The Notebook

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Overview

Directed by Nick Cassavetes, this adaptation of author Nicholas Sparks's bestselling novel revolves around Noah Calhoun's James Garner regular visits to a female patron Gena Rowlands of an area nursing home. Rather than bore her with the inanities of everyday life, Calhoun reads from an old, faded notebook containing the sweeping account of a young couple Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams whose love affair was tragically put to a halt after their separation in the midst of World War II. Seven years later, the ...
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Overview

Directed by Nick Cassavetes, this adaptation of author Nicholas Sparks's bestselling novel revolves around Noah Calhoun's James Garner regular visits to a female patron Gena Rowlands of an area nursing home. Rather than bore her with the inanities of everyday life, Calhoun reads from an old, faded notebook containing the sweeping account of a young couple Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams whose love affair was tragically put to a halt after their separation in the midst of World War II. Seven years later, the couple was reunited, and, despite having taken radically different paths, they found themselves unable to resist the call of a second chance. The Notebook also features Joan Allen, Sam Shepard, and Kevin Connolly. ~ Tracie Cooper
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Special Features

2 Commentaries: Director Nick Cassavetes and Novelist Nicholas Sparks; Deleted Scenes; 4 Featurettes:; All in the Family: Nick Cassavetes; Nicholas Sparks: A Simple Story, Well Told ; Southern Exposure: Locating The Notebook; Casting Rachel and Ryan; Rachael McAdam's Screen Test; Theatrical Trailer
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
If you enjoy a good old-fashioned “weepie,” this dreamlike adaptation of the Nicholas Sparks bestseller ought to be right up your alley. Simultaneously heartwarming and heartbreaking, The Notebook tells a deceptively simple and, indeed, familiar tale. It’s all about the star-crossed romance of small-town boy Noah Ryan Gosling and pampered princess Allie Rachel McAdams, who are thrown together one summer just before World War II. Allie’s upper-class parents insist that Noah isn’t right for their precious daughter and whisk her back to their hometown, where a dashing young lawyer James Marsden sweeps her off her feet. Fate reunites Noah and Allie after the war, and that’s when the story really gets interesting. We see this intimate tale being spun in a present-day retirement home, read from a notebook by an old gentleman James Garner to a friend suffering from Alzheimer’s Gena Rowlands. Viewers won’t be unduly strained to figure out how the current narrative relates to the 1940s part of the plot, but it doesn’t matter because that’s not what’s important. Director Nick Cassavetes Blow gives this timeworn material a contemporary spin, eliciting naturalistic performances from Gosling and McAdams and building to a predictable but nonetheless affecting climax. The period portions of the story have the same rich texture found in such nostalgic romances as The Way We Were and Summer of ‘42, with which The Notebook compares favorably. At one time movies like this one were called “three-hanky jobs” by cynical critics, and with good reason: When the closing credits rolled where we caught it, there wasn’t a dry eye in the theater.
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The only way The Notebook resembles anything on Nick Cassavetes's resumé is that it features his mother, Gena Rowlands. But this departure is a good thing. Too fixated early in his career on (poorly) imitating the gritty mannerisms of his father, iconoclast filmmaker John Cassavetes, the younger Cassavetes gives himself over here to a lyrical romance that takes place mostly in the 1940s. The clean production design of a period piece suits him well, and while it may not be grubby-fingernails real, The Notebook carries with it an undeniable believability. Nicholas Sparks's novel contains plenty of pat scenarios, but they possess a wonderful third dimension in the hands of the film's two exciting central performers: Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling. Both are effortlessly charming and likeable, giving fine personage to the young lovers who struggle against society's expectations of them. McAdams in particular is a revelation, proving as effective a flawed protagonist as she was an icy backstabber in Mean Girls -- though this is much subtler work. Adults who see The Notebook as a teen romance, despite its wartime setting, should be heartened by the Oscar nominees who fill out the cast, as Joan Allen and James Garner join Rowlands to add credibility. Although the framing story involving Garner and Rowlands sometimes seems like a distraction, it has a fulfilling enough resolution to work in concert with the main narrative. The constant between both time periods is Cassavetes's camera, which has the liberated feel of a child breaking free from his father's influence. John Cassavetes may not have shot many rowboats on swan-filled lakes, but his son seems to have matured to the realization that this, too, is a legitimate form of honest storytelling.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/4/2010
  • UPC: 794043140624
  • Original Release: 2004
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  • Source: New Line Home Video
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Language: English
  • Time: 2:04:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 8,374

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ryan Gosling Noah
Rachel McAdams Allie
James Garner Noah Calhoun
Gena Rowlands Allie Calhoun
James Marsden Lon Hammond
Kevin Connolly Fin
Sam Shepard Frank Calhoun
Joan Allen Anne Hamilton
David Thornton John Hamilton
Technical Credits
Nick Cassavetes Director
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Good Movie

