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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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Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

25 January 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Un amor para recordar  »

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Box Office


$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$12,177,488 (USA) (25 January 2002)


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

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


When Landon and his friends leave the hallway to go to class in the shot behind Landon, you see that Belinda is clinging onto Landon's arm, not fitting in their character relationship. (Mentioned in the director/actor commentary: Shane West says that they were all good friends and left the scene naturally. They didn't realize they were being filmed at the time.) See more »


[first lines]
Dean: Is he here yet?
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Referenced in Parks and Recreation: Fancy Party (2011) See more »


Mother We Just Can't Get Enough
Written by Gregg Alexander
Performed by New Radicals
Courtesy of MCA Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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User Reviews

surprisingly good
28 January 2003 | by (TN) – See all my reviews

This movie doesn't have an original plot, but it is good because of the 2 leads give wonderful performances. Mandy Moore is especially good as the straight-laced preacher's daughter. And I liked how they showed the transformation of Shane West's character. It was very believable. Of course, the ending won't leave you dried-eyed. It's sad, but we get to witness a sort-of "miracle" as the film puts it of how a wayward teen turns his life around. The music was great too.

FINAL VERDICT: I definitely recommend this. It isn't just some teen movie. The film has depth and the acting is much better than you would expect.

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