The Notebook (2004)
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Behind Every Great Love is a Great Story
The Notebook tells the tale of local mill worker, Noah Calhoun, and vacationing rich girl, Allie Hamilton. The pair meet one summer in South Carolina and fall desperately in love. Allie’s parents don’t approve of the relationship because of the couple’s social differences, and they work to separate the two. When Noah leaves to serve in World War II it seems to mark the end of the love affair, and eventually Allie becomes involved with another man. But when Noah returns to the small town of Seabrook years later, on the eve of Allie's marriage, it soon becomes clear that their romance is anything but over.
Gena Rowlands, who plays the elderly Allie Hamilton, is director Nick Cassavetes’ mother.
Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams were both born in the same hospital in London, Ontario, Canada.
For two months before filming began, Ryan Gosling lived in Charleston, South Carolina, rowed the Ashley River every morning and built furniture in the afternoons.
Entertainment Weekly has credited Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams for the Best Movie Kiss of All Time.
A Memorable Romance
- Based on the best-selling novel by Nicholas Sparks
- Directed by Nick Cassavetes
- More than two hours of heartfelt, romantic drama
- Bonus material includes deleted scenes, commentaries and more
- Available on DVD and Blu-ray
Meet the Cast
Young Allie Hamilton (Rachel McAdams)
From a wealthy, privileged background, Allie is spending the summer in Seabrook, South Carolina. There, she meets and falls in love with local boy Noah Calhoun.
Noah Calhoun (Ryan Gosling)
A young and carefree local, Noah has a low-paying job at the town’s lumberyard. When he meets Allie one evening at a carnival, he’s immediately smitten.
Allie Hamilton (Gena Rowlands)
Now living in a senior care facility, the elderly Allie is suffering from senile dementia and memory loss. She is visited every day by a co-resident, who reads to her.
Duke (James Garner)
A resident at the same facility where Ms. Hamilton resides, Duke gets permission to read to the elderly woman. The story he shares is always the same.
Top Customer Reviews
The best part of this movie was the incredible chemistry between Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling as the young lovers Allie and Noah. Their story was told by an elderly couple in a nursing home. James Garner and Gena Rowlands were outstanding as the devoted "Duke" and the woman with irreversible dementia. As Duke recounted the story of Allie and Noah from the notebook he carried with him, the lady's memory began to come back and she could remember.
The movie always changes the book but the one major change (the ending) which had the audience letting out a collective gasp and reaching for the nearest tissue was, in my opinion, really good even if it was pure Hollywood melodrama.
Why does a movie like THE NOTEBOOK appeal to so many? Is it that every woman longs for a man who loves as deeply as Noah? Is it that every one wants a love that transcends all problems---those of class, education, family objection----and lasts forever? Or just maybe in a world of high-tech gizmos and high security alerts, it's nice to get back to basics with a really good love story....and this is definitely that.
The film opens in the present at a genteel, riverside, Southern facility for the long-term care of the aged. An old man, "Duke" (James Garner), is in the habit of reading from a book to an elegant, but chronically confused and distant, lady (Gena Rowlands) of equal antiquity. The story concerns two teenagers during a hot, carefree, South Carolina summer preceding World War II. They are (in extended flashback) Noah Calhoun (Ryan Gosling) and Allie (Rachel McAdams).
Noah, working in the local sawmill, is the uneducated son of a dirt-poor father (Sam Shephard). Allie, in these months before she's off to a prestigious New York college, is the only daughter of snobbishly wealthy parents, John (David Thornton) and Anne (Joan Allen) Hamilton.
The book's plot is that hoary one about two young lovers of disparate backgrounds and financial resources, who are subsequently separated by circumstances, objection and obstruction by the wealthy parents, and the subsequent engagement of one to another - in this case, Allie to a devilishly handsome and perfectly decent, rich, young, Army officer wounded during WWII, whom she meets while serving as a volunteer nurse in a Stateside military hospital. Will Noah and Allie ever get back together? That's what Duke's lone listener wants to know.
At midpoint point in this review, and midway through the film, it should be apparent that Duke and his lady friend are Noah and Allie in the winter of their lives. The latter is now suffering from Alzheimer's and only occasionally recognizes her husband, who reads her the story of their courtship over and over in the hope of stimulating her memory.Read more ›
The moviegoer is then transported to the 1940's, and the relatively brief appearances of the elderly Duke's and Allie alternate within the film with the enactment of the story contained in THE NOTEBOOK. That story is centered in Seabrook, N.C., where a local young man named Noah Calhoun (Ryan Gosling) is captivated by a beautiful summer visitor from Charleston named Allie Hamilton (Rachel McAdams). (Of course, the viewer immediately wonders if indeed this notebook contains the story of the elderly Allie's life, and if so what part Duke will play.) As you no doubt have guessed, since this is an old fashioned romance they eventually fall in love.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Loved it! Enjoyed with my grandson who'd heard about it, but had no idea what it was like. Made him cry!Published 2 days ago by Tom Holeman
Absolutely delightful! A real love story. If you need a good cry, this will do it for you!Published 5 days ago by leslie
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She said,"I already know I should be with you.." to Lon, who was not her husband yet. She knew she was raised and driven to have THAT life. She knew Lon came into her life for a reason and she had love for him. But Allie was not in love with him, she was always in love with Noah, which... Read More
Aug 25, 2008 by Dana | See all 18 posts
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I know, I know..its true...I got screwed and swiped of my manhood when i agreed to watch this movie, and then....enjoyed it :(
Jan 14, 2007 by MikeCHardcore | See all 3 posts
I don't know the answer to your question. We lived in São Paulo for three years; my wife controlled the sauva which was causing the famine which was the major reason for the 45-year life span at the time, circa 1970, and the kissing bug which was the carrier of Chagas' disease. I figure there... Read More
Apr 23, 2015 by D. Rosenfield | See all 2 posts
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I'd like to know the same thing. I want to get this because I really enjoy this movie and know that high-def will take it to even greater heights but not even my wife wants all the extra fluff.
Dec 10, 2009 by Pedro Oliva | See all 4 posts
Could it have been Pretty baby?
Aug 22, 2009 by David Horiuchi | See all 2 posts
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