Message in a Bottle (film)
|Message in a Bottle|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Luis Mandoki|
|Produced by||Kevin Costner
Denise Di Novi
|Screenplay by||Gerald Di Pego|
|Music by||Gabriel Yared|
|Edited by||Steven Weisberg|
Di Novi Pictures
Bel Air Entertainment
|Distributed by||Warner Bros.|
|Release date(s)||February 12, 1999|
|Running time||131 minutes|
Message in a Bottle is a 1999 American romantic drama film directed by Luis Mandoki. Based on a novel with the same name by Nicholas Sparks, the film stars Kevin Costner, Robin Wright Penn, and Paul Newman. Message in a Bottle was filmed in Maine, Chicago, and Wilmington, North Carolina.
The producers originally planned to film on Tangier Island, Virginia, but some members of the town council objected to the drinking, cursing and sex in the movie and demanded script revisions in exchange for shooting permission, even though this turned out to be a PG-13 rated film.
Warner Bros. then tried Martha's Vineyard near Chilmark, Massachusetts, but the Chilmark Conservation Commission turned down a request to build a temporary 3,000-square-foot (280 m2) house on stilts in the dunes near Chilmark Pond.
Although the Chicago Tribune gave permission for its name and image to be used, the actual newspaper office where Theresa works, according to the film's official web site, was built inside a Los Angeles warehouse.
The fog-bound harbor near the end appears to be Rockland, Maine. NONE of the coastal scenes are the Outer Banks (the setting of the novel), which has neither rocks, bluffs, nor tall pines; nor does the Outer Banks have the roughly 40 foot tides indicated by the docks shown throughout the beginning of the film. Large tides in the Carolinas are 10 feet and that is extreme.
- Kevin Costner - Garret Blake
- Robin Wright - Theresa Osborne
- Paul Newman - Dodge Blake
- Susan Brightbill - Catherine Land Blake
- John Savage - Johnny Land
- Illeana Douglas - Lina Paul
- Robbie Coltrane - Charlie Toschi
- Jesse James - Jason Osborne
- Bethel Leslie - Marta Land
- Tom Aldredge - Hank Land
- Hayden Panettiere - girl on a sinking boat
- Boats in the film include a 40 John Alden-design gaff-rigged ketch in the beginning and a smaller wooden sloop Garrett "launches" near the end; the large ketch is not a sail configuration often seen off the Carolina coast, which leans toward sloops.
The film received mixed to negative reviews from critics. Rotten Tomatoes gave the film a score of 32% based on 38 reviews. Costner's performance in this film as well as For Love of the Game earned him a Razzie Award nomination for Worst Actor, where he lost to Adam Sandler for Big Daddy.
Message in a Bottle opened at #1 on the Valentine Day's weekend of 1999 with an estimated $16.7 million. It grossed $52.8 million domestically with an additional $66 million overseas to a total of $118.8 million worldwide.
- Message in a Bottle
- Message in a Bottle at the Internet Movie Database
- Message in a Bottle at AllMovie
- Message in a Bottle at Rotten Tomatoes