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Dear John (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.



(screenplay), (novel)
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4 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


What would you do with a letter that changed everything ? 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)


$80,014,842 (USA) (23 April 2010)

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Did You Know?


"Dear John" is military slang for a letter from a girlfriend breaking up with a soldier. See more »


When John is sitting behind Savannah on the beach and says, "I know that," hair is blowing in Savannah's face; the camera cuts to him pulling her close and the hair is back in place. See more »


Savannah Curtis: The saddest people I've ever met in life are the ones who don't care deeply about anything at all.
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Referenced in Half in the Bag: The 2016 Oscars (2016) See more »


Things & Time
Written by Winston 'Pipe' Matthews (as Winston Matthews)
Performed by Wailing Souls
Courtesy of VP Music Group, Inc.
By Arrangement with Zync Music Group, LLC
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Horrible Movie
2 July 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is by far one of the worst movies I have ever seen. Not because of the actors but the plot. You have a decent young man who joined the military and turned his life around. He decided to continue to serve after 9/11 even though he really didn't want to do it. Also, it was a stretch to believe that he didn't know that there was a problem with his father.

You have a extremely selfish woman who decides that she can't deal being alone and marries someone who needs someone to looks after his kid when he dies. How pathetic. I noticed some people liked the book this was adapted from. Get a life, if the book was the same then I feel sorry for you.

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How could they not catch this???? dpiddycanfly
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Airport full of people after 9/11? ljm00
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