Dear John
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Dear John

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Director: Lasse Hallström

Cast: Channing Tatum, Amanda Seyfried


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Director Lasse Hallström and screenwriter Jamie Linden collaborate to adapt author Nicholas Sparks' novel about a young soldier who falls for an idealistic college girl. Savannah Curtis (Amanda Seyfried) was on spring break when she first…  See more details below


Director Lasse Hallström and screenwriter Jamie Linden collaborate to adapt author Nicholas Sparks' novel about a young soldier who falls for an idealistic college girl. Savannah Curtis (Amanda Seyfried) was on spring break when she first met John Tyree (Channing Tatum), who was home on temporary leave. For the smitten soldier it was practically love at first sight. Over the course of the next seven years, when each deployment seemed more treacherous than the last, the love letters that Savannah sent to John were one of the only things that kept him going. However, those loving and heartfelt correspondences would ultimately yield consequences that neither the brave soldier nor his one true love could have ever foreseen.

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All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
For a film that fits so snugly into the tried-and-true formula of star-crossed lovers, Dear John is full of pleasant surprises. The setup is a familiar one: In February of 2001, 21-year-old Special Forces officer John Tyree (Channing Tatum) meets college student Savannah Curtis (Amanda Seyfried) while he's on leave and she's on spring break. After a two-week courtship, they have sworn their eternal love and promise to get back together in one year after his tour is up and she graduates with a special education teaching degree. In the meantime, they exchange letters -- since he's being transferred all around the globe, snail mail turns out to be the most intimate, reliable form of communication they have (besides, an old-fashioned love story is no place for texts and e-mails). Everything seems to be on track for their eventual happy ending, until the terrorist attacks of September 11 prompt Tyree to re-up, a decision that breaks Savannah's heart -- and leads her to eventually write him the kind of "Dear John" letter he never expected to receive. For a plot as ancient as this one to work, the leads need to sell the deep romantic attachment, and Seyfried and Tatum accomplish this right from the start; from the moment they first see each other on the beach, their chemistry has a sweet fizz. The opening 20 minutes establishes their connection in a very low-key, realistic series of scenes in which they get to know each other a little bit at a time -- just as the audience does. But as any savvy moviegoer knows, the trick to a great romance is to make the forces -- either external or internal -- that keep our lovebirds apart believable. And in that way, Dear John offers up something rather unique -- the dynamic between Tyree and his autistic father, played by the ever-reliable Richard Jenkins. Though the film never comes right out and says it, Tyree's inability to express himself, his awkwardness and discomfort with emotional directness, stems more from being raised by an autistic single parent than from some old-school "man's man" approach to the world. It's a refreshing approach to a stereotypical character, and Tatum, who has never shown this much range or subtlety in the past, rises to the occasion. His tearful moments are heartbreakers, not because the director pushes the audience by ladling a syrupy score over the scenes or prods his actors toward histrionics, but because Tatum and the screenwriter have created a unique three-dimensional character whose terse exterior makes it so difficult for him to release the pent-up emotions roiling inside him. Be aware, this is a markedly somber movie. Because it treats Tyree's internal life with such clear-eyed intimacy, Dear John is as much a psychological drama as it is the kind of love story that will resonate with hopeless romantics, and everyone involved deserves credit for finding just the right tone to keep both these elements at the forefront. It's a surprisingly effective spin on a very old-fashioned story.

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Product Details

Release Date:
Original Release:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
[Wide Screen]
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
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Special Features

Alternate ending; Outtakes; Deleted and alternate scenes; A conversation with Channing Tatum, Amanda Seyfried, and Lasse Hallström

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Channing Tatum John Tyree
Amanda Seyfried Savannah Curtis
Richard Jenkins Mr. Tyree,Actor
Henry Thomas Actor,Tim
D.J. Cotrona Noodles
Scott Porter Actor,Randy
Cullen Moss Rooster (Dan Rooney)
Gavin McCulley Starks
Jose Lucena Berry
Keith Robinson Captain Stone
Leslea Fisher Susan
William Howard Daniels
David Andrews Mr. Curtis
Mary Rachel Dudley Mrs. Curtis
Bryce Hayes Yellow Shirt
R. Braeden Reed 6 Years Old Alan
Luke Benward 14 Years Old Alan
Tom Stearns Coin Dealer #1
Michael Harding Coin Dealer #2
Brett Rice Pastor
David Dwyer Steve the Owner
Anthony Osment Other Surfer
Jim Wenthe Professor
Matt Blue Doctor
Lauree Bradway Party Guest #1
Glenn M. Tatum Party Guest #2
Martin Coleman Bowen Party Guest #3
Steven O'Connor Colonel Kittrick
Maxx Hennard Berg
Jessica Lucas Nurse
Teresa Smith Tim's Nurse
Shelley Reid Airport Security Guard
Cenk Otay Screaming Man
Russell A. Turner Adams
Lisa Burrascano Woman in Pink
Mary Fischer Helpful Nurse

