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Dear John (I) (2010)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, Romance, War  |  5 February 2010 (USA)
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A romantic drama about a soldier who falls for a conservative college student while he's home on leave.



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South Carolina US Army Special operations soldier John is on summer leave from his German base, visiting his widowed father. Being gallant on the pier, he befriends college student Savannah, a college student, and her buddies, a terminal father and his angelic son. John falls in love with Savannah, who diagnoses his beloved, gentle but weird father as mildly autistic. He plans not to sign up again, but 9/11 changes that, and she won't wait idly while their friends desperately need help. Written by KGF Vissers

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Plot Keywords:

leave | love | college | army | u.s. army | See All (53) »


Is Duty enough reason to live a lie ? See more »


Drama | Romance | War

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

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Release Date:

5 February 2010 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Querido John  »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$30,468,614 (USA) (5 February 2010)


£5,445,790 (UK) (14 May 2010)

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After his father's funeral, when John is at Savannah's house and he's listening to her talking on the phone, his rank is upside down on his shoulders. A soldier would never put them on his uniform incorrectly. Later they are on his uniform the correct way. See more »


Savannah Curtis: The problem with time, I've learned, whether it's those first two weeks I got to spend with you, or the final two months I got to spend with him, eventually time always runs out. I have no idea where you are out there in the world, John. But I understand that I lost the right to know these things long ago. No matter how many years go by, I know one thing to be as true as ever was - I'll see you soon then.
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A True Pearl.
30 January 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw "Dear John" at a special screening and I wasn't expecting much. I thought it was going to be a decent romance film. I hoped this movie came halfway as good as "The Notebook". My very low expectations of this film were pretty cynical. But I said Hey, what could happen? And when the movie finished, I was fulfilled. I didn't think it was going to be one of the best romance movies ever and it definitely wasn't. This movie is definitely for couples. The girls will like it cause they can connect with it.I recommend for everyone to see this film. It is touching, okay acting, and it does stick to the book. This film doesn't come close to the "Notebook", but people will like it no matter what. So if you want to buy a sad, romantic film. Then I'd recommend this film.

7/10 A Pearl

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