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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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Amanda
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Dawson
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Younger Dawson
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Young Amanda
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Tuck
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Evelyn
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Morgan Dupree
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Frank
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Harvey Collier
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Tommy Cole
Rob Mello ...
Ted Cole (as Robert William Mello)
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Abee
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Bobby / Aaron
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Young April
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Jared
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April
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Jack
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Uncle
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Guard
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Brandi
Donna Duplantier ...
Dr. Charbaneau
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Dr. Pundt
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Lawyer
Kesha Bullard ...
Leonie (as Kesha Bullard Lewis)
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Clara (as Julia LaShae)
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Rich Kid #1
Laura Jeanne Meyer ...
Receptionist #2 (as Laura Meyer)
Bailey Winston ...
Amanda's Friend
Matthew Metzger ...
Rich Kid #2
Thomas Ryan Smith ...
Rich Kid #3 (as Thomas Smith)
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Receptionist #1
Keith Cieslinski ...
Priest
Brian Les Weinberger ...
Court Lawyer
Virgil Brent Allen ...
Oil Rig Worker
Benji the Cat ...
Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Andre Allemand ...
Caretaker (uncredited)
Jerome Andries ...
Juror (uncredited)
Chris Angerdina ...
Oil Rig Worker (uncredited)
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Townsperson (uncredited)
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Arresting Officer (uncredited)
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DEA Agent (uncredited)
Eric Berris ...
Hospital Patient (uncredited)
Tom Bui ...
Indonesian Oil Rig Worker (uncredited)
Tom Cain ...
D.E.A. Agent (uncredited)
Ron Centanni ...
Prison Visitor (uncredited)
Joseph Cintron ...
Deputy Reed (uncredited)
Ross P. Cook ...
Meth Addict (uncredited)
Kyle Crosby ...
Photographer (uncredited)
Michelle DeVito ...
Nurse (uncredited)
Stephen Diamond ...
Oil Rig worker (uncredited)
Neil Durr ...
Prisoner #1 (uncredited)
Joseph Fischer ...
Juror #1 (uncredited)
Rudy Franklin ...
Easter Party Goer (uncredited)
Geraldine Glenn ...
Nurse (uncredited)
Gene Kevin Hames Jr. ...
Prison Visitor (uncredited)
Sadarias Harrell ...
Doctor (uncredited)
Kasey Hartzog ...
Townsperson @produce stand / Funeral Goer (uncredited)
Ryan Hebert ...
Store Patron (uncredited)
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Feed Store Customer (uncredited)
Tamika Shanell Johnson ...
Stenographer (uncredited)
Jamara Laster ...
Raid Team Officer (uncredited)
Cynthia LeBlanc ...
Hospital Visitor (uncredited)
Elton LeBlanc ...
Doctor (uncredited)
Roo McNevin-Duff ...
Party Girl (uncredited)
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Young Girl at Pool Party (uncredited)
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Defense Attorney (uncredited)
Joshua Probus ...
Wealthy Children (uncredited)
Zachary Probus ...
Wealthy Children (uncredited)
Lisa Raziano ...
Party Guest (uncredited)
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Lawyer (uncredited)
Plynlymmon Sanguis ...
Partygoer (uncredited)
Robert Segari ...
Dr. Sirkin-Brown (uncredited)
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Old Dude Crack House (uncredited)
Kerry Sims ...
Prison Guard #2 (uncredited)
Logan Douglas Smith ...
Lawyer (uncredited)
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Oil Rig Supervisor (uncredited)
Jesse Yarborough ...
Prison Guard #1 (Hancuffing Young Dawson) (uncredited)

Directed by

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Michael Hoffman

Written by

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Nicholas Sparks ... (novel)
 
Will Fetters ... (screenplay) and
J. Mills Goodloe ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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Robbie Brenner ... executive producer
Justin Burns ... producer
Denise Di Novi ... producer
Alison Greenspan ... producer
Russ Kavanaugh ... producer
Ryan Kavanaugh ... producer
D. Scott Lumpkin ... co-producer
Theresa Park ... producer
Patrick Peach ... line producer: additional photography
Andrew C. Robinson ... executive producer
Nicholas Sparks ... producer
Tucker Tooley ... executive producer
Jared Underwood ... executive producer

