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The Memory Book (2014)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | TV Movie 26 August 2014
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A budding photographer seeks out the same true love she finds in an old photo album.

Director:

Paul A. Kaufman

Writer:

Duane Poole
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Meghan Ory ... Chloe Davenport
Luke Macfarlane ... Gabe Sinclair
Art Hindle ... Jack Dodd
John Cassini ... Vito Marino Jr.
Stephanie Van Dyck Stephanie Van Dyck ... Taylor
Adrienne Barbeau ... Sarah Lund
Amitai Marmorstein ... Reggie
Nicola Cavendish Nicola Cavendish ... Mabel Potter
Michael Coleman ... Pastor Reynolds
Lisa MacFadden ... Shirley Jensen
Stephan Miers ... Charlie
Jilena Cori Jilena Cori ... Tori
David Longworth ... Ranger Stan
Katerina Katelieva ... Young Sarah
Ryan Bruce ... Young Jonathan
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Budding photographer Chloe (Ory) comes from a family of failed romances. At a local flea market, she stumbles upon an old photo album from the 1970s, chronicling the ideal romance of a happy couple (Hindle and Barbeau). Unable to find her own "true love," she sets out to find the couple in the album and prove that true love exists. Along the way, she meets Gabe Sinclair (Macfarlane), a mysterious, but charming bartender, who seizes the opportunity to join Chloe's mission and soon finds himself falling in love with her. With limited resources, the two go on an adventure, searching for clues that will lead them to the couple, and hopefully to true love. As the search continues, Chloe begins taking an interest in Gabe, but won't let these feelings distract her from her mission to find the couple. Will Chloe learn to give up her fear of falling in love and finally find true happiness? Written by The Hallmark Channel

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Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 August 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

L'album dei ricordi See more »

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Trivia

The wooden roller coaster in the background of the couple in the memory book is the wooden roller coaster at Pacific Playland in Vancouver, BC (where the movie was filmed). The wooden roller coaster was built in 1958 & is still in operation as a main attraction to the park. See more »

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The Memory Book has a ticket stub for Rick Nelson performing at the Greek Theater in Griffith Park on September 22, 1969. Engelbert Humperdinck was performing at the Greek Theater on September 22, 1969. See more »

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References Matlock (1986) See more »

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Il Guarracino e La Sardella
Written by Jeff Toyne and Marcus Sjowall
Performed by Ashley Faatoalia
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Just try and resist holding back your own tears as you reminisce...what could have been?
31 August 2018 | by Ed-ShullivanSee all my reviews

What a wonderful romantic/mystery film that delivered a lot more than I ever expected from another Lifetime movie. Lead actress Meghan Ory plays a professional expressionist photographer named Chloe Davenport who purchases a complete stranger's 1970's Memory Book from a flea market. The Memory Book piques Chloe's interest to find the actual owner of this romantic historical portfolio of this unknown couple's young and genuine romance captured in the pictures contained in their memory book.

The big question is....who would ever relinquish their loving memory book with their personal lifetime of romantic memories and how did it end up being sold for a mere $10 at a local flea market? In walks an amateur photo critic named Gabe Sinclair (Luke Macfarlane) while Chloe has an art exhibit underway at a local gallery and with every word that comes out of Gabe's mouth in his attempt to describe his personal opinion of Chloe's photos on the art wall he keeps burying himself further and further into Chloe's bad books.

Eventually Gabe and Chloe meet again under more pleasant circumstances and slowly but surely Gabe makes up for his initial blunder and criticism of Chloe's photo art exhibit. Their two personalities could not be any more different but isn't that what true romantics say? "Opposites do attract!" As Chloe explains to Gabe her interest in the strangers Memory Book she just purchased and her need to find the owner and hear the owner(s) romantic story Gabe takes it upon himself to spontaneously move forward with the investigation. Gabe decides on his own to do some of his own investigating of what each romantic picture in the mysterious Memory Book means that also sets Chloe on an unexpected and spontaneous adventure with Gabe leading the way with the reluctant and very cautious Chloe who has little interest (at first) in getting to know Gabe on any personal level.

As with rock and ballad singer Rod Stewart's famous album "Every Picture Tells A Story" so did each of the pictures in the enclosed Memory Book tell a story that Gabe boldly chose to take Chloe off of her feet and explore each of these stories behind each of the pictures. As the Memory Book mystery gradually is unfolded by Gabe's and Chloe's dogged approach so does the relationship between these two forlorn and cautious lovebirds. I will admit it, I had uncontrollable tears flowing a few times as the director Paul A. Kaufman did an excellent job in bringing out the best performances not only in Gabe and Chloe's performances, but also in the mysterious Sarah Lund (Adrienne Barbeau) and Jack Dodd (Art Hindle) whose romantic pictures tell their true story.

How this particular romantic/mystery film kept my attention without becoming just another notch in the string of so-so Lifetime films is a credit to the writer Duane Pool, the director Paul A. Kaufman, and the four main stars, Meghan Ory (Chloe), Luke Macfarlane (Gabe), and the mysterious romantic couple Adrienne Barbeau (Sarah) and Art Hindle (Jack/Jonathan). I found this made for TV movie was deserving of more than one Academy Award nomination even though it was a made for TV film and only entitled to the Emmy awards.

This is truly a film classic worth watching multiple times that I will be sure to purchase and pop into my Blu Ray player from time to time and watch with Mrs. Shullivan to remind ourselves that any good romance comes with both its share of good times, hardships and true love in varying proportions, but all contain our memories worth cherishing.

A perfect 10 for 10


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