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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gavin McCulley ...
Berry (as Jose Lucena)
Daniels (as William Howard)
Bryce Hayes ...


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) »


Love can transform us in ways we never could have imagined. See more »


Drama | Romance | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Box Office


$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


£5,445,790 (UK) (14 May 2010)

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Did You Know?


On its opening weekend in the United States, it went to number one, becoming the film to finally end the reign of James Cameron's Avatar (2009), which had sat at the top of the box office for seven consecutive weeks. See more »


John is in Hungary when he hears about 09/11 (as indicated by the signs on/near the coffee shop: Tigris Kavehaz, Muvesz...), and the TV news are in Serbian (even using Cyrillic - not Latin - script). See more »


Savannah Curtis: You don't scare me John.
John Tyree: Well you scare me.
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Referenced in Vild med dans: Vals og cha-cha-cha, del 2 (2011) See more »


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User Reviews

Great romantic movie!
25 May 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I watched the movie and I loved it! Than I read the reviews afterwords and I thought... oh, this was a great romantic movie and if the book is even better - I have to get the book! So I read the book and I have to say, that I liked the movie much more. I guess I would be the only one here to say this.. I admit, the relationship between John and his father is described in more details in the book and that makes it more touching, but I also understand that the movie cant be as descriptive as a book. And also I have to add, that I loved both Channing and Amanda in their roles, they acted great, no, they were Perfect! I was really surprised they got such bad reviews on their acting here... So I give it 10/10 and I made this one of the most romantic movies I have ever seen.

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