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Adapted from author Nicholas Sparks' popular romance novel, director George C. Wolfe's Nights in Rodanthe tells the tale of a doctor Richard Gere en route to reconcile with his estranged son when his benevolent mission is sidelined upon checking into a North Carolina beach-town inn. When the doctor arrives at the inn, he enters into a passionate affair with an unhappily married woman Diane Lane who is currently considering divorce.
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Overview

Adapted from author Nicholas Sparks' popular romance novel, director George C. Wolfe's Nights in Rodanthe tells the tale of a doctor Richard Gere en route to reconcile with his estranged son when his benevolent mission is sidelined upon checking into a North Carolina beach-town inn. When the doctor arrives at the inn, he enters into a passionate affair with an unhappily married woman Diane Lane who is currently considering divorce.
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Special Features

In Rodanthe: An Intimate look at Nights In Rodanthe with Singer-Songwriter Emmylou Harris; The Nature of Love; Lost in the Hurricane; Alternate Scenes and commentary by Director George Wolfe; A Time for Love {An intimate look at one of literatures great over-achievers and the passions that inspired his fourteen best; selling novels.; Music Video; Gavin Rossdale "Love Remains the Same"
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Nathan Southern
In her classic tome From Reverence to Rape, longtime Village Voice critic Molly Haskell reflects on the deliberate way in which many films of classic Hollywood gave greater contours to the dramatic outlines of our daily lives and emotional experiences, creating a heightened artificiality -- an emotional magnification that many viewers naturally warmed to as a product of self-identification or, more commonly, self-aspiration. In this context, glossy depictions of romantic love naturally took first place by default. Those observations come to mind while watching Nights in Rodanthe, an unabashedly contrived, but not entirely unsuccessful Hollywood romance from director George C. Wolfe, scripted by John Romano and Ann Peacock, and adapted from the best-seller by Nicholas Sparks. Diane Lane stars as Adrienne Willis, a divorcée-to-be raising her two kids a soft-spoken, bespectacled little boy, and a rebellious teenage daughter decked out in "alternative" apparel and a tattoo after her husband committed an injustice and abandoned the family. When her hubby comes waltzing back in on all fours in an attempt to right his wrongdoings and re-embrace the relationship, she hesitates before recommitting to him; before giving him a definitive answer, she heads off to a gorgeous seaside inn at Rodanthe on North Carolina's Cape Hatteras -- having agreed to watch over the property during her friend's the proprietor's temporary absence. The only guest during this period happens to be Dr. Paul Flanner Richard Gere a handsome but deeply troubled surgeon, still reeling from an operation that resulted in a patient's death on the table. He's arrived in Rodanthe at the bequest of the deceased's elderly widower Scott Glenn, who wants to make amends with him. He's also grown estranged from his philanthropist son, who's off in Central America providing free medical assist to the natives -- and the heartbroken Paul, who longs to reconcile with his son, plans to fly off to the jungles to make amends with the young man, following his stay in Rodanthe. One wouldn't be spoiling any surprises to indicate that Adrienne and Paul fall madly, passionately in love, or that the bulk of the film rests entirely on this, with a hurricane practically driving them into each other's arms in the cozy interiors of the B&B as the rain courses against the building outside. The film also functions as a kind of elated women's fantasy that practically every female on the planet can delve into -- not merely finding herself in a picturesque, deserted seaside inn with a physician who looks like Richard Gere over the course of a long weekend, but encountering full emotional validation from the good doctor "Any man would be foolish who doesn't realize how incredibly lucky he is to have you," Gere rhapsodizes to Lane, with a broken, trembling voice and finding that she can reach out to her partner and heal wounds in this stallion who possesses a tough exterior but a soft, sensitive, and yielding heart. So far, so good. It may be an easy film to mock, and it has nothing in the way of genuinely interesting, deep characters, but up until a point, it works satisfactorily. For the first 80 minutes, even if we merely seem to be gazing upon the surfaces from a copy of Architectural Digest crossed with a Spiegel catalogue not to mention the gorgeous faces and bodies of Lane and Gere there are admittedly guilty pleasures to be had from this formula, especially for women. More important, one finds oneself first begrudgingly, then flexibly, opening up to the emotional sweep and rapture of this romance. And we accept the tearjerking sorrow when Paul temporarily leaves Adrienne to fly off to Central America and assist his son in the jungles. Soon, the two are shuttling impassioned, erotic letters off to one another, dreaming of their reunion. But not so fast -- the story doesn't end there. It adds just one massive, final twist that at least attempts to turn the film from a moving romance into a heart-rending, devastating tearjerker. And it is here, at the 90-minute mark, that the picture turns into a complete betrayal, a ludicrous, assaultive punch in the jaw to any viewer who dared buy into the manipulation that came before. One can almost hear the filmmakers rationalizing the ending -- "Hey, in real life, tragedy happens." Sure, of course it does. No one will ever argue with that. The problem with this rationale is that nothing in the prior hour and a half of Nights in Rodanthe remotely indicates that what is happening on the screen was the least bit real; by accepting the artificiality and the contrivance, headlined by these two megastars of the silver screen, we're inherently trusting the scriptwriters with our emotions. Therefore, as soon as the said final twist happens, it feels like a gross betrayal of tone and a mocking insult to everyone who dared believe in the romance. Some members of the audience will invariably find themselves weeping or sobbing, but many many others will find it easier to shut off their hearts and emotions, writing off the film at that point as merely an exploitative, manipulative attempt to jerk the audience around -- and a nasty, sick joke. It's a real shame, because on a slick, glossy, and extremely superficial level, the first 80-90 minutes actually pull the audience in, in spite of the contrivances. Should one write off the entire film because of the wretched ending? That's up to the individual viewer to decide.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/10/2009
  • UPC: 085391186465
  • Original Release: 2008
  • Rating:

