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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

Writers:

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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Details

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

During the opening credits, the bus that Katie is on travels along the Blue Ridge parkway adjacent to Grandfather mountain. This scenic byway is actually closed to all commercial traffic, including, and especially passenger buses. See more »

Goofs

When Katie arrives in Southport, the bus number is 199. You will see this when she turns to see the bus is leaving. It is also shown on the top right at the back of the bus as it pulls away from the gas station. When Gavin reviews the security footage and believes he recognizes her, the bus number is listed as 1994. See more »

Quotes

Jo: To the woman my husband loves. If you're reading this, then it must be true, he loves you without a shadow of a doubt or else he wouldn't have given this to you. I can only hope that you feel the same way about him that he does about you. I wanted to write this letter because I wanted you to know one very important thing; I'm so glad he's found you. I only wish I could be there some how to met you, and maybe in some ways I am. Outside of my husband and my two beautiful children, you are the ...
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

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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A real surprise and touching ending to this romantic thriller
25 April 2013 | by JohnRayPetersonSee all my reviews

Director Lasse Hallström pulls off a surprise ending to this otherwise seemingly ordinary romantic thriller; in doing so, he redeemed what would otherwise have been a movie not worth a mention. Sure, the movie is sweet for the most part and the dramatic moments are nothing to brag about, but Hallström has been hiding the real love story all along; when it's revealed in the last scenes, we ask ourselves, how could I have not seen this and then you melt. But you do have to stick it out to the end. I don't wish to spill the beans so I'll keep mum about it. I understand some viewers are not going to be interested in the movie because of the cast, but the director's following is not without merit; after all he delivered Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, Chocolat and Cider House Rules, and it's his uncanny ability to tell a story like no others is what made me want to watch the movie.


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