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A Walk to Remember (2002)

PG  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  25 January 2002 (USA)
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The story of two North Carolina teens, Landon Carter and Jamie Sullivan, who are thrown together after Landon gets into trouble and is made to do community service.

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In Beaufort, North Carolina, a prank on a student goes terribly wrong and puts the student in the hospital. Landon Carter, a popular student with no defined plans for the future, is held responsible and forced to participate in after-school community service activities as punishment, which include starring as the lead in the school play. Also participating in these activities is Jamie Sullivan, the reverend's daughter who has great ambitions and nothing in common with Landon. When Landon decides he wants to take his activities seriously, he asks Jamie for help and begins to spend most of his time with her. But he starts to develop strong feelings for her, something he did not expect to do. The two start a relationship, much to the chagrin of Landon's old popular friends and Jamie's strict reverend father. But when a heart-breaking secret becomes known that puts their relationship to the test, it is then that Landon and Jamie realize the true meaning of love and fate. Written by Anonymous

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There's more to attraction than meets the eye. (UK) See more »

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Drama | Romance

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Rated PG for thematic elements, language and some sensual material | See all certifications »

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25 January 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Un amor para recordar  »

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Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$110,657 (Japan) (17 January 2003)

Gross:

$110,657 (Japan) (17 January 2003)
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Trivia

This movie was filmed in only 39 days, despite the fact that they only had Mandy Moore for 10 hours a day because she was a minor. See more »

Goofs

When Landon and Eric are practicing Landon's lines at Landon's house the Azaleas (surrounding them) are in full bloom. Later, when Landon speaks with his mom at their house about Jamie having faith in him (after Jamie told him she loved him), the Azalea blooms on the same Azalea bushes have died - most have fallen off and a few brown blooms remain. Several scenes later, when Belinda comes and apologizes to Landon for the hurtful fliers, again at Landon's house, the same Azaleas (now surrounding Belinda and Landon) are once again in full beautiful bloom. Azaleas are perennials, only blooming once per year for about 2 weeks. See more »

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[first lines]
Dean: Is he here yet?
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Spoofed in A Cock to Remember (2011) See more »

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If You Believe
Written by Guy Roche, Shelly Peiken
Performed by Rachael Lampa
Rachael Lampa appears courtesy of Word Records
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Purity and beauty for the traditional romantic.
28 June 2002 | by (Longmont, Colorado) – See all my reviews

I don't know - I'm way too old for a middle life crisis, maybe its the onset of dementia, but this film really got to me. Never in all these years have I come across as beautiful and pure a character as Jamie Sullivan - and to think I gave MTV the flick whenever Britney-clone Miss Moore, started up her song of the month. Call it manipulative, unrealistic, contrived, saccharine, whatever your pleasure - but I absolutely lost my heart to Mandy Moore's character here. Perhaps the deep-rooted protective instinct in my nature, maybe a reminder of what I never found but always desired, but I would be lying if I did not admit to falling totally in love with Jamie, matter of fact that would be an understatement.

An impossible blend of strength, integrity, natural beauty, youth, feistiness, femininity and vulnerability - Mandy Moore delivered a performance so genuine and moving it totally stunned me. She was utterly spellbinding in every scene she was in - which was most of them. I thought her rendition of "Its gonna be love" during the school play was cinematic magic. She was for those moments, every man's dream and the epitome of virginal translucence.

I was impressed too with Shane West's performance who at times was so reminiscent of a young Kevin Bacon somewhere around his FOOTLOOSE days. At times I agree, the film seemed to be headed down THE MAJESTIC path of over-sentiment but I'm sorry guys, I don't care. So long as Jamie was on-screen ripping my emotions apart, the rest really didn't matter! What a stunning performance from so young a girl with barely any acting experience. The mere fact that this flick has pulled an everage user rating of 6.6 would suggest a LOT of people liked it. It blows LOVE STORY totally out of the water. On reflection, it is the film's very simplicity, lack of pretension and strong supporting actors that serves it so very well.

By the way, it does so help being a hopeless romantic!


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