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The Notebook (2004)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance | 25 June 2004 (USA)
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A poor yet passionate young man falls in love with a rich young woman, giving her a sense of freedom, but they are soon separated because of their social differences.

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Nick Cassavetes

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tim Ivey Tim Ivey ... Rower
Gena Rowlands ... Allie Calhoun
Starletta DuPois ... Nurse Esther
James Garner ... Duke
Anthony-Michael Q. Thomas Anthony-Michael Q. Thomas ... Nurse Keith
Ed Grady ... Harry
Renée Amber Renée Amber ... Nurse at Counter
Jennifer Echols ... Nurse Selma
Geoffrey Knight Geoffrey Knight ... Barker
Kevin Connolly ... Fin
Ryan Gosling ... Noah
Heather Wahlquist ... Sara Tuffington
Rachel McAdams ... Allie
Andrew Schaff Andrew Schaff ... Matthew Jamison III
Matt Shelly Matt Shelly ... Seabrook Boy
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Storyline

In a nursing home, resident Duke reads a romance story to an old woman who has senile dementia with memory loss. In the late 1930s, wealthy seventeen year-old Allie Hamilton is spending summer vacation in Seabrook. Local worker Noah Calhoun meets Allie at a carnival and they soon fall in love with each other. One day, Noah brings Allie to an ancient house that he dreams of buying and restoring and they attempt to make love but get interrupted by their friend. Allie's parents do not approve of their romance since Noah belongs to another social class, and they move to New York with her. Noah writes 365 letters (A Year) to Allie, but her mother Anne Hamilton does not deliver them to her daughter. Three years later, the United States joins the World War II and Noah and his best friend Fin enlist in the army, and Allie works as an army nurse. She meets injured soldier Lon Hammond in the hospital. After the war, they meet each other again going on dates and then, Lon, who is wealthy and ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Behind every great love is a great story.

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 June 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Notebook See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$29,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,464,745, 27 June 2004

Gross USA:

$81,001,787

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$115,533,700
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Ryan Gosling (Noah) and Rachel McAdams (Allie) were both born in St. Joseph's Hospital in London, Ontario. See more »

Goofs

When Allie and her mum are outside Noah's newly restored house, crew and equipment are reflected in the side mirror of her car. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Nurse Selma: Excuse me. Come on, honey, let's get you ready for bed
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Alternate Versions

The love scenes had to be toned down to avoid an R rating in the United States. The footage is featured on the DVD as deleted scenes. See more »


Soundtracks

Sonata No. 19 in G Minor for Piano, Op. 49, No. 1
(1802)
Written by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performed by Robert Thies
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My Favorite Scene was the One with the Geese, not the Gosling
18 June 2005 | by lavatchSee all my reviews

Prior to watching "The Notebook," I was not familiar with the work of the actress Rachel McAdams. She made an indelible impression by sustaining an outstanding performance in this film. Her character Allie is the pivotal role in the film, as she must make the crucial romantic decision on which the story turns. There are few performers capable of evolving the complexity of characterization as achieved by Rachel McAdams.

The film recreated effectively the world of the 1940s in America, including the parental pressure exerted by the well-to-do family of Allie on whether to allow their daughter to pursue a young man from the other side of the tracks. As played by Ryan Gosling, the character of Noah could have revealed more emotional layers. There was only one scene in the film where he really showed that there was something at stake in his love for Allie. He apparently wrote her a passionate letter every day for a year. Especially in the film's early scenes, Gosling could have shown more of the passion.

The other cast members were outstanding, including James Garner and Gena Rowlands in the parallel story. In the two plots, "The Notebook" merits comparison with another outstanding romantic film, "The Bridges of Madison County." As the two subplots of "The Notebook" come together, one of the key characters is Allie's mother. As always, Joan Allen delivers a convincing and complete character portrayal, as the well-intentioned, but conflicted mother. In one of the most moving scenes in the film, the mother opens up to the daughter and tells her story of youthful love and a fateful choice similar to the one Allie herself must face.

My favorite scene in the film: a wonderful sequence where Noah and Allie are in a boat in the backwaters of South Carolina. The waterway is simply filled with white geese. It is a stunning and picturesque moment, among many in this well-crafted film. If there is such a spot in South Carolina, then I want to go there!


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