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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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What would you do with a letter that changed everything ? See more »

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Drama | Romance | War

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

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5 February 2010 (USA)  »

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Querido John  »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

£5,445,790 (UK) (14 May 2010)
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Trivia

This is the 5th film adapted from a Nicholas Sparks novel. It's also the first of two to be directed by Lasse Halström and the first of two to be released in the same year; The Last Song was released less than two months later. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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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Ballroom Ballad
Written by Brad Hatfield (as Bradley P. Hatfield)
Performed by Brad Hatfield
Courtesy of Heavy Hitters Music Group
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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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