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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 Worker
Giulia Pagano ...
Pushy Bus Woman
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 USA:

$21,401,594, 17 February 2013, Wide Release

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


During the opening credits, the bus that Katie is on travels along the Blue Ridge parkway adjacent to Grandfather mountain. This scenic byway is actually closed to all commercial traffic, including, and especially passenger buses. 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 »


Alex: [on her husband] You can go to the police
Katie: He is the police, he's a detective from Boston that's how he's able to do this
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Heart's Content (String Mix)
Written by Brandi Carlile (as Brandi M. Carlisle), Phillip John Hanseroth and Tim Hanseroth (as Timothy Jay Hanseroth)
Performed by Brandi Carlile
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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good entertainment, but certainly a chick flick
18 February 2013 | by See all my reviews

I took my girlfriend to see this, mostly as she cant miss a love story film.... she wasn't disappointed with this. She loved every minute of it. As a male, I thought it was a bit wet, but still enjoyed it. Hough was an easy actress to watch, not only pretty, but accomplished at her art. This was seemingly written for her girlish look and persona. The scenery and cinematography were nothing short of amazing... Locations were perfect, id live there in a heartbeat.... Duhamal was frankly excellent in this role too, he played his part perfectly, and was the perfect choice for this film.

The script was given a twist, and I sat through most of the film not quiet sure what was going to happen next, it definitely kept me intrigued, although I found it a little slow at a few points, i still walked away liking the film as a whole.

Definitely worth going to see, certainly on the big screen, as the locations were amazing....

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