  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Subtitled / Full Frame / Dubbed
  • Time: 1:37:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 7,866

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Richard Gere Dr. Paul Flanner
Diane Lane Adrienne Willis
Christopher Meloni Jack
Viola Davis Jean
Becky Ann Baker Dot
Scott Glenn Robert Torrelson
Linda Molloy Jill Torrelson
Pablo Schreiber Charlie Torrelson
Mae Whitman Amanda
Charlie Tahan Danny
Carolyn McCormick Jenny
Ted Manson Old Gus
Ato Essandoh Jean's Lover
Terri Johnson Medical Resident
Jessica Lucas Admiring Nurse
Marisela Ramirez Ecuadorian Patient
Kimberly Sauls Pregnant Woman
Irene Ziegler Real Estate Woman
Dihedry Aguilar Bus Passenger
William D. Hooper Fisherman
Hal Scarborough Ferry Boat Captain
Candy Dennis Ferry Woman
Gail Lane Ferry Woman
Chookie Ramsey Ferry Woman
Betsy Duke Ferry Woman
James Franco
Technical Credits
George C. Wolfe Director
Affonso Beato Cinematographer
Bruce Berman Executive Producer
Patrizia Von Brandenstein Production Designer
Doug Claybourne Executive Producer
William G. Davis Art Director
Denise Di Novi Producer
Victoria Farrell Costumes/Costume Designer
Cameron Frankley Sound/Sound Designer
Dana Goldberg Executive Producer
Alison Greenspan Executive Producer
Van A. Hayden Asst. Director
Brian A. Kates Editor
Lynn Kressel Casting
Thomas Minton Art Director
Ann Peacock Screenwriter
John Romano Screenwriter
Jeanine Tesori Score Composer
Susumu Tokunow Sound/Sound Designer
Paul Varrieur Camera Operator
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Scene Index

Disc #1, Side A -- Nights in Rodanthe - Fullscreen
1. Going Places. [7:44]
2. Don't Play Me. [2:33]
3. Only Guest. [4:04]
4. Dinner For Two. [5:17]
5. Just Say Good Night. [2:59]
6. Since When Is It "We?" [2:45]
7. Nothing to Say. [4:02]
8. Held Responsible. [3:59]
9. Their Kids. [3:24]
10. Spirit Gods and Wishes. [3:37]
11. Cleanup Music. [4:51]
12. Color of Her Eyes. [3:15]
13. Eye of the Storm. [5:31]
14. Assuming Blame. [2:36]
15. The Lucky Man. [2:28]
16. Now You Know. [4:31]
17. Celebration. [4:02]
18. Paul's Plan. [3:49]
19. Love Letters. [5:18]
20. Her Visitor. [2:50]
21. Sad News. [3:22]
22. Final Note. [4:50]
23. Another Kind of Love. [3:01]
24. In the Wind. [2:30]
25. End Credits. [3:21]
Disc #1, Side B -- Nights in Rodanthe - Widescreen
1. Going Places. [7:44]
2. Don't Play Me. [2:33]
3. Only Guest. [4:04]
4. Dinner For Two. [5:17]
5. Just Say Good Night. [2:59]
6. Since When Is It "We?" [2:45]
7. Nothing to Say. [4:02]
8. Held Responsible. [3:59]
9. Their Kids. [3:24]
10. Spirit Gods and Wishes. [3:37]
11. Cleanup Music. [4:51]
12. Color of Her Eyes. [3:15]
13. Eye of the Storm. [5:31]
14. Assuming Blame. [2:36]
15. The Lucky Man. [2:28]
16. Now You Know. [4:31]
17. Celebration. [4:02]
18. Paul's Plan. [3:49]
19. Love Letters. [5:18]
20. Her Visitor. [2:50]
21. Sad News. [3:22]
22. Final Note. [4:50]
23. Another Kind of Love. [3:01]
24. In the Wind. [2:30]
25. End Credits. [3:21]
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted October 18, 2010

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    one very lame boring movie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    one very very very lame boring long easily forgettable movie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Posted October 18, 2010

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    one seriously lame boring movie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    one very long boring movie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Unforgetable characters

    Although different from the book, it was such a beautiful story and so well done by Richard Gere and Diane Lane two of my favorites together. It was total magnitism between the two, once again. Hope they continue to work together. Have tried to read as many Nicholas Sparks books as possible since I first discovered his writings last year. How wonderful they have been made into movies.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    A Breath of Fresh Air!!!

