Movie inside a movie: Sleepless in Seattle & An Affair to Remember

Have you ever watched the movie inside a movie? I must have seen Sleepless in Seattle half a dozen times, and I’d always wondered just how good ‘An Affair to Remember’ could be. Since Cary Grant is one of the classic actors I adore, I decided to check it out.

Winter must be cold for those with no warm memories… we’ve already missed the spring!

The quote above, you will hear Meg and Rose quote, teary eyed in Sleepless in Seattle…

Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr
Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr

The story is an interesting one, with each character currently attached to another before they embark on the sea voyage to New York. Grant’s character is engaged to an heiress, and Kerr’s character (a singer) has a wealthy benefactor who wants to rush her to the altar. 

The pair attempt to keep their budding romance quite, which is hard on a ship where they appear to be the star attaction. Once they reach port, they promise to meet each other at the empire state building on Valentines Day in exactly six months… (you’ll have to watch the movie for yourself to see the ending!)

I’m going to get out of bed every morning and breathe in and out all day long. Then, after a while, I won’t have to remind myself to get out of bed in the morning and breathe in and out. And then after a while, I won’t have to think about how I had it great and perfect for a while.

Sleepless in Seattle is a film I really enjoy. We get to see the chemistry between Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan for the first time. (Of course Tom Hanks’ actual wife Rita Wilson also has a small role in this film.)

So, in this film, Meg (who according to her best friend wants love that can only be found in the movies) watches her favorite film, An Affair to Remember. Meanwhile, Hanks who has recently lost his wife, and the love of his life, struggles to pick up the pieces and start a new life on the other side of the States… in Seattle. (of all places since it’s mentioned that it rains 9 months out of the year there!)


Thanks to a little help from Meg’s bf and Hanks son, these two finally meet up at the Empire State Building on Valentines Day. (Just like Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr planned to.)


So have you ever seen a movie in a movie?



  • Reply Paul S December 19, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    This is a really interesting subject you raise and as a viewer there is an interesting connection, because we are watching characters in a film and those characters are doing the same thing: watching characters in a film.

    Sleepless in Seattle is probably my favourite “movie within a movie”, but another really interesting example is in the 1978 Burt Reynolds film Hooper. Reynolds plays a stuntman and there is a scene where his character is watching clips of his own stunts in films. One of them happens to be Reynolds (performing his own stunt, no less) in Deliverance.

  • Reply dbmoviesblog December 26, 2013 at 11:35 pm

    A very interesting post, indeed. I guess ‘E.T.’ does not really count here as they were supposed to show E.T’s reaction to a movie, etc., but I always remember that scene from Quiet Man, I think. A nice example as well is ‘V for Vendetta’ and ‘The Count of Monte Cristo’ that Evey and V watch; I had to re-watch that film again after the viewing.

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