The Notebook is a 2004 romantic drama film directed by Nick Cassavetes and written by Jeremy Leven and Jan Sardi, based on Nicholas Sparks’ 1996 novel of the same name. Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams star as a young couple in the 1940s who fall in love.
In the current day, an old man (played by James Garner) reads their narrative from a notebook to a fellow nursing home resident (played by Gena Rowlands, director Cassavetes’ mother).
The Notebook garnered mixed reviews, but the movie did well at the box office and was nominated for a number of awards, including eight Teen Choice Awards, a Satellite Award, and an MTV Movie Award. The film went on to become a sleeper hit with a cult following. On November 11, 2012, ABC Family aired an expanded version of the film, which included deleted scenes that were reinserted into the original plot.
The film was released in the United States and Canada on June 25, 2004, and grossed $13.5 million in its first weekend from 2,303 theatres, placing it fourth at the box office. The picture made a total of $115.6 million worldwide, with $81 million in Canada and the US and $34.6 million in other countries. It is the world’s 15th highest-grossing romantic drama film.
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