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.
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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Top customer reviews
More special features that aren't on the DVD (atleast not on mine!) and they are things that they SHOULD HAVE left in the movie and seeing them explains so much more to me!
I've always loved this movie but not the ending with young Allie and Noah. It's their story and it feels so unfinished! (I always say it should be like the "Sweet Home Alabama" ending with the Polaroids and other pictures at the ending credits... it tells the next part of the story. I know they used the older actors of Allie and Noah's character pictures... but that's not Ryan & Rachel... whom you are attached to as Allie and Noah.)
Other than that... I loved having this as a better quality movie and it's just an awesome movie! Get it if you have a blu-ray and love this movie or movies like it!
A movie that I could watch again and again and still feel the same emotions.... both happy and bittersweet.
Acting is A+++++ and the storyline is A+++++.
Perfect movie for Romantics, like me.
“I am nothing special, of this I am sure. I am a common man with common thoughts and I've led a common life. There are no monuments dedicated to me and my name will soon be forgotten, but I've loved another with all my heart and soul, and to me, this has always been enough..”
― Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook
There are mature themes here so I would watch it first as a parent before deciding to recommend it or watching it with children. There is no religious influence although most of the ideas, if not overt actions, are compatible with a Christian moral worldview. To me, this is the story of Christ and the church and the story I want for my marriage with the exception that we love God more than each other.
The acting is great, the young people capture the innocence, the cruelty and fickleness of youth while making the intense love each has for the other plausible. The older couple put in Oscar worthy performances as an old loving couple separated by dementia. The scene where the mother reveals her love for and understanding of her daughter was very touching. A similar story can be found in the "Great Gatsby," but the means of reaching for Ali's love by Noah is honorable, where Jay Gatsby's for Daisy's was not so, though they are equally intense. The timing of the story in "The Notebook" is better than that of the "Great Gatsby." The story deals with great themes that all of us face with sensitivity and insight: love, duty, growing old, family, relationships.
The scenery and setting are fitting and at times breathtakingly beautiful. The actors and actresses are certainly easy on the eyes. I highly recommend this film especially for those thinking about marriage, there own or others, before or after tying the knot.