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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Lasse Hallström

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Dana Stevens (screenplay), Gage Lansky (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Julianne Hough ... Katie
Irene Ziegler ... Mrs. Feldman
Jon Kohler ... Bus Station Clerk
Tim Parati ... Bus Station Worker
David Lyons ... Tierney
Josh Duhamel ... Alex
Giulia Pagano Giulia Pagano ... Pushy Bus Woman
Juan Piedrahita Juan Piedrahita ... Jr. Detective Ramirez (as Juan Carlos Piedrahita)
Red West ... Roger
Noah Lomax ... Josh
Mimi Kirkland ... Lexie
Robin Mullins Robin Mullins ... Maddie
Jasper Grey ... Bus Boy
Tora Hallström Tora Hallström ... Ivan's Waitress
Wendy Wilmot Wendy Wilmot ... Realtor
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Storyline

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, 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 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, haunting, terrifying secret that set her on a shattering journey across the country to the sheltered oasis of Southport. With Jo's empathetic, stubborn support, Katie eventually realizes that she must choose between a life of transient safety and one of riskier rewards . . . and that in the darkest hour, love is the only true ... Written by Nicholas Sparks

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Rated PG-13 for thematic material involving threatening behavior, and for violence and sexuality | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Keira Knightley was offered the role of Katie, but she chose to star in Begin Again (2013) instead. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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Alex: You know, normally when someone does something nice, you just say 'Thank you.'
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Summer Child
Written by Dar Williams and Rob Hyman (as Robert Hyman)
Performed by Dar Williams
Courtesy of Razor & Tie Direct, LLC
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good entertainment, but certainly a chick flick
18 February 2013 | by portseaSee 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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Official site [Japan]

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Portuguese

Release Date:

14 February 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Safe Haven See more »

Filming Locations:

Southport, North Carolina, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$28,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$21,401,594, 17 February 2013

Gross USA:

$71,349,120

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$97,594,140
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2.35 : 1
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