The Notebook

Genre:  Drama, Romance
Running Time:  123 min.
Release Date: June 25, 2004
DVD: February 8, 2005

Current rating: Rating: 4.04
based on 104006 votes and 777 reviews
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Cast: James Garner, Joan Allen, Gena Rowlands, Sam Shepard, Ryan Gosling, Rachel McAdams

Inspiration: Nicholas Sparks


A man (James Garner) reads from his faded notebook to a woman in a nursing home (Gena Rowlands). The story he tells follows the lives of two North Carolina teens from very different worlds (Ryan Gosling, Rachel McAdams). Though her upbringing takes place in an antebellum mansion and he grew up in the kind of house where musicians jam on the porch, that doesn't stop Noah and Allie from spending one indelible summer together before they are separated, first by her parents and then by WWII.

After the soldiers come home, everything is different. Allie is engaged to a successful businessman and Noah lives alone with his memories in a 200-year-old house he lovingly restores. But when Allie sees an article in a local paper about Noah's handiwork, she knows that she's got to find him and make a decision once and for all about the path her life and her love must take.

Director: Nick Cassavetes
Studio: Alliance Films
Producer(s): Mark Johnson, Lynn Harris
Screenplay: Jan Sardi, Jeremy Leven
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  • 5 stars "The best love story of all time. Absolutely beautiful."
  • 3 stars "You'll hate me, but I must tell the truth. I grew up with parents in show business and met many stars over many years. No one today can hold a candle to Katie Hepburn, Burt Lancaster, Charles Laughton, Edward G. Robinson, Olivia de Havilland and more. The Notebook is however an artistic effort combining lush backgrounds and sensual performances. But it's not "Wuthering Heights" or "Of Human Bondage." B+"
  • 5 stars "i loved the movie, could watch it over and over again, ryan did an amazzzzing job, and he iss verrry sexxiii <3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3"