There used to be a lot of newspaper cartoons about stranded castaways on tiny islands tossing bottles containing messages into the sea. A Message in a bottle as a present, invitation or promotional product that becomes a focal point of the recipient’s day. Reminding them of the individual that despatched them their special message in a bottle. Music video by The Police performing Message In A Bottle. (C) 1979 A&M Records Ltd.
However where, oh where, did they get the film’s ending? Is it in the authentic novel, “message in a bottle song meaning in a Bottle,” by Nicholas Sparks ? Don’t know. Haven’t read it. The climactic occasions are shameless, contrived, and wildly out of tune with the remainder of the story. To saddle Costner, Penn and Newman with such goofy melodrama is like hiring Fred Astaire and strapping a tractor on his back.