Technical Credits
Lasse Hallström Director
Kristina Boden Editor
Marty Bowen Producer
Dana Campbell Costumes/Costume Designer
Joanna Colbert Casting
Michael Disco Associate Producer
Toby Emmerich Executive Producer
Mark Fincannon Casting
Lisa Mae Fincannon Casting
Craig Fincannon Casting
Mark Garner Art Director
Cara Giallanza Asst. Director
Stephanie Girard Set Decoration/Design
Wyck Godfrey Producer
Ken Halsband Co-producer
Ryan Kavanaugh Producer
Season Kent Musical Direction/Supervision
Jamie Linden Co-producer,Screenwriter
Kara Lindstrom Production Designer
Deborah Lurie Score Composer
Richard Mento Casting
Jeremiah Samuels Executive Producer
Terry Stacey Cinematographer
Tucker Tooley Executive Producer
Happy Walters Musical Direction/Supervision
Michelle Weiss Executive Producer
Michele Weiss Executive Producer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Dear John
1. Scene 1 [5:16]
2. Scene 2 [2:41]
3. Scene 3 [4:32]
4. Scene 4 [1:01]
5. Scene 5 [4:22]
6. Scene 6 [4:16]
7. Scene 7 [2:40]
8. Scene 8 [4:34]
9. Scene 9 [1:30]
10. Scene 10 [3:32]
11. Scene 11 [4:12]
12. Scene 12 [1:26]
13. Scene 13 [5:24]
14. Scene 14 [2:09]
15. Scene 15 [3:50]
16. Scene 16 [4:09]
17. Scene 17 [4:32]
18. Scene 18 [3:00]
19. Scene 19 [2:45]
20. Scene 20 [3:22]
21. Scene 21 [5:08]
22. Scene 22 [2:44]
23. Scene 23 [4:23]
24. Scene 24 [4:41]
25. Scene 25 [4:18]
26. Scene 26 [4:21]
27. Scene 27 [:49]
28. Scene 28 [2:29]


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Dear John 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 37 reviews.
DietrichN More than 1 year ago
"Dear John", a sappy, romantic love story based on a novel by Nicholas Sparks, directed by Lasse Hallstorm, is a film that will leave you wanting more at the beginning and crying by the end. The movie begins as John (Channing Tatum) having a rough childhood with his father. John is on leave from the Army when he meets Savannah (Amanda Seyfried) after retrieving her purse from the ocean. They quickly become more than just friends. John must depart again to go overseas and he promises Savannah that he will marry her when he completes his deployment. When John was overseas, Savannah and he would write each other letters back and forth telling each other what was going on in each other's life at the time. John is excited to come back home to Savannah, but because of 9/11 John feels the duty to reenlist in the Army. After a few years of being away from each other, Savannah writes one finally letter to John, it starts with Dear John and ends with a simple good-bye. Channing Tatum and Amanda Seyfried make this movie seen real. Tatum potrays the role John perfectly; having a muscular guy be and an Army solider is how the audience usually imagines how a solider would be. Seyfried is a beautiful women falling for a solider, mostly an everyday life thing for some people, makes herself a secure person wanting to fulfill her dreams. Their chemistry shows the love for one another and makes the audiences want more and will never have them take their eyes off the screen. The movie and the book of "Dear John" are similar but some of the places were different. The story is about people sharing a moment in time and bringing something to each other's life. The movie is about a bumpy road to get to love and how enduring love can overcome those pitfall moments in life. So there really are two different endings. The book is more of a realistic ending but the movie has more of the Hollywood ending, the happy ever after ending. I personally love happy ever after endings. "Dear John" is on of my all-time favorite movies since 2010. The film is the perfect romance film, drama war film, and romantic drama that I have ever seen in my life time. The movie brings in a real life twist to a natural heartbreak that always happens in your life sometimes, also it will make you wish you were on the set while they were filiming to get the whole inside touch on the whole movie. I would personally give this movie 4 hearts out of 5!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
it was indeed a great movie for me!! Channing Tatum and Amanda played their role very well! i so love it!!!!
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books2 More than 1 year ago
This was a great adaptation from a book to a movie. I really think that Channing Tatum was a little stiff,but it did not detract from the message of the movie. I have to say I thought Amanda Seyfried did a good job in this roll and she was very believable as the female lead. I Love,love,love Nicholas Sparks and his ability to tell a love story that is not without the trials and pain that exist in real life. I thought it was a great portrayal of John's father, and his experience in dealing with Asperger's syndrome while raising a son alone. It was wonderful to see a realistic, yet positive situation of someone dealing with the affects of autism. Overall a great love story with its share of tears. Worth seeing!
brookie06 More than 1 year ago
This was a good movie. The reason for four stars is because the end was disappointing in my opinion. Other than that it was good.
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