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The Longest Ride (2015)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance | 10 April 2015 (USA)
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The lives of a young couple intertwine with a much older man, as he reflects back on a past love.


George Tillman Jr.


Nicholas Sparks (novel), Craig Bolotin (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Britt Robertson ... Sophia Danko
Scott Eastwood ... Luke Collins
Alan Alda ... Ira Levinson
Jack Huston ... Young Ira
Oona Chaplin ... Young Ruth
Melissa Benoist ... Marcia
Lolita Davidovich ... Kate Collins
Elea Oberon ... Mrs. Pfeffer
Kate Forbes Kate Forbes ... Ira's Mother
Tiago Riani ... Luiz
Danny Vinson ... Larry Till
Hayley Lovitt ... Rodeo Girl / Dancer
Tracey Bonner ... Nurse Wilson
Jaret Sears Jaret Sears ... Joe Parks
Hunter Burke ... David Stein


Based on the bestselling novel by master storyteller Nicholas Sparks, THE LONGEST RIDE centers on the star-crossed love affair between Luke, a former champion bull rider looking to make a comeback, and Sophia, a college student who is about to embark upon her dream job in New York City's art world. As conflicting paths and ideals test their relationship, Sophia and Luke make an unexpected and fateful connection with Ira, whose memories of his own decades-long romance with his beloved wife deeply inspire the young couple. Spanning generations and two intertwining love stories, THE LONGEST RIDE explores the challenges and infinite rewards of enduring love. Written by 20th Century Fox

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Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some sexuality, partial nudity, and some war and sports action | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


The painting "Man with Moustache" 1960 is by Robert De Niro Sr See more »


The film takes place circa 2007, yet characters use smart-phones that obviously came out several years later. See more »


Ira Levinson: She had a great eye for talent, but I only had eyes for her.
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Alternate Versions

The UK release was cut, during post-production, the film was submitted for advice in an unfinished form. At which stage the distributor was informed that the film was likely to receive a 15 classification but that their preferred 12A could be achieved by removing a scene of strong sex. When the film was submitted for formal classification, that scene had been removed and the film was classified 12A without further cuts. The distributor later reinstated some of the cut material for the film's home entertainment release which was classified 15 uncut for 'strong sex'. See more »


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Written by Carlos Nino
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Odd Comparison to the Book
14 April 2015 | by sahara-rose-gone-deadSee all my reviews

First, I have to say - I read the book first, and I'm glad that I did. I first suggest that to anybody who will take the time to do so. The book itself constructs the story in a much stronger way.

While the movie was great to see for someone who has read the book and loved it. I feel that without reading the book, the one storyline (Luke and Sophia's) may seem short and not shown well enough. In the book you find yourself falling in love with the couple while I do not believe they got enough screen time.

As for Ira and Ruth's story, it was wonderful to see the scenes played out and while I LOVED the way their story was presented in the book, I was glad for the chance to see Ira have more screen time as an elder.

There were a LOT of things that were changed from the book when this AMAZING story was made into a movie, and I feel that it only hurt the story. I honestly believe that if they had stuck to the way it was written, it would have been MUCH more well received.

All in all, I LOVED this movie, though the book was INFINITELY better. If you at all feel like Luke and Sophia's story was false/fake/short/surreal/etc. I HIGHLY encourage you to read the book as I can ASSURE you that their relationship is not these things.

Given the time to read the book, you will fall in love with these four characters, and it will make this story INFINITELY better. However, if you only go to see this movie, keep in mind that you are only getting a portion of this couple's story if you feel you do not like it.

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Release Date:

10 April 2015 (USA) See more »

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Box Office


$34,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,019,686, 12 April 2015

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Datasat | SDDS


Color | Black and White (flashback sequence)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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