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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:
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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) »


Love can transform us in ways we never could have imagined. 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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The screenplay for this film was featured in the 2007 Blacklist; a list of the "most liked" unmade scripts of the year. See more »


The watch John wore in the movie (Suunto X9i) is very popular in the military for it's GPS capabilities. The first time John can be seen wearing this watch is in scenes from 2001, however this product was not produced until late 2006. 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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Featured in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #18.50 (2010) See more »


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Performed by Ozomatli
Courtesy of Concord Music Group, Inc.
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Touching and wonderfully filmed with some believable acting
3 September 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I have to admit I wasn't expecting to like this film. I don't hate this type of film, but I had heard mixed feelings on Dear John, there were those who said it was touching and others who said it was too clichéd. Well after been blown away by The Notebook(book and movie), I saw Dear John. After seeing it, I don't think it is as good as The Notebook, but it was surprisingly good in my opinion. The characters are clichéd, and the beginning was a tad too fluffy for my liking, while there are some pacing issues. But while the book is better, having more depth and emotional punch, I was surprised at how touching Dear John actually was. The story is nice and believable enough, and there is some decent scripting. The direction is good too, while the cinematography and scenery are breathtaking and the score beautiful. Channing Tatum(my sister kept raving at how hot he was) and Amanda Seyfried are great and are believable together, while Richard Jenkins is heart breaking as Tatum's autistic father(I immediately sympathised with him as I have real problems with communicating with people and feeling comfortable around people and places I am not familiar with). I also liked the ending, it was ambiguous but also clever and subtle, and I think an improvement over the ending of the book(the book's only weak link). In conclusion, touching and well made, definitely worth a peek. 7/10 Bethany Cox

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