A doctor, who is travelling to see his estranged son, sparks with an unhappily married woman at a North Carolina inn.

Director:

George C. Wolfe

Writers:

Ann Peacock (screenplay), John Romano (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Gere ... Paul
Diane Lane ... Adrienne
Christopher Meloni ... Jack
Viola Davis ... Jean
Becky Ann Baker ... Dot
Scott Glenn ... Robert Torrelson
Linda Molloy Linda Molloy ... Jill Torrelson
Pablo Schreiber ... Charlie Torrelson
Mae Whitman ... Amanda Willis
Charlie Tahan ... Danny Willis
Carolyn McCormick ... Jenny
Ted Manson ... Old Gus
Ato Essandoh ... Jean's Lover
Terri Denise Johnson Terri Denise Johnson ... Medical Resident
Jessica Lucas Jessica Lucas ... Admiring Nurse
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Storyline

Adrienne Willis, a woman with her life in chaos, retreats to the tiny coastal town of Rodanthe, in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, to tend to a friend's inn for the weekend. Here she hopes to find the tranquility she so desperately needs to rethink the conflicts surrounding her -- a wayward husband who has asked to come home, and a teen-aged daughter who resents her every decision. Almost as soon as Adrienne gets to Rodanthe, a major storm is forecast and a guest named Dr. Paul Flanner arrive. The only guest at the inn, Flanner is not on a weekend escape but rather is there to face his own crisis of conscience. Now, with the storm closing in, the two turn to each other for comfort and, in one magical weekend, set in motion a life-changing romance that will resonate throughout the rest of their lives... Written by Drew ToLoweJarrBar

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It's never too late for a second chance

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Drama | Romance

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

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By January 2010, shoreline erosion had left the Serendipity house completely in the surf. New owners hired one of the companies that moved the Cape Hatteras lighthouse to move Serendipity to a somewhat less spectacular, but somewhat safer nearby lot in Rodanthe. Only the house's exterior appears in the film - the interiors existed only in a studio. The owners reportedly plan to remodel the house, re-creating the studio interiors, to enhance its value as a vacation rental. See more »

Goofs

Before the hurricane made landfall, Adrienne said that the US Coast guard issued a hurricane warning for their area of the North Carolina coast. The US Coast guard cannot issue weather related warnings. It would have been the National Hurricane center that issued the warning. See more »

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Adrienne Willis: I know you've only ever known your father and me. And I love Jack, because he is your father. But there's another kind of love, Amanda. One that gives you the courage to be better than you are, not less than you are. One that makes you feel that anything is possible. I want you to know that you could have that. I want you to hold out for it.
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Referenced in Big Mouth: My Furry Valentine (2019) See more »

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Bach Goldberg Variation A 2 Clav.
Written by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performed by Glenn Gould
Courtesy of Sony BMG Masterworks
By Arrangement with Sony BMG Music Entertainment
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Not entirely successful but not a bomb
29 September 2008 | by preppy-3See all my reviews

Dr. Paul Flanner (Richard Gere), a successful surgeon, has his wife leave him, his son (an uncredited James Franco) not respect him and looses a patient he's operating on. Adrienne Willis (Diane Lane) has two children and discovers her husband has cheated on her. They both need to get away. She watches over a beautiful oceanside inn in Rodanthe at the same time he books a room. They're all alone together. You can pretty much figure out the rest.

This is what's known as a weepie or a woman's film. It's beautifully shot with a romantic setting and lots of quiet scenes. There's tragedy, romance, more tragedy and an uplifting ending (sort of). The great acting by Gere and Lane helps disguise the fact that this film isn't really about much. Every single bit of the plot is predictable. I rolled my eyes a lot at some of the events. Also it's far too short--I didn't believe the romance between Gere and Lane for a second. If comes out of nowhere and moves VERY quickly. Still the movie does work. The inn itself is absolutely gorgeous and I was in tears by the end along with most of the audience. So it's a predictable but gorgeous movie with some wonderful acting. It doesn't deserve all the criticism it's getting. I give it a 7.


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Release Date:

26 September 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Nights in Rodanthe See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,418,454, 28 September 2008

Gross USA:

$41,850,659

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$84,375,346
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