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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.
As teenagers, Allie (Rachel McAdams) and Noah (Ryan Gosling) begin a whirlwind courtship that soon blossoms into tender intimacy. The young couple is quickly separated by Allie's upper-class parents, who insist that Noah isn't right for her. Several years pass, and when they meet again, their passion is rekindled, forcing Allie to choose between her soulmate and class order. This beautiful tale has a particularly special meaning to an older gentleman (James Garner) who regularly reads the timeless love story to his aging companion (Gena Rowlands). The romantic Nicholas Sparks movie, The Notebook, is available on DVD with special features.
When you consider that old-fashioned tearjerkers are an endangered species in Hollywood, a movie like The Notebook can be embraced without apology. Yes, it's syrupy sweet and clogged with clichés, and one can only marvel at the irony of Nick Cassavetes directing a weeper that his late father John--whose own films were devoid of saccharine sentiment--would have sneered at. Still, this touchingly impassioned and great-looking adaptation of the popular Nicholas Sparks novel has much to recommend, including appealing young costars (Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams) and appealing old costars (James Garner and Gena Rowlands, the director's mother) playing the same loving couple in (respectively) early 1940s and present-day North Carolina. He was poor, she was rich, and you can guess the rest; decades later, he's unabashedly devoted, and she's drifting into the memory-loss of senile dementia. How their love endured is the story preserved in the titular notebook that he reads to her in their twilight years. The movie's open to ridicule, but as a delicate tearjerker it works just fine. Message in a Bottle and A Walk to Remember were also based on Sparks novels, suggesting a triple-feature that hopeless romantics will cherish. --Jeff ShannonSee all Editorial Reviews
- 12 deleted scenes with optional director commentary
- All in the Family: Nicholas Cassavetes featurette
- Nicholas Sparks: A Simple Story Well Told featurette
- Southern Exposure: Locating The Notebook featurette
- Casting Rachel and Ryan featurette
- Rachel McAdams screen test and more
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It is so romantic, I think it is the only book by Nicholas Spark that I wouldn't really say sad ending.
His books always have a sad ending
Of course the movie is slightly different but the actors and actresses here are great.
Who doesn't want their own Noah right? But even Lon Hammonds character is so likeable too.
Setting Allie free because he loves her.
The music are great and it really sticks to your heart.
A love story great that even though Allie have alzheimer, Noah stuck to her and they even died together.
I once interned at a nursing home where an old married couple died within a few hours of each other. That kind of love exists... if I hadn't seen it myself, I might believe this movie less.
I don't want to give away a lot of the plot but it must be said that the film works to the level it does due to the amazing acting and chemistry between Ryan Gosling/Rachel McAdams and Gena Rowlands/James Garner. They are all superb and put their heart and soul into their roles making the characters totally real. I have seen this film five times now and each time it tugs at that special place in my heart. This last viewing was with this item, the blu ray disc and I continue to be amazed at all that blu ray is caable of. The 1080p high def picture is crystal clear and all emotions expressed become that much more sincere. The colors are vibrant and some scenes will have you holding your breath in awe. You can see each piece of hair and lines on the face. Bottom line, it is like viewing the film for the first time. The audio is in spectacular dolby truehd 5.1 and the music is glorious with dialogue set to perfection.
What you get for the price here is simply amazing. The blu ray comes in a beautiful keepsake box which contains a lovely 46 page photo album that is half info on the actors in the film and half album for you to put pictures from your own story. You get decorative stickers and photo corners, 2 themed book marks and a set of 16 lovely notecards and envelopes. This film is for anyone who believes in love and is not afraid to admit it. It is not only a chick flic but a film for anyone with a true emotional bone in their body. It is a timeless film that tells a timeless tale. I can't say enough about the beauty of this film from its story to the way it is filmed. And you deserve the glorious experience of viewing it on blu ray.
Lastly, I always wonder when I purchase a blu ray film will I want to watch it only once? Should I have rented it? This one is definitely a keeper and a must have addition to your collection. I wanted to view it a second time right after finishing the first viewing. Valentine's Day is coming up and this is a perfect gift for the love in your life or for anyone who is a romantic and believes in the power and strength of love. But this film is also a definite year round treasure.
Highly recommended. A beautiful film presented in a beautiful package.