Music by

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Aaron Zigman

Cinematography by

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Oliver Stapleton

Film Editing by

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Matt Chesse

Editorial Department

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Sophie Dick ... first assistant editor
Valance Eisleben ... digital color asssit
Stratton Farrar ... media assistant
Kimaree Long ... first assistant editor
Allyse Manoff ... digital intermediate producer
Mark Sahagun ... digital intermediate editor
Mike Sowa ... digital intermediate colorist
Matt Sweat ... first assistant editor
Zander White ... dailies operator
Denise Woodgerd ... dailies producer
Nadia Nabhan ... digital intermediate assistant producer (uncredited)

Casting By

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Ronna Kress

Production Design by

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Patrizia von Brandenstein

Art Direction by

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Raymond Pumilia

Set Decoration by

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Tim Cohn

Costume Design by

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Ruth E. Carter

Makeup Department

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Kimberly Amacker ... makeup artist
Nikki I Brown ... makeup artist
Emily Burka ... hair stylist
Natalie Chosa ... additional hair stylist
Daina Daigle ... hair stylist
Marcos Gonzales ... additional hair
Jack Lazzaro ... makeup artist
Annabelle MacNeal ... makeup artist
Tania McComas ... makeup department head
Anne Morgan ... hair department head
Rita Parillo ... key hair stylist
Paige Reeves ... makeup artist
Aimee Stuit ... key makeup artist
Crystal Wells ... hair stylist
Melizah Anguiano Wheat ... assistant hair stylist (as Melizah Schmidt)

Production Management

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S.J. 'JoJo' Fieger ... production supervisor
Christopher Kulikowski ... post-production supervisor
Pascal Vaguelsy ... post-production supervisor

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Eric Fox Hays ... first assistant director
Cristen Martemucci ... production assistant
Steven Ritzi ... second unit director
Ann C. Salzer ... first assistant director: second unit
John M. White ... second assistant director
Derek Hall ... second second assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

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Dean Allison ... general foreman
Scott C. Bivona ... lead greensman
Charles Bodenheimer ... scenic artist
Elizabeth Boller ... art department coordinator
Scott Childers ... location foreman
Nicholas Ellerbee ... propmaker
Stephen Finders ... props
Jerry G. Henery ... construction coordinator
Jason Glenn Jimes ... scenic gang boss
Adie Kaplan ... set designer
Steven Kerlagon ... scenic charge
Andree Lago ... scenic foreman
Ryan LeBlanc ... greensman
Nicole Reed LeFevre ... set designer (reshoots)
Twig Leveque ... assistant property master
Sam Lothridge ... on-set dresser
Carl Mastio ... greensman
Pat A. O'Connor ... leadman
Jesse Michael Owen ... storyboard artist
Alaina Peck ... props
Jared Pendergrass ... assistant property master
John Pundt ... graphic designer
Patrick Roig ... set dresser
Mike Scherschel ... property master
Codie Scott ... greensman
Deanna Simmons ... set decoration buyer
Victoria St. Pierre ... camera scenic / on-set scenic
Jessica Stumpf ... set designer
Todd Tracy ... set dresser
Brendan Turrill ... set dresser
Brian Walker ... construction coordinator additional photography
Michael Williams Willis ... carpenter
Mark Woodworth II ... paint foreman

Sound Department

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Matthew Armstrong ... boom operator
Henry Auerbach ... dialogue editor
Jo Caron ... foley mixer
Ryan Collins ... sound effects editor
Colette D. Dahanne ... re-recording mixer (as Colette D. Dahanne C.A.S.) / supervising sound effects editor (as Colette D. Dahanne C.A.S.)
Robert Dehn ... sound studio manager
Jason Dotts ... ADR mixer
Christopher Eakins ... dialogue editor
Jesse Ehredt ... assistant sound editor
Art Espinosa ... assistant sound editor
Guy Francoeur ... foley artist
Justin Herman ... sound engineer
Lora Hirschberg ... re-recording mixer: Wildfire Studios
Michael B. Koff ... production sound mixer
Lisa J. Levine ... supervising dialogue and adr editor
Tim Limer ... sound recordist
Travis MacKay ... adr mixer
Charlie Mascagni ... sound utility
Laurent Ouellette ... assistant foley artist
Victoria Rose Sampson ... diaogue editor
Mike Weber ... adr recordist
Billy Theriot ... adr mixer (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Holly Blair Cox ... special effects technician
Mark Divekar ... special effects coordinator
Matthew Brady Harris ... special effects foreman

