The Notebook

Synopsis: In a nursing home, resident Duke reads a romance story for an old woman who has senile dementia with memory loss. In the late 1930s, wealthy seventeen year-old Allie Hamilton is spending summer vacation in Seabrook. Local worker Noah Calhoun meets Allie at a carnival and they soon fall in love with each other. One day, Noah brings Allie to an ancient house that he dreams of buying and restoring and they attempt to make love but get interrupted by their friend. Allie's parents do not approve of their romance since Noah belongs to another social class, and they move to New York with her. Noah writes 365 letters (A Year) to Allie, but her mother Anne Hamilton does not deliver them to her daughter. Three years later, the United States joins the World War II and Noah and his best friend Fin enlist in the army, and Allie works as an army nurse. She meets injured soldier Lon Hammond in the hospital. After the war, they meet each other again going on dates and then, Lon, who is wealthy and han
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director(s): Nick Cassavetes
Production: New Line Cinema
  12 wins & 10 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
123 min

Excuse me.

Come on, honey, let's

get you ready for bed.

I am no one special,

just a common man

with common thoughts.

I've led a common life.

There are no monuments

dedicated to me.

And my name

will soon be forgotten.

But in one respect,

I've succeeded as gloriously

as anyone who ever lived.

- Looking good, Duke.

- Feeling good.

I've loved another

with all my heart

and soul and for me

that has always been enough.

How's it hanging, Harry?

I keep trying to die,

but they won't let me.

Well, you can't

have everything.

Big day today.

You say that every day,

you old devil.

It's a lovely day


Let's take a walk.

I don't think so.

Well, we've got to get

you out of this room.

Come on now, honey.

Some fresh air

- would do you good.

- Hello.

I'm sorry,

it's not a good day.

I don't think

she's up for anything.


This is Duke,

he's come to read to you.

- Read?

- Mm-hmm.


I don't know.

Oh, come on,

you'll like him, he's very funny.


All right now,

where did we leave off?

Oh, yeah, yeah,

it was the night of the carnival.

"Noah, was there with his friends,

Fin and Sarah."

- Noah?

- That's where they met...

June 6th, 1940.

Allie was

17 years old.

- Little man wins a prize.

- Damn!

- Thank you for playing.

- Ha, you're real funny.

Man, I clobbered

that thing.

I'm tellin' you,

these games are fixed.

- Hello.

- How are you?

Hi, what's your name?

Step right up here.

Over the hook, yeah.


- Who's this girl with Sara?

- Her name's Allie Hamilton.

She's here for the summer

with her family.

Dad's got more

money than God.

- Hi, Fin!

- Hi, honey.

Look, I won you a prize.

Oh, Fin, thank you!

- Oww!

- Yeah.

Hey great, huh?

Hey Allie, you want

some cotton candy?

- Umm, okay.

- That would be so much fun.

You only get

one chance, son.

- You want to dance with me?

- No.

- Why not?

- 'Cause I don't want to.

Noah, she's with us.

Hey Allie, you want

to ride the Ferris wheel?

- I'd love to.

- All right.

Excuse me.

Excuse me.

- Noah Calhoun.

- What?

Works down at the lumber yard

with Fin.


Did you see he was standing like

two inches away from my face?

Yeah, I saw.

That's Noah, though.

You know I'm surprised

he even came over.

I think he likes you.

Hey what... jerk...

Get off me.

Don't touch me.

- Hey!

- Well, I... ugh!

- What are you doing?

- Hey, you can't do that!

I'll pay you

when I get down, Tommy.

I'm Noah Calhoun.

- So?!

- So, it's really nice to meet you.

- Allie, who is this guy?

- I don't know, Noah Calhoun.

- I would really like to take you out.

- Friend! Do you mind?

You can't sit more than two people

in a chair, Noah.

Okay, Tommy,

all right.

Get down, Noah,

you're gonna kill yourself!

Noah, cut it out.

Now, will you

go out with me?


