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

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$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$30,468,614 (USA) (5 February 2010)

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$80,014,842 (USA) (23 April 2010)
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On its opening weekend in the United States, it went to number one, becoming the film to finally end the reign of James Cameron's Avatar (2009), which had sat at the top of the box office for seven consecutive weeks. See more »

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When John takes Savannah home to meet his father, and she puts on the glove to look at the coins, she puts it on her left hand. Then, later on when she speaks to John, she has the glove on her right hand. See more »

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Savannah Curtis: The problem with time, I've learned, whether it's those first two weeks I got to spend with you, or the final two months I got to spend with him, eventually time always runs out. I have no idea where you are out there in the world, John. But I understand that I lost the right to know these things long ago. No matter how many years go by, I know one thing to be as true as ever was - I'll see you soon then.
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Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.90 (2012) See more »

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Things & Time
Written by Winston 'Pipe' Matthews (as Winston Matthews)
Performed by Wailing Souls
Courtesy of VP Music Group, Inc.
By Arrangement with Zync Music Group, LLC
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Movie ruins the great story the book portrays
6 February 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Having read this story a while ago I was very excited to see the movie. I read the book again. It is one of my favorite Nicholas Sparks books. What I think what makes the story is the relationships. That was the down point for me in the movie because I think the relationships were poorly expressed in the movie. I have no idea what the point of changing main characters roles (Tim's and Alan's characters). The movie didn't at all capture John and Savannah's relationship. Maybe if you haven't read the book you might like this movie, but I thought it was so dull compared to the book. I thought Channing was a great pick for John,but I had a feeling he was going to bring all young adults out to watch it, so I think it was more geared towards them. The ending cuts the whole point of the book out so I was also unhappy with that. I was hoping the movie was more like the notebook or a walk to remember and the way they captured the books. I do feel like I wasted a Friday night out and 10 bucks on a sappy love story, not at all the story I was expecting to see.


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