The Notebook

The Notebook is a 2004 American romantic drama film directed by Nick Cassavetes, with a screenplay by Jeremy Leven and Jan Sardi, based on the 1996 novel of the same name by Nicholas Sparks. The film stars Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams as a young couple who fall in love in the 1940s. Their story is read from a notebook in the present day by an elderly man (played by James Garner), telling the tale to a fellow nursing home resident (played by Gena Rowlands, the director Cassavetes' mother).

The Notebook
Theatrical release poster
Directed byNick Cassavetes
Screenplay byJeremy Leven
Story byJan Sardi
Based onThe Notebook
by Nicholas Sparks
Produced byLynn Harris
Mark Johnson
CinematographyRobert Fraisse
Edited byAlan Heim
Music byAaron Zigman
Gran Via
Distributed byNew Line Cinema
Release dates
  • May 20, 2004 (2004-05-20) (SIFF)
  • June 25, 2004 (2004-06-25) (United States)
Running time
124 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States
Budget$29 million[2]
Box office$117.8 million[2]

The Notebook received generally mixed reviews, but performed well at the box office and received a number of award nominations, winning eight Teen Choice Awards, a Satellite Award, and an MTV Movie Award. The film became a sleeper hit[3][4] and has gained a cult following.[5][6] On November 11, 2012, ABC Family premiered an extended version with deleted scenes added back into the original storyline.[7]

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