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Nights in Rodanthe (2008)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  26 September 2008 (USA)
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A doctor who is traveling to see his estranged son sparks with an unhappily married woman at a North Carolina inn.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Linda Molloy ...
Amanda Willis
Old Gus
Jean's Lover
Terri Denise Johnson ...
Medical Resident
Jessica Lucas ...
Admiring Nurse


Adrienne Willis, a woman with her life in chaos, retreats to the tiny coastal town of Rodanthe, in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, to tend to a friend's inn for the weekend. Here she hopes to find the tranquility she so desperately needs to rethink the conflicts surrounding her -- a wayward husband who has asked to come home, and a teen-aged daughter who resents her every decision. Almost as soon as Adrienne gets to Rodanthe, a major storm is forecast and a guest named Dr. Paul Flanner arrive. The only guest at the inn, Flanner is not on a weekend escape but rather is there to face his own crisis of conscience. Now, with the storm closing in, the two turn to each other for comfort and, in one magical weekend, set in motion a life-changing romance that will resonate throughout the rest of their lives. Written by Drew ToLoweJarrBar

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It's never too late for a second chance


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

26 September 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Noche de tormenta  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$13,418,454 (USA) (26 September 2008)


$41,840,908 (USA) (9 January 2009)

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Did You Know?


The house in which the movie is set is a vacation rental property, not a bed & breakfast, and is named "Serendipity". See more »


The wild horses do not exist where the movie takes place. They are actually about 60 miles north near Corolla. They would have to swim across a wide inlet to get to Rodanthe from Corolla. Another herd of these wild horses is on Ocracoke Island, about 35 miles south, but are penned in for their protection. Another herd of these wild horses are located on the Cape Lookout National Seashore, and freely roam between Cape Lookout, Shackleford Banks, and Carrot Island, near Beaufort, NC. See more »


Dr. Paul Flanner: What keeps you safe?
Adrienne Willis: Well, you fall in love with someone, you know... and you make a family... and you become what you think you're supposed to be. And you change and you give up certain things. Then they look at what you've got left and you wish you... I don't know, you just think maybe you shouldn't have.
Dr. Paul Flanner: Don't.
Dr. Paul Flanner: Just don't do it anymore.
Adrienne Willis: ...Huh.
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Featured in At the Movies: Episode #5.38 (2008) See more »


Moten Swing
Written by Bernie Moten and Ira Moten
Performed by Count Basie
Courtesy of EMI Records Ltd.
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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All the parts but not sum of the whole
3 February 2009 | by (the big screen) – See all my reviews

I personally think this is the most difficult genre to pull off - romance has to create some magical reality, and some plausibility: we have to believe it could , would happen to them and to us.

Nights partially succeeds in creating some atmosphere and some nice scenes but fails to ignite into magical.

Instead what we get is just too rushed and uses too many clichés - every scene feels like it came from somewhere else - and the sparks are somehow not fireworks but squibs.

It cannot decide whether to be gentle and meditative and mature, or to be unabashedly full-on.

All in all it will be a box office winner given the stars and the lack of other material of its kind - but really this is no classic.

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