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A Walk to Remember (2002)

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The story of two North Carolina teens, Landon Carter and Jamie Sullivan, who are thrown together after Landon gets into trouble and is made to do community service.

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Adam Shankman

Writers:

Nicholas Sparks (novel), Karen Janszen (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Shane West ... Landon Carter
Mandy Moore ... Jamie Sullivan
Peter Coyote ... Reverend Sullivan
Daryl Hannah ... Cynthia Carter
Lauren German ... Belinda
Clayne Crawford ... Dean
Al Thompson ... Eric
Paz de la Huerta ... Tracie (as Paz De La Huerta)
Jonathan Parks Jordan ... Walker
Matt Lutz ... Clay Gephardt
David Andrews ... Mr. Kelly
David Lee Smith ... Dr. Carter
Xavier Hernandez Xavier Hernandez ... Luis
Marisa Miller ... Ms. Garber
Paula Jones Paula Jones ... Sally
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Storyline

In North Carolina especially in Beaufort a prank on a guy goes wrong and puts the student in the clinic. Carter, a famous student with no plans for the future, is held responsible and forced to join in after-school community service activities as consequence, which include starring as the lead in the play. And participating in these activities is Jamie Sullivan, the reverend's daughter who has great ambitions and nothing in common with Landon. When Landon decides he wants to take his activities seriously, he asks Jamie for help and begins to spend most of his time with her. But he starts to like her, that he did not expect to do. They relationship, much to the chagrin of Landon's old popular friends and Jamie's strict reverend father. But when a heart-breaking secret becomes known that puts their relationship to the test, it is then that Landon and Jamie realize the true meaning of love and fate. Written by Pjshipman

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

There's more to attraction than meets the eye. (UK) See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements, language and some sensual material | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 January 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Un amor para recordar See more »

Filming Locations:

Atkinson, North Carolina, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,177,488, 27 January 2002, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$41,227,069, 28 April 2002
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Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The movie was shot in North Carolina; many of the sets were from the TV show Dawson's Creek (1998), particularly the school, the hospital and Landon's home. See more »

Goofs

When Landon and his mother are sitting outside discussing what Landon's goals are, Landon's mother has her back facing the camera and her voice does not match the actual scene. See more »

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A personal opinion
19 April 2008 | by JohnySee all my reviews

Let's get this straight:

It's not an artistically excellent movie. It is not a movie with performances that are going to constitute landmarks in the acting profession. It is not a movie with high-end special effects, storming action or astounding scenery. It is not a story that copes with the deepest causes of adolescent misbehavior / frustration / desperation in the sense of a purely sociological cinematography. It can be characterised light (although it includes sadness as a feeling) and shallow (because in its limited duration the director does not have the convenience of "looking" deeper into the characters and - at the same time - include an extensive plot which must be given in order to see a considerable change in Landon's personality)

I could go on giving cons about this film but I am sure you can find many in previously posted negative reviews - and many of these reviews, more or less, hit some quite substantial spots about the film. BUT...

I gave it 10 out of 10 for a single simple reason: whatever its flaws, it made me cry unashamedly and that's something that not a lot of movies can claim, in all honesty. And despite the sadness it inevitably brings (which is not necessarily bad) it also brings innocence, sweetness, optimism - yes, that too - and faith in life and love and the ability of every single person for change, the ability - and the obligation - to become better. It is a movie-edition of an adorable book, and as always, it cannot be better than the book. However, in its own scope it brings out the message quite clearly, quite beautifully, and quite optimistically. It is a film that I have watched repeatedly and will continue to watch with joy. And melancholy.


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