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
Scott Eastwood was 28 years old at the time of filming and was nearly passed for his role, in fear of being too old. See more »
When Daniel McDonald's widow gives Ira the painting Daniel did of Ruth, there is a picture of Ira and Ruth with a handwritten note on the back, written by Daniel. The handwriting is identical to the handwriting on the postcard Howie Sanders sends to Luke, inviting him to the art auction. See more »
I just want you to be happy, even if that 'happy' doesn't include me anymore.
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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 »
Written by Josh Abbott and Sunny Helms
Performed by Josh Abbott Band featuring Kacey Musgraves
Courtesy of Pretty Damn Tough Records
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Odd Comparison to the Book
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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