running Time 125 mins
Country USA
Color Color
Plot
If, as they say, you're in a certain mood, Message in a Bottle can be just the ticket. Based on Nicholas Sparks's bestselling novel, this handsome but overly calculated romance tale stars Robin Wright Penn as Theresa, a Chicago Tribune researcher who finds a note encased in a green bottle that has floated onto a Cape Cod shore. The message within is a heartfelt, yearning declaration of love to a woman named Catherine, but the author is unknown until Theresa (rather improbably) tracks him down in North Carolina. He's Garret Blake (Kevin Costner), a taciturn builder of sailboats and a grieving widower whose late wife, poetically speaking, was the intended recipient of the seafaring note Theresa found. Theresa, a divorcée with a son, decides to meet Garret, only to find him as bottled-up as his message. Nevertheless, a romance blooms on the strength of quality time in a sailboat and lots of cuddling, though the script tosses in bits of conflict to keep their relationship spicy. Directed by Luis Mandoki (When a Man Loves a Woman), this love story is entirely by the numbers, with Costner inhabiting (rather than performing) a stock fantasy of a man perfect in every way save his broken heart. Penn brings more vibrancy to her equally predictable part, but fortunately for all, Paul Newman, John Savage, Robbie Coltrane, and Illeana Douglas are on hand in nicely textured character parts. Sometimes predictability is exactly what one wants when settling in for an evening of home video, and this movie fits the bill nicely. The appealing cinematography is by ace cameraman Caleb Deschanel. --Tom Keogh
Personal Details
Seen It Yes
Index 146
In Collection Yes
Product Details
Format DVD
Region Region 2
Layers Single side, Dual layer
UPC 085391698920
Release Date 1999
Subtitles Deutsch; Englisch
Packaging Amaray schwarz
Audio Tracks Deutsch: Dolby Digital 5.1
Englisch: (mit fixen deutschen Untertiteln): Dolby Digital 5.1
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Color Closed-captioned Dolby Widescreen