Visual Effects by

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Tom Allen ... fx supervisor
Peter Allendale ... compositor: Comen VFX
Naline Amaral ... visual effects production coordinator
Khan Arbaz ... matchmove artist
Kenneth Armstrong ... compositor: Comen VFX
Kelsey Ayukawa ... digital compositor
Jordan Benwick ... compositing supervisor
Fanny Berthiaume ... cg artist: Raynault VFX
Giorgio Bertolone ... senior rigger
Baljot Bhatti ... assistant visual effects editor
Joao Bogossian ... compositor
Randy Brown ... lead compositor: Comen VFX
Benjamin Burr ... compositor: Prime Focus World
Tim Carras ... visual effects supervisor: Comen VFX
Joshua D. Comen ... visual effects producer: Comen VFX
Bryan Davies ... visual effects artist
Nigel Denton-Howes ... visual effects supervisor: prime focus world
Rebecca Erbe ... vfx production assistant: Comen VFX
Kornel Farkas ... digital compositor
Rodrigo Fernandez ... paint & prep artist: Prime Focus
Matt Frank ... operations: Comen VFX
Akash Gade ... matchmove artist: prime focus world
Raymond Gieringer ... visual effects supervisor
Mark Gordon ... digital compositor
Arushi Govil ... visual effects coordinator
Yash Gowda ... digital compositor (prime focus) (as Yashawantha Kumar)
Vikas Gusain ... senior prep artist
Patricio Harris ... compositor: Comen VFX
David Hipp ... visual effects artist
Melissa Huerta ... roto/paint artist: Comen VFX
Chuan Jin ... paint artist
Lesley c Johny ... Roto artist: Prime Focus
Pratik Jore ... visual effects artist
Josh Judd ... digital artist
Michael Karp ... matchmove supervisor
Devika Kawle ... visual effects coordinator
Ntana Key ... marketing digital colorist: Technicolor
Paul Kirsch ... digital compositor
Michelle Korczak ... compositor
Aaron Kramer ... lead lighting artist: prime focus world
Geneviève Labelle ... digital compositor: Raynault VFX
Daniel Laczkowski ... visual effects artist
Wendy Lanning ... production executive: ReThink VFX
Brian Lee ... senior matte painter
Diana Li ... fx TD: Prime Focus
Simon Littlejohn ... compositor: Comen VFX
Jean-Philippe Lucas ... digital compositor
Marc Mason ... visual effects coordinator: prime focus world
Farhad Mohasseb ... senior compositor
Stéphanie Morin ... cg artist: Raynault VFX
Sean Nowlan ... visual effects producer
Kurian Os ... pipeline technical director
Ashish Pandey ... digital artist
Mile Panic ... visual effects artist
Rajendra Parab ... matchmove artist
Doug Penner ... systems administrator
Srikanth Pullamsetti ... matchmove artist
Jason Quintana ... cg sequence supervisor: Prime Focus World
Prashant Raj ... digital compositor
Ankush Ravre ... visual effects artist
Mathieu Raynault ... matte painter: Raynault VFX / visual effects supervisor: Raynault VFX
Marc A. Rousseau ... visual effects producer: Raynault VFX
Akash Roy ... tracking cooridnator
Angel Gil Ruiz ... lead matchmover
Kevin Sheldon Saldanha ... visual effects coordinator
Ronald Samson ... lighting technical director
V.W. Scheich ... visual effects producer: Locktix
Anik Seguin ... visual effects editor
Mohak Sharma ... visual effects coordinator
Misato Shinohara ... vfx producer: prime focus world vancouver
Sarabjeet Singh ... rotoscope artist
Frederic St-Arnaud ... digital matte painter: Raynault vfx
Christopher Stewart ... lighting artist
Ahmet Levent Tasel ... pipeline technical director
Chiranjeev Thakur ... production coordinator
Sylvain Theroux ... compositing & cgi supervisor: Raynault VFX
Joel Thompson ... visual effects editor
Varaprasad.Dhongili ... matchmove artist (prime focus)
Angus Wakefield ... visual effects artist
Jerry Weil ... cg artist: Comen VFX / cg lead: Comen VFX
Sunil Kumar Yadav ... BG Prep Artist
Teh-wei Yeh ... visual effects artist: Prime Focus World
Kyle Cunningham ... communications associate: Prime Focus World (uncredited)
Eric Reinhard ... digital compositor (uncredited)

