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The Notebook

The Notebook

The Notebook

  • Directed by Nick Cassavetes
  • Starring Rachel McAdams, Ryan Gosling, Gena Rowlands, James Garner, Joan Allen, James Marsden
  • USA | 124mins | 2004 | rated (12A)

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins


Film runtime: 2h 4m

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A honey-dipped love story starring Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams.

This sweeping romance from director Nick Cassavetes (son of Gena Rowlands and John Cassavetes), set in a small coastal town in the American South - partly in the 1940s, and partly in the present day. In the present day scenes, an elderly man (James Garner) reads from a faded notebook to an old woman (Rowlands) whom he regularly visits at her nursing home. As he reads, a passionate love story unfolds about a young couple - Noah Calhoun and Allie Hamilton (played in flashback scenes by Gosling and McAdams).

This film vaults past our defenses. We can see the characters falling and staying in love, feel the reasons. Garner and Rowlands, Gosling and McAdams give us that gift and it's no small present.