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Dear John (2010)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance, War | 5 February 2010 (USA)
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A romantic drama about a soldier who falls for a conservative college student while he's home on leave.

Director:

Lasse Hallström

Writers:

Jamie Linden (screenplay), Nicholas Sparks (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Channing Tatum ... John Tyree
Amanda Seyfried ... Savannah Curtis
Richard Jenkins ... Mr. Tyree
Henry Thomas ... Tim
D.J. Cotrona ... Noodles
Cullen Moss ... Rooster (Dan Rooney)
Gavin McCulley ... Starks
Jose Lucena Jr. Jose Lucena Jr. ... Berry (as Jose Lucena)
Keith D. Robinson ... Captain Stone (as Keith Robinson)
Scott Porter ... Randy
Leslea Fisher ... Susan
William Howard ... Daniels
David Andrews ... Mr. Curtis
Mary Rachel Quinn ... Mrs. Curtis (as Mary Rachel Dudley)
Bryce Hayes Bryce Hayes ... Yellow Shirt
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Storyline

South Carolina US Army Special operations soldier John is on summer leave from his German base, visiting his widowed father. Being gallant on the pier, he befriends college student Savannah, a college student, and her buddies, a terminal father and his angelic son. John falls in love with Savannah, who diagnoses his beloved, gentle but weird father as mildly autistic. He plans not to sign up again, but 9/11 changes that, and she won't wait idly while their friends desperately need help. Written by KGF Vissers

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Love can transform us in ways we never could have imagined. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance | War

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

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The screenplay for this film was featured in the 2007 Blacklist, a list of the "most liked" unmade scripts of the year. See more »

Goofs

The postman places John's letters to Savannah in the P.O.Box from the front. The front of these boxes has a combination lock that is meant for the box-holder to use. Mail is placed in these boxes from the open backs of the boxes. See more »

Quotes

John Tyree: You're starting to make me a little nervous.
Savannah Curtis: Why am I starting to make you nervous?
John Tyree: Because I'm starting to think you might be too good of a person for me.
Savannah Curtis: Oh. No, I'm not that good of a person.
John Tyree: You're sneaking off every day to do manual labor on a house for charity. On your spring break.
Savannah Curtis: Yeah, you're right. It's selfish, really, me being this generous.
John Tyree: But no, seriously. You don't drink, you don't smoke.
Savannah Curtis: Nope. Nope.
John Tyree: You probably don't sleep around.
Savannah Curtis: Absolutely not.
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Connections

Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.23 (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Let Her Gift Be Me
Written by Gaye Tolan Hatfield and Jeff Meegan (as Jeffrey S. Meegan)
Performed by Gaye Tolan Hatfield
Courtesy of Heavy Hitters Music Group
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Don't read the book if you want to see and/or like this movie...
6 February 2010 | by hanin84See all my reviews

I'll try to make this short and sweet, like the two weeks the two characters spent together before all hell broke loose:

If you read the book, lower your expectations. If you haven't read the book,...well, you can raise your expectations just a bit higher.

I was one of those girls who squealed every time they saw a TV spot, or watched the trailer on YouTube a million times. I bawled my eyes out when I read the book- both times I read it. Last night, I went to see the movie knowing full well that it wasn't going to live up to the book. Unfortunately, I was right.

What made 'Dear John' different from all the other love stories we've read and seen was taken away in the movie. I don't know how I would have understood what was going on in the movie if I hadn't read the book. Scenes were rushed (especially the two weeks where the two main characters fall in love), and characters weren't well developed at all. Heck, one of the main characters barely resembles (both appearance- and personality-wise) the character in the book. *cough*Savannah Lynn Curtis*cough*.

That said, there were a couple of scenes where the dialogue was sweet and funny. I also enjoyed the music, but that may be because I'm a huge fan of acoustic. Also, the scenery was absolutely beautiful. Not to mention Channing Tatum's body (pretty much the only thing worth my money).

As far as acting goes, Channing Tatum was the stronger one in this film. While I'm still personally neutral about my opinion on Amanda Seyfried, I found she's done better. She may be better off with comedy or musicals. And Richard Jenkins was lovable, as always.

If you've read the book, don't expect anything similar to it. I can't point out a single scene that even resembled that of the book. Part II of the book, especially, was almost non-existent. You will definitely be able to pick out the noticeable differences between the book and the film. Hopefully, you won't be TOO disappointed.

But like I said, you're more likely to enjoy the film if you haven't read the book.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 February 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Oak Island, North Carolina, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$30,468,614, 7 February 2010

Gross USA:

$80,014,842

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$114,984,666
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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