The Notebook

June 25th, 2004

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The Notebook

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A poor and passionate young man falls in love with a rich young woman and gives her a sense of freedom. They soon are separated by their social differences.

Release Year: 2004

Rating: 7.9/10 (153,745 voted)

Critic's Score: 53/100

Director: Nick Cassavetes

Stars: Gena Rowlands, James Garner, Rachel McAdams

The movie focuses on an old man reading a story to an old woman in a nursing home. The story he reads follows two young lovers named Allie Hamilton and Noah Calhoun, who meet one evening at a carnival. But they are separated by Allie's parents who dissaprove of Noah's unwealthy family, and move Allie away. After waiting for Noah to write her for several years, Allie meets and gets engaged to a handsome young soldier named Lon. Allie, then, with her love for Noah still alive, stops by Noah's 200-year-old home that he restored for her, "to see if he's okay". It is evident that they still have feelings for each other, and Allie has to choose between her fiancé and her first love.

Writers: Jeremy Leven, Jan Sardi

Tim Ivey - Rower
Starletta DuPois - Nurse Esther
James Garner - Duke
Gena Rowlands - Allie Calhoun
Sam Shepard - Frank Calhoun
Anthony-Michael Q. Thomas - Nurse Keith
Joan Allen - Anne Hamilton
Ed Grady - Harry
Renée Amber - Nurse at Counter
Jennifer Echols - Nurse Selma
Geoffrey Knight - Barker
Kevin Connolly - Fin
Ryan Gosling - Noah
Heather Wahlquist - Sara Tuffington
Rachel McAdams - Allie

Taglines: Behind every great love is a great story.


Official Website: New Line Cinema |

Release Date: 25 June 2004

Filming Locations: Boone Hall Plantation - 1235 Long Point Road, Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $29,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $13,464,745 (USA) (27 June 2004) (2303 Screens)

Gross: $115,603,229 (Worldwide) (21 November 2004)

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Did You Know?

The "after 7 years Allie and Noah" scenes were shot first and then the crew/cast went on a Christmas break. Ryan Gosling had to lose the beard and 20lbs he'd had as the older Noah and come back to play the young Noah. Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling were rather shy and unsure around each other in the "after 7 years" scenes but were more comfortable together in the young Allie and Noah scenes.

Continuity: When Noah takes Allie to the plantation for the first time she is instructed to stay outside. When she looks at the river into the moonlight her silhouette reveals flowing curls, and when she turns around her hair is slightly curled at the ends, but not nearly as much as 2 seconds earlier.

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

User Review

the notebook was a truly remarkable film


In all honesty, my Dad paid me to go see the Notebook with my friends because he kept saying how magnificent it was. i went because it was free, and with no expectations. However, the Notebook drew me into the story from the beginning right up until the credits- and then kept me crying for quite some time after it had ended. I, along with almost every other person i have discussed the movie with, felt involved in the situations and the lives of the character- crying at the sad moments and feeling joy at the happy bits. in general, love stories are predictable and somewhat dull (in my opinion) yet this movie kept me guessing at the outcome, and delivered twists throughout the whole film.The Notebook was extremely well constructed and i would give it an eleven out of ten.

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