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Safe Haven (2013)

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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
Juan Piedrahita ...
Jr. Detective Ramirez (as Juan Carlos Piedrahita)
Robin Mullins ...
Bus Boy
Tora Hallström ...
Ivan's Waitress
Wendy Wilmot ...


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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Box Office


$28,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the novel, Alex's daughter is named Kristen while her name is Lexie in the film. See more »


Katie calls and leaves a message on her neighbor's answering machine while at work at Ivan's on a Monday (according to the answering machine). When Kevin calls Ivan's and listens to the recording, it states that Ivan's is open Tuesday to Sunday, meaning it is closed on Monday. 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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Featured in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #21.87 (2013) See more »


Glory, Hallelujah
Written by Ryan T. Boldt (as Ryan Boldt)
Performed by The Deep Dark Woods
Courtesy of Black Hen Music
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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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OK so I figured out who Jo was right before it was revealed..... franbee57
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