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The Notebook (2004)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  25 June 2004 (USA)
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A poor and passionate young man falls in love with a rich young woman and gives her a sense of freedom. They soon are separated by their social differences.



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Seabrook Boy


In a nursing home, resident Duke reads a romance story for an old woman who has senile dementia with memory loss. In the late 1930s, wealthy seventeen year-old Allie Hamilton is spending summer vacation in Seabrook. Local worker Noah Calhoun meets Allie at a carnival and they soon fall in love with each other. One day, Noah brings Allie to an ancient house that he dreams of buying and restoring and they attempt to make love but get interrupted by their friend. Allie's parents do not approve of their romance since Noah belongs to another social class, and they move to New York with her. Noah writes 365 letters (A Year) to Allie, but her mother Anne Hamilton does not deliver them to her daughter. Three years later, the United States joins the World War II and Noah and his best friend Fin enlist in the army, and Allie works as an army nurse. She meets injured soldier Lon Hammond in the hospital. After the war, they meet each other again going on dates and then, Lon, who is wealthy and ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Behind every great love is a great story.


Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

25 June 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Diario de una pasión  »

Box Office


$29,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£309,507 (UK) (25 June 2004)


$64,286 (USA) (31 October 2014)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Ryan Gosling built the kitchen table featured in the movie in preparation for his role as Noah. See more »


In one scene when Allie is talking to Noah, her arm below the sleeve seems to be see through, then after that scene her arm comes back. See more »


[first lines]
Nurse Selma: Excuse me. Come on, honey, let's get you ready for bed
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Referenced in Community: Physical Education (2010) See more »


I'll Be Seeing You
Music by Sammy Fain
Lyrics by Irving Kahal
Performed by Billie Holiday
Courtesy of The Verve Music Group
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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User Reviews

the notebook was a truly remarkable film
24 November 2004 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

In all honesty, my Dad paid me to go see the Notebook with my friends because he kept saying how magnificent it was. i went because it was free, and with no expectations. However, the Notebook drew me into the story from the beginning right up until the credits- and then kept me crying for quite some time after it had ended. I, along with almost every other person i have discussed the movie with, felt involved in the situations and the lives of the character- crying at the sad moments and feeling joy at the happy bits. in general, love stories are predictable and somewhat dull (in my opinion) yet this movie kept me guessing at the outcome, and delivered twists throughout the whole film.The Notebook was extremely well constructed and i would give it an eleven out of ten.

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