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Safe Haven (I) (2013)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, Romance, Thriller  |  14 February 2013 (USA)
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A young woman with a mysterious past lands in Southport, North Carolina where her bond with a widower forces her to confront the dark secret that haunts her.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jon Kohler ...
Bus Station Clerk
Bus Station Worker
Giulia Pagano ...
Pushy Bus Woman
Jr. Detective Ramirez (as Juan Carlos Piedrahita)
Bus Boy
Tora Hallstrom ...
Ivan's Waitress


When a mysterious young woman named Katie appears in the small North Carolina town of Southport, her sudden arrival raises questions about her past. Beautiful yet self-effacing, Katie seems determined to avoid forming personal ties until a series of events draws her into two reluctant relationships: one with Alex, a widowed store owner with a kind heart and two young children; and another with her plainspoken single neighbor, Jo. Despite her reservations, Katie slowly begins to let down her guard, putting down roots in the close-knit community and becoming increasingly attached to Alex and his family. But even as Katie begins to fall in love, she struggles with the dark secret that still haunts and terrifies her . . . a past that set her on a fearful, shattering journey across the country, to the sheltered oasis of Southport. With Jo's empathic and stubborn support, Katie eventually realizes that she must choose between a life of transient safety and one of riskier rewards . . . and ... Written by Nicholas Sparks

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Rated PG-13 for thematic material involving threatening behavior, and for violence and sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

14 February 2013 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Un lugar donde refugiarse  »

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$28,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$21,401,594 (USA) (15 February 2013)


$71,346,930 (USA) (24 May 2013)

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Lead star Josh invited some local Southport NC Staff from a restaurant to go sailing with him during filming. See more »


After Katie and Alex get caught in the rain storm and go into the restaurant, Katie's face is instantly dry and her makeup hasn't been affected at all. Her hair appears to be freshly combed as well and looks dramatically different from when they first walked in the door. See more »


Katie: At least i know when it's time to leave
Jo: You know your right Katie, but some of us don't have that choice
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Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #21.201 (2013) See more »


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Written by Gareth Dunlop
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User Reviews

the ending will blow your mind...good movie but not that well romantic thanks to Lasse Hallström
14 February 2013 | by See all my reviews

if you are looking for a love movie then you had made the right choice this movie is a simple story yet good story lining not as well as your expectations but you will love it. if your hoping for a second notebook you have to know its not that good...

okay maybe Julianne Hough is not the right actress to be in this role but she did her best and you may like her innocence in her role but i didn't like her so much...

Directed by Lasse Hallström, the movie will teach us that in the darkest hour, love is the only light that shines there in… the dark…or something like that. An affirming and suspenseful story about a young woman's struggle to love again description will work out just fine...

i don't want to talk so much about the movie go watch it what are you waiting for and maybe you will use some tissues so go for it and have a good time...

its my first review and I'm not good as well in English hope it helps tank you for reading...

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