Stunts

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John L. Armijo ... precision driver / stunts
Jon Arthur ... stunt performer
Tim Bell ... stunt rigger
Sean Paul Braud ... stunts
Alan D'Antoni ... stunt rigger
Tony Donno ... douglas griffin: stunt double
Andy Dylan ... assistant stunt coordinator
Chris J. Fanguy ... stunt water safety / utility stunts
Travis Fienhage ... stunt double: Rob Mello
Christian J. Fletcher ... stunt rigger
Jeff Galpin ... stunts
Lex D. Geddings ... assistant stunt coordinator
Adam Horwitz ... stunt performer
Michael Ortiz ... stunts
Kevin Reid ... stunt double: Luke Bracey
Steven Ritzi ... stunt coordinator
Eric R Salas ... stunt performer
Felipe Savahge ... Stunt double: Sean Bridgers
Todd Schneider ... stunt double: James Marsden
Kevin Waterman ... stunt double: Hunter Burke
Willie Weber ... stunts
Joe Williams ... stunts
John Zimmerman ... stunt rigger

Camera and Electrical Department

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Joshua Anderson ... additional rigging electrician
Dacoda Bartels ... aerial camera operator (as Dacoda Bartles)
Daniel Bombell ... first assistant camera: additional photography
Joe Cassano ... dolly grip: "a" camera
Ron Chapple ... aerial director of photography
Pete Chiaramonte ... lighting technician
Eric Damazio ... key grip
Tony Damazio ... BestBoy grip / bb grip
Brandon Dauzat ... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Greg Faysash ... first assistant camera "c" camera
Robert Foster ... b camera operator
Jeremiah Fry ... arerial camera operator
Carter Lee Garrett ... lighting technician
Hilton Garrett ... best boy rigging grip
Gonzalo Gonzalez ... rigging electrician
Brian Hollars ... additional lighting technician
Larron Rome Julian ... second assistant camera
Michael D. Kennedy ... scorpio head technician
Gemma La Mana ... still photographer
Duane Manwiller ... director of photography: additional photography (as Duane Charles Manwiller)
Christopher Martin ... grip rigger
Luis Martinez ... rigging electric
Jim McConkey ... camera operator: a camera / steadicam operator
Ray Meibaum ... digital utility
Jeff Muhlstock ... additional camera operator "a" camera / additional steadicam operator
Josh Nobles ... rigging gaffer
Josh Oliver ... grip
Joseph Paolucci Jr. ... best boy rigging electric
Rob Pierson ... grip
David Schmalz ... second video assist operator
Devon Stinson ... technocrane technician
Michael Stumpf ... additional Steadicam operator / additional camera operator: a camera
Robby Terry ... grip
Sergio Villegas ... rigging electrician
Jason Vowell ... video assist
Troy Wagner ... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Toni Weick ... digital loader
Sterling Wiggins ... second assistant camera
Jeremy Wren ... grip
Justin Wright ... rigging electrician
Peter Zuccarini ... underwater camera operator
Remi Tournois ... additionnal camera/steadicam (uncredited)

Animation Department

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Richard Smith ... additional animation

Casting Department

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Joel K. Berger ... extras casting assistant
Elizabeth Coulon ... Casting Director (Louisiana) / Casting Director: Louisiana
Justin Coulter ... extras casting coordinator
Hannah d'Angerio ... casting associate (as Hannah D'Angerio)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Frank Avanzo ... set costumer
Amanda Steeley Bankins ... set costumer (as Amanda Steeley)
Megan Coates ... costume department shopper
Derica Cole Washington ... costume assistant
Heather Ferrell ... stitcher
Ashley Heathcock ... head ager/dyer
Kizzie Autumn Martin ... set costumer
Dan Moore ... costume supervisor
Chris Nausley ... costume assistant
Marian Toy ... associate costume designer
Chloe Ji Yoon ... costume illustrator

