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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?


Keira Knightley were offered the role of Katie. Knightley chose to star in Begin Again (2013) instead. See more »


When Tierney talks to the bus station clerk about where you can go from Atlanta, a blonde woman walks to the left of them, in the next shot she walks the same way again as if she has never walked by them before. See more »


Alex: Do you like canoeing?
Store Customer: I like canoeing.
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Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #21.201 (2013) See more »


My Baby's Got to Pay the Rent
Written by Ryan T. Boldt (as Ryan Boldt)
Performed by The Deep Dark Woods
The Deep Dark Woods appears courtesy of Sugar Hill Records, a Welk Music Group Company
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A Romance that does not feel very romantic
18 January 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I was underwhelmed by Safe Haven, mostly because I cared little about the characters for most of the film--except for the little girl, Lexie, who was the high point of the film.

I was going to rate it a 6 until the bogus ending, for which I am deducting 2 points.

The acting, overall, is okay. Still it is not convincing. The story is, I think, the film's weakness. Besides the fact it did not endear the characters to me, I felt that the actions of the characters were not true to life, making their personality traits contradictory. Also, I feel the story development was too slow.

Finally, the beginning of the film and the end of the film feel like they were slapped together from two different movies. For a better first part, see almost any romantic drama. For a better second half, see Cape Fear starring Robert Mitchum.

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