    Great love story! Very emotional! Beautiful scenery and both actors supurb! They are beautiful together! I don't usually see movies twice. This one will be the first and I will probably want to own it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Nights in Rodanthe

    I was very disappointed in the movie. I expected more. After having read the book I felt they did no justice to the story. They, in my opinion did not follow the story. Why not write it as looking back over her life as she helps her daughter deal with her loss.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Very Romantic

    A very good story that makes you cry and laugh.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Escapism, pure & simple

    Despite a strong cast & intoxicating setting, the choppy waters of the sea, mirror the choppiness "Night's in Rodanthe". Even though it surpasses the contriteness of the original book, the script & editing could use some help, especially in the first half of the movie. As the movie unfolds, the forced feeling eases up some. This movie is pure escapism.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Beautiful Love Story!

    Nicholas Sparks's Nights in Rodanthe is beautifully transformed to movie. I can't wait for the next movie based on a book by Nicholas Sparks!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Nights in Rodanthe - Lacking that Romantic Touch

    I really wanted to love this movie as Richard Gere and Diane Lane are two of my favorite actors. However, the movie was very disappointing. The story line should have worked with these 2 actors, but I found the movie
    very superficial and less than satisfying.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Extremely touching

    A very emotional movie. Fantastically written, it's another great Nicholas Sparks love story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Nice movie

    It's a little slow but the story is good and the characters are great. Nicholas Sparks is an excellent writer.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Vivid but not acurate

    The movie was just wonderful IF you didn't read the book first.
    The book was fantastic and the movie should of been also BUT the script changed the things that happened, changed the sequence and changed the dialog. What a real disservice to a great author and book.
    Otherwise it was a real good movie and fantastic actors.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    TOTAL TEAR-JERKER!! AWESOME MOVIE!!

    This movie is definitely on my fav. list! If you've ever read the book or seen the movie "P.S. I Love You", this movie is right up there with it. I just watched the movie a couple days ago, and I knew even partially through the movie that I HAVE to go get the book!!

    If this is one of your fav's, I'd highly reccomend PS I Love You. Both the book and the movie. For me, just like how it'll be with Nights in Rodanthe, I saw the movie before I read the book. When I read PS I Love You, I kept picturing scenes from the movie in my head. I hope the book for this will be just the same.

    This is a great movie for cuddling on the couch with a warm blanket (and some tissues!) at night, alone or with a friend(s). Definitely a "Chick-Flick", unless you have a guy friend/boyfriend,etc. who likes these kinds of movies. Hope you enjoy this as much as I did!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A second chance at love

    This movie showed two people taking a risk at a second chance for love and happiness. Even with the twist, it helped you realize that you have to take risks to get rewards. The risk of a broken heart allowed true love to begin.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    nights in rodanthe

    I saw this movie in the theaters, and cried at the end so long.
    I liked the movie so much that I purchased it on line before it came out.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    um ... chick movie?

    I watched this movie on Valentine's Day with my wife, and she liked it. I zoned out, but I didn't fall asleep. To be honest, I kept wondering who in their right mind would build a 3-story house on stilts over the Atlantic Ocean. Who would insure it? How do you heat it? These thoughts kept me preoccupied for 90 minutes.<BR/><BR/>Look, I'm clearly not the target audience for a story like this, but guys - if you want to please your wife, rent this. It'll buy you credits for some inane guy movie. I'm thinking Death Race.<BR/><BR/>I love Diane Lane, so that was a plus for me. I can't stand Richard Gere, so that was a minus. All in all, I survived.<BR/><BR/>I sat through The Notebook on a flight out west several years ago, and if I could have opened the doors to the jet, i would have jumped out. This movie was somewhat better. I thought the last 15 minutes were pretty good, even though the ending was clearly telegraphed. Again - Diane Lane saved this movie (for me).

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    bring on the tissues

    For those of you who have not read the book before seeing this movie make sure to have a box of tissues. It is a very emotional movie. Perfect to help the watcher believe that people can change/ rediscover themselves after a heartbreak/ breakup of a marriage. Happiness is out there. An emotional journey. A wonderful movie!

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