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Dear John (2010)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance, War | 5 February 2010 (USA)
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A romantic drama about a soldier who falls for a conservative college student while he's home on leave.

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Rooster (Dan Rooney)
Gavin McCulley ...
Starks
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Berry (as Jose Lucena)
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Captain Stone
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Susan
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Daniels (as William Howard)
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Mr. Curtis
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Mrs. Curtis
Bryce Hayes ...
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Storyline

South Carolina US Army Special operations soldier John is on summer leave from his German base, visiting his widowed father. Being gallant on the pier, he befriends college student Savannah, a college student, and her buddies, a terminal father and his angelic son. John falls in love with Savannah, who diagnoses his beloved, gentle but weird father as mildly autistic. He plans not to sign up again, but 9/11 changes that, and she won't wait idly while their friends desperately need help. Written by KGF Vissers

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Is Duty enough reason to live a lie ? See more »

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Drama | Romance | War

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Rated PG-13 for some sensuality and violence | See all certifications »

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5 February 2010 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$30,468,614, 7 February 2010, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$80,014,842, 25 April 2010

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$114,977,104, 3 November 2012
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Trivia

Amanda Seyfried wrote the song Savannah sings to John. Titled "Little House," the whole song is featured on the movie's soundtrack. See more »

Goofs

After his father's funeral, when John is at Savannah's house and he's listening to her talking on the phone, his rank is upside down on his shoulders. A soldier would never put them on his uniform incorrectly. Later they are on his uniform the correct way. See more »

Quotes

John Tyree: No matter where you are in the world,the moon is never bigger than your thumb.
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Connections

Featured in Late Show with David Letterman: Episode #17.84 (2010) See more »

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This Is the Thing
Written by Fink (as Finian Greenall), Blair Mackichan, Tim Thornton, and Guy Whittaker
Performed by Fink
Courtesy of Ninja Tune
By Arrangement with Third Side Music, Inc.
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Touching and wonderfully filmed with some believable acting
3 September 2010 | by See all my reviews

I have to admit I wasn't expecting to like this film. I don't hate this type of film, but I had heard mixed feelings on Dear John, there were those who said it was touching and others who said it was too clichéd. Well after been blown away by The Notebook(book and movie), I saw Dear John. After seeing it, I don't think it is as good as The Notebook, but it was surprisingly good in my opinion. The characters are clichéd, and the beginning was a tad too fluffy for my liking, while there are some pacing issues. But while the book is better, having more depth and emotional punch, I was surprised at how touching Dear John actually was. The story is nice and believable enough, and there is some decent scripting. The direction is good too, while the cinematography and scenery are breathtaking and the score beautiful. Channing Tatum(my sister kept raving at how hot he was) and Amanda Seyfried are great and are believable together, while Richard Jenkins is heart breaking as Tatum's autistic father(I immediately sympathised with him as I have real problems with communicating with people and feeling comfortable around people and places I am not familiar with). I also liked the ending, it was ambiguous but also clever and subtle, and I think an improvement over the ending of the book(the book's only weak link). In conclusion, touching and well made, definitely worth a peek. 7/10 Bethany Cox


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