Location Management

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Joaquin Aragon ... location assistant
Erce Deli Cantu ... location assistant (as Erce D Cantu)
Charlie French ... locations
Michael L. Kuhn ... location scout
Lisa Latter ... key assistant location manager/scout
Stephen LeBlanc ... location manager
Albert Quaid ... assistant location manager
Wes Rossi ... assistant locations manager / location scout
Ben Stolte ... location scout

Music Department

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Helen Z. Altenbach ... musician
Bob Bowen ... executive in charge of music / music supervisor
Ian Broucek ... music coordinator
George Doering ... musician
Steve Juliani ... music preparation
Ernest Lee ... additional engineering (as Ernie Lee)
Jason Markey ... associate music supervisor
Eugene Mishustin ... orchestrator
Demetrice Nguyen ... musical director
Peter Rotter ... orchestra contractor
Dennis S. Sands ... music scoring mixer
Andrew Silver ... supervising music editor
Rebecca Sjowall ... music preparation
Michael Stern ... music recording engineer
Happy Walters ... music supervisor

Transportation Department

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Donna Brower ... transportation dispatcher
Ricky Damazio ... picture car coordinator / transportation coordinator
Aaron Pigg ... production van driver operator

Other crew

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Ted Alderman ... snake wrangler
Sheila Allen ... production accountant
Kd Amond ... office production assistant
Maddie Applewhite ... production assistant
Denver Beattie ... director's assistant: Michael Hoffman
Linda Benjamin ... EVP of Business and Legal Affairs: Relativity Media
Bianca Bezdek-Goodloe ... legal representative / legal services
Bret Borgeson ... travel coordinator
Christian Brown ... payroll assistant
Dottie Buck ... key craft service
Bridgett Buss ... EPK production coordinator
Vincent Campos ... production assistant
Lindsay M. Carr ... production assistant
Ron Centanni ... body double
Andrea Claret ... second assistant accountant
Eden Cohen ... production legal
Ricky Damazio ... marine coordinator
Dawn Darfus ... production finance executive
Kimberly Edwards ... post production accountant
Megan M. Edwards ... finance assistant
Maureen Poon Fear ... assistant: Los Angeles - to Ms. Di Novi
Gabe Fieger ... production assistant
Jonathan Ford ... set medic
Matthew Ford ... medic
Jeff Galpin ... head animal trainer
Nicole Garcea ... additional script supervisor
Bernadette Gonzales ... production coordinator
Patrick Hall ... assistant to the on-set photographer
Gene Kevin Hames Jr. ... stand in: male utility
Deuce Cheryl Hedrick ... assistant production coordinator (as Deuce Hedrick)
Stephanie Hilton ... assistant accountant
Beth Hintermeier ... director of operations: Relativity Media
Michael B. Koff ... aerial unit
Janet L'Aube ... stand-in
Greg Maxwell ... Digital Content Security
Melissa Morkus ... Physical Production Coordinator
Travis michael Myers ... photo double: james mardsen
Frederic Perrin ... caterer
Jackson Rambo ... key office production assistant (as Jackson J. Rambo) / production assistant (as Jackson J. Rambo)
Christine Rings ... cast production assistant
DaJuan Rippy ... set production assistant
Tyler Samardick ... craft service assistant
Becky Sanderman ... studio executive
Claire Schexnayder ... assistant accountant
Tim Sigur ... production secretary
Adam M. Stone ... product placement coordinator
Cat Stone ... product placement coordinator
Krista Ann Toups ... production assistant
Margarita McClenon Velona ... set medic
Cindy Villa ... assistant: Mr. Tooley
Jay Watt ... construction medic
Aaron V. Williamson ... fitness trainer
Stephen Adler ... physical and post production coordinator: Relativity Studios (uncredited)
Jeff Maynard ... consultant (uncredited)

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Une seconde chance (France)
  • The Best of Me - Mein Weg zu dir (Germany)
  • Lo mejor de mí (Spain)
  • Dla ciebie wszystko (Poland)
  • Cel mai de pret cadou (Romania)
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Runtime
  • 118 min
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Box Office

Budget $26,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $10,003,827, 17 Oct 2014

Did You Know?

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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 »
Movie Connections Featured in Derek Jeter/James Marsden/5 Seconds of Summer (2014). See more »
Soundtracks Down by the Riverside See more »
Quotes Amanda: You want me to fall back in love with you? How do I do that if I haven't ever stopped?
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