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Safe Haven (2013)

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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

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 ... 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 yet 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 slowly 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 secret that still haunts and terrifies her . . . a past that set her on a fearful, shattering journey across the country, to the sheltered oasis of Southport. With Jo's empathic and stubborn support, Katie eventually realizes that she must choose between a life of transient safety and one of riskier rewards . . . and ... Written by Nicholas Sparks

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Official Sites:

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, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$71,349,120

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$97,594,140
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Sound Mix:

Datasat | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

While the detective is photoshopping Katies picture another police officer asks him about the Lumpkin case. One of the producers of the film is D. Scott Lumpkin. See more »

Goofs

Near the beginning of the film, an aerial view of the bus taking Katie to Atlanta is shown traveling on the Linn Cove viaduct in western North Carolina. The Linn Cove viaduct is part of the National Park Service's Blue Ridge Parkway and is closed to commercial vehicles including buses. See more »

Quotes

Alex: Did you forget something?
Lexie: You forgot your bike!
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Connections

Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #21.201 (2013) See more »

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Moonshine
Written by Sara Haze, Nathan Chapman and Jason Reeves
Performed by Sara Haze
Courtesy of Pain in the Art Records
By arrangement with Universal Music Publishing
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Sleeping With The Enema.......
5 March 2013 | by jamesbourke59See all my reviews

So it goes like this, my wife suggested the other day that we might go see a movie of a mutual choice, currently playing in the local cinema is Mama(my kind of movie) Being a fan of Nicholas Sparks's previous adaptations, particularly The Notebook & Nights In Rodanthe, the mutual nature of choosing together went completely out the window as I thought to myself, lets do the date movie thing.

Now apart from the Nicholas Sparks reference I knew nothing about the movie, and granted I prefer to watch horror movies, whodunnits, as I have done all the live long day, I have as I've gotten older broaden my scope when it comes to big screen entertainment.

However there comes a time in a married man's life when you gotta say, whoa nellie! what on earth am I watching here.

Now if ever a movie deserved spoilers to dissuade fellow patrons from parting with their hard earned cash, then this be the movie to spill the beans with, that being said, we should all judge for ourselves and be adult about it.

When my wife put forth the movie as said date movie, I kept calling it No Safe Haven(my mind was thinking about an old Wings Hauser movie) and I nearly asked for two ticket for that movie. As the movie began to unfold, my mind drifted toward the old Patrick Bergin/Julia Roberts rib tickler Sleeping With The Enemy.

Now I said no spoilers, and I will stay true to my promise, but sleeping with the enemy is all I will say, and truthfully that's all that permeated through my mind as the movie played. About half an hour into the movie I begged my wife to set me free, but she gripped my arm with a vice like grip and made me sit with her.

Many thoughts ran through my mind, Josh Duhamel you are better than this. Lasse Halstrom do you ever remember directing My Life As A Dog, good god man you don't need the money that badly and lastly Mr Nicholas Sparks, how dare you! In recent times you have systematically resurrected the romantic drama from it's slumber but with this glossy piece of dreck you are trying to pull the wool over the cinema patron's eye.

Something told me that we were not going to be in the same territory as his previous screen adaptations, and I said as much to the wife, when I exclaimed to her 'Something tells me my love, you are not going to shed a tear at this one' but hey what do I know, I'm a guy(as the character in Say Anything said, the world is full of guys, be a man) well I'm man enough to say, this was not the movie for me, and if you check out what I've reviewed in the past, you might well agree.

That being said, you've been warned, No Safe Haven.....sorry Sleeping With The Enema is instantly forgettable. Even My wife agreed with me and that's not an easy thing for her to do.


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