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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?


The "after 7 years Allie and Noah" scenes were shot first and then the crew/cast went on a Christmas break. Ryan Gosling had to lose the beard and 20lbs he'd had as the older Noah and come back to play the young Noah. Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling were rather shy and unsure around each other in the "after 7 years" scenes but were more comfortable together in the young Allie and Noah scenes. See more »


When Allie and Noah are in the boat (just before it starts to rain), Allie's fringe/bangs are curled up tightly. A few moments later (when it begins to rain), Allie's fringe/bangs are perfectly straight. This could not have happened so quickly. See more »


[first lines]
Nurse Selma: Excuse me. Come on, honey, let's get you ready for bed
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References The Rockford Files (1974) See more »


I'll Be Seeing You
Music by Sammy Fain
Lyrics by Irving Kahal
Performed by Jimmy Durante
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc.
By Arrangement with Warner Strategic Marketing
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User Reviews

I have not been so moved by a movie before!
12 February 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I am a big fan of love stories. Lately, the film industry has been lacking the sort of element that I love to see in a movie. The last movie I saw that made me cry as much as "The Notebook" did was "Ghost" with Demi Moore. The casting of Allie and Noah in the movie was exceptional and made the feelings and emotions seem real. After watching the movie in the theater, I noticed every person, including the men, cry as they left the theater. Now when was the last time you saw anything like that?? I bought the movie on DVD the day it came out and have been watching it everday since that day!! I would highly recommend this movie to both males and females.

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