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The Best of Me (2014)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance | 17 October 2014 (USA)
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A pair of former high school sweethearts reunite after many years when they return to visit their small hometown.

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Michael Hoffman

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Nicholas Sparks (novel), Will Fetters (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michelle Monaghan ... Amanda
James Marsden ... Dawson
Luke Bracey ... Younger Dawson
Liana Liberato ... Young Amanda
Gerald McRaney ... Tuck
Caroline Goodall ... Evelyn
Clarke Peters ... Morgan Dupree
Sebastian Arcelus ... Frank
Jon Tenney ... Harvey Collier
Sean Bridgers ... Tommy Cole
Rob Mello ... Ted Cole (as Robert William Mello)
Hunter Burke ... Abee
Robby Rasmussen ... Bobby / Aaron
Caroline Hebert ... Young April
Ian Nelson ... Jared
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Storyline

Amanda and Dawson are soul mates who met as teens and were from different backgrounds. But circumstances would force them to part ways. 20 years later they are brought back together by the passing of a mutual friend. So they go back home to fulfill his final wishes and they run into each other. While Amanda is married, albeit unhappily, she still has feelings for Dawson but can't forgive him for pushing her away. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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Taglines:

You never forget your first love.

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexuality, violence, some drug content and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 October 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lo mejor de mí See more »

Filming Locations:

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$26,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,003,827, 17 October 2014, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$26,761,283, 9 January 2015
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Paul Walker was cast in the lead role but after he passed away, the role was given to James Marsden. See more »

Goofs

when Dawson and Amanda are pushing April's car, Dawson opens the engine compartment. Amanda's friends drive up and the driver of the car says, April come on but he should have said Amanda come on. See more »

Quotes

Dawson: I love who I am when I'm with you, Amanda.
Dawson: You are my dearest friend, my deepest love.
Dawson: You are the very best of me.
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Soundtracks

Jesus on the Mainline
Arranged by Jay Weigel
Performed by Allstar Quartet+1
Courtesy of Music of Melpomene
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Best get your tissues ready for any showing, very sad but lovely story, beautiful scenery, too
29 October 2014 | by inkblot11See all my reviews

Dawson Cole (James Marsden, older and Luke Bracey, younger) works on an offshore oil rig. His performance as a rough neck is well respected. Unhappily, the rig catches fire one day and blows, but Dawson manages to rescue two men before he plunges over 100 feet into the ocean. Miraculously, he is alive, perhaps saved by a vision of a girl he knew long ago. That would be Amanda (Michelle Monaghan, older, Liana Liberato, younger). Shortly after, Dawson goes back home, having received notice that a dear surrogate father, Tuck (Gerald McRaney) has died. Amanda is there, too. At once, the film goes back to their senior-in-high-school days. Amanda was the pretty little rich girl. Unluckily, Dawson was the son of an abusive backwoods drug dealer. They met by accident, where Dawson was too stymied even to talk to this gal. But, slowly, a relationship developed. After another beating, Dawson ran away from home and stayed with the crusty widower Tuck, which enabled him to see more of Amanda. Love was strong and true between them. Yet, her dad disapproved and a crisis tore them apart. Now, 20 years later, they meet. Alas, Amanda is married with a husband, teen son, and memories of a daughter who died. But, will these two be able to resist the immense feelings of love that come rushing back? This beautiful movie should have romance fans crying oceans and sighing deeply. Forget the critics, they absolutely DO NOT KNOW HOW to review a female oriented movie any more. The cast is wonderful, the Louisiana setting is gorgeous, the costumes lovely, the script touching and the direction slow but analytic. Yes, this viewer didn't care for the ending, in which an added element was not needed to enhance the strength of the tale. But, all in all, fans best carry along a couple boxes of tissues, as this heartfelt flick will have tears falling like rain for all.


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