The Notebook [Blu-ray] (Bilingual)
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- Aspect Ratio : 2.35:1
- Language : English, French
- Parcel Dimensions : 18.03 x 13.76 x 1.48 cm; 81.65 Grams
- Director : Nick Cassavetes
- Media Format : NTSC, Blu-ray
- Run time : 2 hours and 4 minutes
- Release date : May 25 2010
- Actors : Ryan Gosling, Rachel McAdams, James Garner, Gena Rowlands, Joan Allen
- Subtitles: : English, Spanish
- Studio : eOne Films Distribution
- Producers : Avram 'Butch' Kaplan, Lynn Harris, Mark Johnson, Toby Emmerich
- ASIN : B003BZV3ZM
- Writers : Jan Sardi, Jeremy Leven, Nicholas Sparks
- Best Sellers Rank: #17,453 in Movies & TV Shows (See Top 100 in Movies & TV Shows)
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Behind every great love is a great story. Two teenagers from opposite sides of the tracks fall in love during one summer together, but are tragically forced apart. When they reunite 7 years later, their passionate romance is rekindled, forcing one of them to choose between true love and class order.
Atteinte de la maladie d'Alzheimer, Allie a tout oublié de sa vie. Chaque jour, Duke vient lui lire le récit de deux jeunes gens qui se sont passionnément aimés dans les années 40, avant que l'existence et les conventions ne les séparent. Si elle ne peut plus se souvenir, Alice peut encore ressentir, et la voix de Duke fait ressurgir le passé et une magnifique histoire d'amour. Ces mots, Allie les connaît, elle a parfois l'impression de les avoir déjà lus, de les avoir peut-être même écrits...
When you consider that old-fashioned tearjerkers are an endangered species in Hollywood, a movie like The Notebook can be embraced without apology. Yes, it's syrupy sweet and clogged with clichés, and one can only marvel at the irony of Nick Cassavetes directing a weeper that his late father John--whose own films were devoid of saccharine sentiment--would have sneered at. Still, this touchingly impassioned and great-looking adaptation of the popular Nicholas Sparks novel has much to recommend, including appealing young costars (Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams) and appealing old costars (James Garner and Gena Rowlands, the director's mother) playing the same loving couple in (respectively) early 1940s and present-day North Carolina. He was poor, she was rich, and you can guess the rest; decades later, he's unabashedly devoted, and she's drifting into the memory-loss of senile dementia. How their love endured is the story preserved in the titular notebook that he reads to her in their twilight years. The movie's open to ridicule, but as a delicate tearjerker it works just fine. Message in a Bottle and A Walk to Remember were also based on Sparks novels, suggesting a triple-feature that hopeless romantics will cherish. --Jeff Shannon
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The best part of this movie was the incredible chemistry between Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling as the young lovers Allie and Noah. Their story was told by an elderly couple in a nursing home. James Garner and Gena Rowlands were outstanding as the devoted "Duke" and the woman with irreversible dementia. As Duke recounted the story of Allie and Noah from the notebook he carried with him, the lady's memory began to come back and she could remember.
The movie always changes the book but the one major change (the ending) which had the audience letting out a collective gasp and reaching for the nearest tissue was, in my opinion, really good even if it was pure Hollywood melodrama.
Why does a movie like THE NOTEBOOK appeal to so many? Is it that every woman longs for a man who loves as deeply as Noah? Is it that every one wants a love that transcends all problems---those of class, education, family objection----and lasts forever? Or just maybe in a world of high-tech gizmos and high security alerts, it's nice to get back to basics with a really good love story....and this is definitely that.
Great picture and sound and a movie you will watch over and over again.
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Adapted from Nicholas Sparks' best-selling novel, and directed by Nick Cassavetes (the son of legendary director John Cassavettes).
A sweeping love story told by a man reading from his faded notebook (James Garner) to a woman in a nursing home (Gena Rowlands - real-life mother of Nick Cassavetes). 'The Notebook' follows the lives of two North Carolina teens from very different worlds (Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams). Though her upbringing takes place in an antebellum mansion, and he grew up in the kind of house where musicians strum on the porch, that doesn't stop Noah and Allie from spending one incredible summer together, before they are separated, first by her parents and then by WWII.
After the war is over, everything is different. Allie is engaged to a successful businessman, and Noah lives alone with his 200-year-old house that he lovingly restores. But, when Allie reads a newspaper article about Noah's handiwork. She knows that she's got to find him, and make a decision once and for all about the path her life - and her love.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 18, 2021
So, when a chance came to watch it online, I jumped at the chance, to celebrate a promotion for my wife, knowing that she would like a romance film with a weepy ending or two. What I was not ready for was the clarity and perfection of this film. Yes, it is a love story, but with the time shifts, the first time you see it you are hoping throughout the story that a certain outcome will take place, that the love Noah has for Allie will find a way to succeed.
It is beautifully shot, with fantastic panoramic vistas of the area shot, has wonderful actors [always been a fan of James Garner and Rachael McAdams] and the actress from the Bourne series, whose name eludes me as her mother trying to make it so her daughter does not go the same way she did in matters of love.
Half way through, you are put out of your misery and you know that the Garner/Rowlands partnership is the Noah and Allie from the story, but the heartache as she drifts in and out of her dementia ridden state is heartbreaking to say the least. They get about five minutes as geriatrics to come back sharply into focus once again and love each other all over again before she fails to recognize her husband and he suffers the loss all over again.
At the end, I cried my head off, and as a big rufty tufty fella, that takes a lot, so be prepared for a tissue or four to be used at the end. The scene where Garner and Rowlands are arm in arm and the camera pans up and away is just perfect. Watch and you will see.
A truly remarkable film which I have just ordered on DVD direct from Amazon. It shows me just how much I love my wife, in exactly the same way as these two characters here. Films can never be perfect, but this comes close!
One of those stories that stay's with you. My sister borrowed. She thought it would be a nice story to watch while doing her ironing, ended up crying buckets whilst doing it.