The Notebook

Release Date: June 25, 2004

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40/92 David Mumpower James Garner and Rachel McAdams make a mediocre film tolerable.
59/133 Dan Krovich Conventional material elevated by talented filmmakers and cast
65/126 Kim Hollis Personally devastating due to real-life circumstances, but a solid weeper.

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Nicholas Sparks sure has made a name for himself. Who is Nicholas Sparks, you say? Well, he wrote the novels that became the movies Message in a Bottle, A Walk to Remember, and this one are based on. An impressive cast has also been brought together for this effort, including veteran stars such as James Garner and Gena Rowlands along with up-and-comers Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling.

Our story follows a retired salesman (Garner) who regularly visits an elderly woman (Rowlands), who is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. She is alone at a nursing home and he goes in regularly to read to her from a notebook that she keeps on her shelf. The story this man is reading is shown to us in flashback form.

This faded and worn notebook tells the story of two young men (Gosling and Kevin Connolly), who were both courting the same girl (Rachel McAdams) in North Carolina during World War II. The war tears them apart and the woman and one of the men are reunited after 14 years, when their lives take them in different directions. As the reading of the notebook continues, it soon becomes clear that this man is one of the suitors and the patient is the young woman he was courting those many years ago.

This film has had quite a history. It’s been in development at New Line Cinema since 1995. There have been many rumors about who would take which roles with mention of stars such as Tom Cruise, Matt Damon, Ashley Judd, and many, many others. On the directorial side, there have also been many candidates such as Steven Spielberg, Jim Sheridan, and Martin Campbell before settling on Nick Cassavetes. (Marty Doskins/BOP)

Vital statistics for The Notebook
Main Cast Ryan Gosling, Rachel McAdams
Supporting Cast Joan Allen, James Garner, Gena Rowlands, Sam Shepard, Kevin Connolly, Heather Wahlquist, Meredith Zealy
Director Nick Cassavetes
Screenwriter Jeremy Leven
Distributor New Line Cinema
Trailer Click Here for Trailer
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Rating PG-13
Running Time 121 minutes
Screen Count 2,303
Awards Awards page for The Notebook
Talent in red has entry in The Big Picture

Comparison films for The Notebook
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John Q 2/15/0223.61 24.54 2466 9575.00 9575.0 71.03 73.84 3.01
Message In A Bottle 2/12/9916.71 19.91 2538 6584.00 7517.2 52.80 62.92 2.80
Walk To Remember, A 1/25/0212.18 12.66 2411 5051.00 5051.0 41.23 42.86 3.39
Legend of Bagger Vance 11/3/0011.52 12.88 2061 5590.00 6015.2 30.70 34.34 2.66
Hot Chick, The 12/13/027.40 7.69 2217 3338.00 3338.0 35.08 36.47 4.71
She's So Lovely 8/29/972.39 3.13 824 2900.00 3664.5 7.24 9.51 2.39
Believer, The 5/17/020.03 0.03 4 6559.00 6559.0 0.41 0.42 15.46



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