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You've Got Mail Details


Sleepless in Seattle director Nora Ephron originally made a name for herself as the writer of romantic comedies such as Nora Ephron and Nora Ephron. She continues the genre with You've Got Mail, marking her second collaboration with actors Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. The story brings romance and courtship into the electronic age of the World Wide Web via e-mail and chat rooms. Joe Fox (Hanks) and Kathleen Kelly (Ryan) live and work blocks from each other on New York City's Upper West Side. Their lives are practically intertwined. They both shop at the same place, frequent the same coffee shop, and even own competing bookstores on the same street. They also both have significant others of their own. Joe has the overly hyper book editor Patricia Eden (Parker Posey), while Kathleen lives with the scholarly newspaper columnist Frank Navasky (Greg Kinnear). Then they meet in a chat room. Though they keep their identities secret (they're known only by screen names "NY152" and "Shopgirl"), they tell each other everything about their lives, including their private feelings, which slowly turn into affection for each other. When Joe decides to open a new branch of his "Foxbooks" chain that risks putting Kathleen's "Shop Around the Corner" out of business, the tension between them escalates. Surely her boutique business will be lost to the conglomerate with a built-in newsstand and coffee bar. When Joe sees Kathleen waiting for him in the restaurant where they agreed to meet up, he puts two and two together, but cannot face her, given their agreement not to reveal each others' names and professions. How can he reveal himself to her now, knowing that he is the cause of her misery? Hopefully, love will conquer all. ~ Chris Gore, Rovi

  • Release date:December 18, 1998


Tom Hanks
as Joe Fox
Meg Ryan
as Kathleen Kelly
Parker Posey
as Patricia Eden
Greg Kinnear
as Frank Navasky
Jean Stapleton
as Birdie
Steve Zahn
as George Pappas
Dave Chappelle
as Kevin Scanlon
Dabney Coleman
as Nelson Fox
John Randolph
as Schuyler Fox
Heather Burns
as Christina
Hallee Hirsh
Chris Messina
Reiko Aylesworth


Nora Ephron
Nora Ephron
Lauren Shuler-Donner
Nora Ephron
Miklos Laszlo
Play Author
Delia Ephron
John Lindley
George Fenton
Composer (Music Score)
Richard Marks
Beth Kuhn
Art Director
Raymond Kluga
Art Director
Donald J. Lee, Jr.
Dianne Dreyer
Associate Producer
Julie Durk
Executive Producer
Delia Ephron
Executive Producer
G. Mac Brown
Executive Producer
Susan Bode-Tyson
Set Designer
Ellen Christiansen
Set Designer
Albert Wolsky
Costume Designer
Ron Bochar
Sound/Sound Designer
David Sardi
First Assistant Director
Francine Maisler