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The Notebook (2004)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance | 25 June 2004 (USA)
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A poor yet passionate young man falls in love with a rich young woman, giving her a sense of freedom, but they are soon separated because of their social differences.

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Nick Cassavetes

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tim Ivey Tim Ivey ... Rower
Gena Rowlands ... Allie Calhoun
Starletta DuPois ... Nurse Esther
James Garner ... Duke
Anthony-Michael Q. Thomas Anthony-Michael Q. Thomas ... Nurse Keith
Ed Grady ... Harry
Renée Amber Renée Amber ... Nurse at Counter
Jennifer Echols ... Nurse Selma
Geoffrey Knight Geoffrey Knight ... Barker
Kevin Connolly ... Fin
Ryan Gosling ... Noah
Heather Wahlquist ... Sara Tuffington
Rachel McAdams ... Allie
Andrew Schaff Andrew Schaff ... Matthew Jamison III
Matt Shelly Matt Shelly ... Seabrook Boy
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In a nursing home, resident Duke reads a romance story to an old woman who has senile dementia with memory loss. In the late 1930s, wealthy seventeen year-old Allie Hamilton is spending summer vacation in Seabrook. Local worker Noah Calhoun meets Allie at a carnival and they soon fall in love with each other. One day, Noah brings Allie to an ancient house that he dreams of buying and restoring and they attempt to make love but get interrupted by their friend. Allie's parents do not approve of their romance since Noah belongs to another social class, and they move to New York with her. Noah writes 365 letters (A Year) to Allie, but her mother Anne Hamilton does not deliver them to her daughter. Three years later, the United States joins the World War II and Noah and his best friend Fin enlist in the army, and Allie works as an army nurse. She meets injured soldier Lon Hammond in the hospital. After the war, they meet each other again going on dates and then, Lon, who is wealthy and ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Behind every great love is a great story.

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 June 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Notebook See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$29,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,464,745, 27 June 2004, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$81,001,787

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$116,072,707
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Cullen Moss and Paul Johansson also both had supporting roles on the popular TV series, One Tree Hill. (JKV) See more »

Goofs

When Noah goes to mail his final letter to Allie, we can see sunlight shining through the envelope right before he puts it in the mailbox and there is obviously no letter in it. See more »

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[first lines]
Nurse Selma: Excuse me. Come on, honey, let's get you ready for bed
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The love scenes had to be toned down to avoid an R rating in the United States. The footage is featured on the DVD as deleted scenes. See more »

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Beautiful and Sensitive Romance
29 April 2014 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In a nursing home, the resident Duke (James Garner) reads a romance for an old woman (Gena Rowlands) that has senile dementia with memory losses. In the late 30's, the wealthy seventeen years-old Allie Hamilton (Rachel McAdams) is spending summer vacation in Seabrook. The local worker Noah Calhoun (Ryan Gosling) meets Allie at a carnival and they soon fall in love with each other. One day, Noah brings Allie to an ancient house that he dreams on buying and restoring and they make love. But Allie's parents do not approve their romance since Noah belongs to another social class and they travel to New York with her. Noah writes 365 letters to Allie, but her mother Anne Hamilton (Joan Allen) does not deliver them to her daughter.

Three years later, the United States joins the World War II and Noah and his best friend Fin (Kevin Connolly) enlist to the army and Allie works as a nurse of the army. She meets the injured soldier Lon Hammond (James Marsden) in the hospital. After the war, they meet each other and Lon, who is wealthy and handsome, proposes Allie. Meanwhile Noah buys and restores the old house and many people want to buy it. When Allie accidentally sees the photo of Noah and his house in a newspaper, she feels divided between her first love and her commitment with Lon. Meanwhile Duke stops reading to the old lady since his children are visiting him in the nursing home.

"The Notebook" is a beautiful and sensitive romance with a love story that is not shallow and makes you think of how fast time goes by. The screenplay and lines are wonderful and the director Nick Cassavetes succeeds in making a movie that makes you feel different emotions, from heartwarming to heartbreaking feelings. The magnificent cast is composed by top-notch actors and actress and the cinematography and location are superb. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Diário de Uma Paixão" ("Journal of a Passion")


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