"SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE," STARRING TOM HANKS AND MEG RYAN,
AIRS AS THE "ABC SATURDAY MOVIE OF THE WEEK," JANUARY 3
What if someone you never met, someone you never saw,
someone you never knew was the only someone for you?
"Sleepless in Seattle," the 1993 romantic comedy starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan, airs as the "ABC Saturday Movie of the Week," JANUARY 3 (8:00-11:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network. The film, nominated for two Academy Awards and three Golden Globe Awards, will air in HDTV format with 5.1-channel surround sound and Spanish audio via SAP.
After losing his wife to cancer, a devastated Sam Baldwin (Hanks) moves with young son Jonah to Seattle to start over. On Christmas Eve, Jonah calls into a national radio program and persuades his father to talk about his loneliness and lost wife. While thousands of women across the country who heard the show flood Sam's mailbox with letters, one letter in particular from Annie Reed (Ryan), a journalist from Baltimore, touches Jonah enough that he concocts a plan to have Annie and his father meet in New York City. When Sam refuses to go to New York, Jonah has to figure out a way to get his father to the top of the Empire State Building -- as in the Cary Grant / Deborah Kerr classic, "An Affair to Remember," which is referenced throughout the film � to give this improbable romance a chance.
"Sleepless in Seattle" stars Tom Hanks as Sam Baldwin, Meg Ryan as Annie Reed, Bill Pullman as Walter, Rosie O'Donnell as Becky, Victor Garber (ABC's "Eli Stone") as Greg, Rita Wilson as Suzy, Ross Malinger as Jonah Baldwin, Gaby Hoffman as Jessica, Barbara Garrick as Victoria, Carey Lowell as Maggie Baldwin, David Hyde Pierce as Dennis Reed, Dana Ivey as Claire and Rob Reiner as Jay.
"Sleepless in Seattle" is written by Nora Ephron and based on a story from Jeff Arch. It was directed by Nora Ephron, and produced by Gary Foster and TriStar Pictures. (CLOSED-CAPTIONED) (Broadcast in stereo where available)
"SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE" IN HDTV:
The ABC Television Network's HDTV broadcast of "Sleepless in Seattle" will air in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC's selected HDTV format, with 5.1-channel surround sound and Spanish audio via SAP.
A TV parental guideline will be posted closer to airdate.