The Notebook is a 2004 romantic drama directed by Nick Cassavettes. The film begins with Duke reading a romantic story to an old woman suffering from dementia in a nursing home. We then see how the story plays out. It’s 1940, we meet Allie Hamilton, a wealthy 17-year summer vacation on Seabrook Island. Noah Calhoun is a local worker who belongs to a working class. Allie and Noah run into each other during a carnival and soon fall in love. Noah dreams of buying and restoring an old house to which he will one day take Allie. They try to make love in that house, but their friend interrupts the tender moment. Allie and Noah belong to two different classes, and this becomes a hindrance to their love. Allie’s parents disapprove of her romance and eventually move to New York with her.
While Noah writes letters after letters to Allie, her mother makes sure they can’t reach her. Three years have passed, and Noah has enlisted in the United States Army – it’s World War II. Allie also works in the military as a nurse. She meets wounded soldier Lon Hammond in the hospital. When the war is over, they meet again and date for a while before Lon finally proposes. Elsewhere, Noah has finally bought and restored that old house he brought Allie to. One day, Allie comes across Noah’s photo in a newspaper. With the love for Noah still in her heart, Allie goes to visit him at his house. Allie is already engaged to Lon, but still has feelings for Noah, and she has to choose between the two.
Cast, crew and awards
The film is Nick Cassavette’s directorial debut. Jeremy Leven and Jan Sardi wrote the screenplay, which is based on the 1996 novel by Nicholas Sparks. The film stars Ryan Gosling, Rachel McAdams, James Garner, Gena Rowlands, James Marsden, Kevin Connolly, Sam Shepherd and Joan Allen. Lynn Harris and Mark Johnson produced the film for Gran Via. Aaron Zigman composed the music while Robert Fraisse was responsible for the cinematography. Alan Heim served as the editor. The film, distributed by New Line Cinema, hit theaters on June 25, 2004 and received mixed reviews from critics. However, it became a commercial hit, grossing over $ 116 million on a budget of $ 29 million. It has also won multiple awards, including a Teen Choice Awards and an MTV Movie Award. Since its release, it has developed cult status.
Ryan Gosling stars as Noah Calhoun. Rachel McAdams plays Allison “Allie” Hamilton. James Garner plays an older Noah Calhoun, while Gena Rowlands plays the older Allie Calhoun. Joan Allen plays Anne Hamilton, James Marsden plays Lon Hammond Jr., and Jamie Brown plays Martha Shaw. Sam Shepherd plays Frank Calhoun, David Thornton plays John Hamilton, Kevin Connolly plays Fin and Heather Wahlquist plays Sara Tuffington. Ed Grady plays Harry, Obba Babatunde plays the band leader and Mark Johnson plays the photographer.
Is the notebook based on a true story?
Nicholas Sparks told about the real-life story that inspired The Notebook on his website. The film’s story, as he writes, was based on the grandparents of his now ex-wife Cathey. And their story would have been much sweeter than the movie as the book was much sweeter than the movie. Where the characters in the movie and their decisions feel real, the book is like a melodramatic fairytale. And I bet the real story was something like that too. That’s because, as Sparks writes on his website, their love was as passionate as ever, even after 60 years of marriage.
Sparks wrote how he loved their story so much. However, what he remembers most, as he writes, is the way they treated each other. “The way his eyes sparkled when he looked at her, the way he held her hand, the way he fetched her tea and took care of her,” Sparks wrote of the couple. He also tells how the way they treated each other was the way a newly married couple would. Well, please, that’s the heartwarming, true-to-life story that inspired the movie.
You can stream The Notebook on Netflix.
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