    I loved this movie. it was so cute in the begging and throughout it was very well made!!!!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    The Notebook: Tantalizing

    This movie taken from a novel by Nicholas Sparks is everything you would want it to be. It's romance at it's best. It's a look into a lifetime of love through the eyes of an aging couple and done with supurb acting on the parts of everyone involved. One of my very favorites!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    pathetic glorification of adultery

    This movie is a pure hollywood acceptance of cheating and adultery. Just because something is cute does not make it good. If I acted upon every romantic possibility then i would have cheated much in my life. The way that rachel McAdams lies to her fiance the night before she cheats on him just made my skin cringe. Looking past the awful plot it was done reasonably well. That is hollywood for you. The budget was there for a worthless movie. This movie will go down as the ultimate glorification of adultery. the fact that so many people enjoy teh film makes me wonder about american society. It would be okay for me to return to my high school sweetheart because we never had closure. hmmmmm.... interesting. Cheating is cheating and lying is even worse.

    3 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    AMAZING!!!

    The movie The Notebook is by far one of my favorite movies that I own. It is a very romantic movie that plays on all your emotions. You can feel the love build between Noah and Ally as they start spending more time together throughout the summer, you can feel the hatred for Ally's parents as you watch them try to come between Ally and Noah, and you cannot help but cry at the ending because it is so sweet! The Notebook is definitely a chick flick, but it is not too over the top, so it is a movie that guys can also enjoy. I know many guys that have watched and really liked this movie. Girls, this is a movie that will leave you wanting and wishing for a prince charming to come and sweep you up off your feet, just like Noah did to Ally.
    The Notebook is about Ally, a rich girl from the city, who spends her summer in the south and meets Noah, a poor southern boy. During the first half of the movie you watch as Ally and Noah fall more and more in love and as the summer goes on they start spending every waking hour together. Ally's parents see the budding romance between Ally and Noah and try to come between them because they do not like Noah. You watch in horror as her parents manage to split them up at the end of the summer and you end up hating them for what they did to Ally and Noah. However, years later Ally and Noah find each other again and their love is ignited once again.
    The acting by Rachel McAdams, Ryan Gosling, James Garner, and Gena Rowland is phenomenal. They were able to get into their roles so well and really draw you into the movie. The portrayal of their different emotions really helps you to feel what they are feeling.
    The movie is rated PG 13 and I feel that it is a fair rating. There are a few intense love scenes and I do not think that these scenes would be appropriate for someone under 13. A little later in the film there is also a scene about the war that I would not recommend for someone under 13, as it is a little graphic.
    The Notebook is based off the novel written by Nicholas Sparks. Not having read the novel myself, I am not sure how well they go together. A sound track was released with the movie and it seems to be put together fairly well. The DVD comes with two disks, one that is the full screen version and a second that is the wide screen version and has all the special features. The special features include twelve deleted scenes with the optional director commentary and the option to watch the movie with commentary from the director and the author, Nicholas Sparks.
    All in all this is a great movie for a day that you want a romantic movie. I would recommend it to anyone!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Sweet Story

    What a touching movie...I watched with my teenage granddaughter and she liked it as well as I did. Good clean entertainment.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2014

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    As usual, Sparks doesn't disappoint with "The Notebook"

    As usual, Sparks doesn't disappoint with "The Notebook" as he weaves the tale of two teenagers, Noah and Allie, who meet one fateful summer and fall in love. Since the course of true love is never smooth, it should come as no surprise that Allie's parents do not approve of her relationship with Noah. He does not have the education, money, or social prominence they wish for their daughter. Allie and her parents move away and Noah writes to her for years, but after never receiving an answer gives up. WWII comes, lives change, but one thing remains constant---neither Allie nor Noah can forget the other. As Noah's friend Gus tells him, first love changes your life forever and no matter what else happens in your life, the memory of it stays with you. And so it is that fourteen years later and three weeks before her wedding, Allie finds herself driving to New Bern to find Noah for reasons she herself does not fully understand. Their reunion proves once again that they are true soul-mates, but it that enough? Can Allie forsake the "perfect mate" who has not only her love but also the approval of her parents? Can she walk out on Noah for a second time? Will Noah let her go? The story then skips to the nursing home where an 80-year old Noah resides and spends his time reading poetry to his fellow residents. But down the hall is a very special woman. The reader will be overcome with emotion as this relationship unfolds and the missing pieces of Noah and Allie's story are revealed in the notebook he carries with him. Intensely romantic and a tribute to the power of true love. A True tear jerker.

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  • Posted November 30, 2012

    truly extravagant,its really worth watching over and over again.

    truly extravagant,its really worth watching over and over again...

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  • Posted December 12, 2011

    Best Romance You'll Ever See!

    This is a great movie because it¿s romantic, a good story and its amazing. The movie is about two teenagers named Allie and Noah fell in love on a summer romance. They were quickly separated by Allies rich parents who didn¿t think that Noah wasn¿t right for her. Many years pasted away and when they meet again it was as if they fell in love all over again. Then Allie had to choose between Noah and her Fiancee This move is romantic because Allie and Noah fell in love by a night to then selves out watching the stop light and dancing in the road. Then when Allie was gone Noah bought the house he wanted and fixed it the way Allie said she wanted it. When Allie moved back to town for a couple days she went to Noah¿s house to visit him because she saw him in the news paper and fell back in love with him and so she dumped her Fiancee so she could marry Noah. Then at the end Noah and Allie die together in the same bed. This movie is a great love story because Noah and Allie have a life time love when there far away from each other. This movie is amazing because the actors in the movie is like it really happening right I front of you. When Allie and Noah is mad they really look mad because, they scream at each other and slap each other and everything a mad couple would do, In he movie when there sad they look like there really upset when they start to tear up and start crying. It¿s just so amazing and realistic get it now. You seriously need to buy The Notebook right away. So get off your lazy butt off the computer and get it now! You will NEVER regret buying this movie! This movie is just wonderful! You will love it and I know that for a fact. You can get it at Wal Mart K mart anywhere! That¿s the great part about it! If you have Netflix or anything like that watch it now!

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  • Posted May 15, 2011

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    Touching and Sad

    This movie is both touching and sad. Johnnyme you are intitled to your own opinion but i must say i disagree. This movie is not about adultrey, its about how we make mistakes and how we are not perfect because we are only human. But this woman is a little strange i'll admit. I dont get her. i understand her point of view however....

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  • Posted April 18, 2011

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    The Notebook

    Ah,the classic movie that everyone has watched or has heard about,So utterly romantic and touching and also so heartbreaking.A beautiful story of two unlikely loves and how they overcame everything,The last part where Noah as an old man reads their story to a dementia stricken Allie and having her finally remember was so sweet but the moment she forgot,it was so heart shattering for Noah and the watchers.I can now see why the notebook was so significant.Nicholas Sparks never disappoints when it comes to real romances.

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  • Posted October 18, 2010

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

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

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 18, 2010

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

    boring from the very begining to the very end!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 18, 2010

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

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

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    heartbreaking ending

    keep a box a tissue with you

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    OMG THE BEST EVER

    THIS IS THE BEST LOVE STORY EVER. THIS IS MY FAVORITE MOVIE. THE WAY NOAH LOVED ALLY WAS UNCONDITIONAL. MY BOYFRIEND DOESNT LIKE ROMANCE MOVIES BUT THIS IS ONE ROMANCE MOVIE THAT HE WILL WATCH WITH ME. BE SURE TO HAVE THE BOX OF TISSUES WHEN YOU WATCH THIS MOVIE. I CAN WATCH THIS MOVIE OVER AND OVER AND STILL SHED TEARS EVERY TIME I SEE IT. YOU WILL LOVE IT. THE CHARACTERS, THE PLOT, IT ALL WORKED TOGETHER.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    A MUST SEE!!!

    This is by far one of my favorite romance movies. This movie is incredibly romantic, from the beginning till end. I cried my eyes out with the end though. This movie is a must have in your movie collection. The movie is basically a Romeo and Juliette in the 1940s. Ally a rich girl from the city falls in love with a poor, southern boy, named Noah. After their intense romance in the summer Ally's parents forbid her to see him. But their love is too strong to be shattered. It's not until seven years do they rekindle their love.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    "The Notebook"

    This is the BEST love story ever! Very emotional with the use of all feelings of happiness, anger, sadness, etc. The film was so well portrayed and acted out that one would think it was based on a true story. Brilliant acting by everyone!

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    A love Story

    A good chick flick, gets all the emotions,, best to leave your man friend to watch football while this is on,, ,, but glad I bought it, and will watch it again,, with a cup of tea,,

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great movie

    I gave this to 2 of my daughters. It is my favorite movie. My 1 daughter could never catch it on tv when her husband was not home. Now she can watch it anytime. My other daughter love it also

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    a real tear-jerker and a MUST SEE if you believe in true love

    If you have a dry eye at the end of this movie, you would have to be stone cold. I've seen grown (and young) men cry at this movie (I love a guy who isn't afraid to express his true emotions - a real man). Although the story focuses mostly on the main couple in their youthful years, it is the portion of the movie about the couple in their sunset years that will make your lips quiver and your eyes shed a tear (or more). I think most anyone would like to experience a love like this in their lifetime, a truly passionate and un-dying love. And that KISS...hell yeah, that kiss... watch the movie and you'll know EXACTLY what I'm talking about!

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