- No.

- No?

- No.

- No?

Hey pal,

she just told you.

Why not?

I don't know,

because I don't want to.


What? Well, you leave me

no other choice then.

Oh my God.

I'm not kidding.

- Noah, stop fooling around.

- What are you doing?

- Noah, grab the bar.

- I'm gonna ask you one more time.

Will you...

- or will you not go out with me?

- Noah, you best come on.

- God damn, my hand's slipping.

- Then grab the bar, you idiot.

- Not until she agrees.

- Ah, go on out with him, honey.

- Okay, okay, fine,

I'll go out with you.

- What?

- No, don't do me any favors.

No, no. I want to.

- You want to? You want to?

- Yes!

- Say it.

- I want to go out with you.

- Say it again.

- I want to go out with you.

All right, all right

we'll go out.

You think

you're so smart, don't you?

That wasn't funny,

Noah, you idiot!

No, it's okay,

I'll take care of this.

What are you doing?

Please don't do that.

Please don't do that, Allie.

I can't believe...

Oh God.

You're not so cocky now,

are ya?

I'm gonna get you for that.

Ah, maybe you will,

maybe you won't.

- Did he say anything to you?

- Oh, yeah, will you look at that?

It's that girl from the Carnival,


Do you remember me?

Yeah, sure,

Mr. Underwear, was it?

- Well, I...

- How could I forget.

Yeah, I wanted to clear

that up with you,


I'm really sorry about that.

It was a really stupid thing

to do...

crawl up a Ferris wheel

to talk to somebody.

But I had

to be next to you.

I was being

drawn to you.

Oh... oh, jeez,

what a line!

You use that

on all the girls?

- No.

- Right.

I saw you the other night

with little Miss Ribbons.

- What are you doing tonight?

- What?

Or tomorrow night,

or this weekend, whatever.

- Why?

- Why? Our date.

What date?

- The date that you agreed to.

- No...

Yes, you did.

You promised and you swore it.

Well, I guess

I changed my mind.

Look, I know you get some dirty guy

coming up to you

on the street...

you don't know him.

You don't know me,

but I know me.

And when I see something

that I like,

I gotta ha...

I love it.

I go... I mean,

I go crazy for it.

Okay, what are you

talking about?

Well, you.

Oh, you're good.

- What?

- You're good.

- No. No, you're getting me wrong.

- You're good. You are.

- You're fantastic.

- I'm not.

You really are.

I'm impressed.

- I'm not usually like this, I'm sorry.

- Oh, yes, you are.

I can be fun,

if you want...

pensive, uh, smart,

uh, superstitious,


And uh... I can be light on my feet.

I could be

whatever you want.

You just tell me what you want

and I'll be that for you.

You're dumb.

I could be that.

Come on, one date.

What's it gonna hurt?


I don't think so.

Well, what I can I do

to change your mind?

Guess you'll figure

something out.

- You sure she's coming?

- Relax, pal, it's all set up.

We're meeting her

for the late show.

Look... what did

I tell you? Come on.

Oh my goodness,

what a coincidence!

I need to talk to you

for a second.

- He's here!

- Allie, you remember Noah, don't you?

- Yes, I remember.

- Yeah.

- Come here.

- Fin!

- Hi.

- Hi.

- It's nice to see you again.

- You too.

- You look great.

- Aw, thanks.

Really, really great.

You do look great.

You look great.

And I know I look great,

so could we please go see this movie?

- The show's about to start.

- After you.

You come back here,

Li'l Abner.

You ain't gonna catch me,

Daisy Mae!

It's Sadie Hawkins Day,

I'm supposed to catch you!

I'm faster than you.

No, No!

I'll get you!

I'm going get...

Here I come!

You better run fast!

You ketchum Polecat

far and squar.

Wait for me.

What happened

in that movie?

- Here you go.

- Thank you.

- What are you guys doing?

- Want to walk with me?

Yeah, what's going on?

- Yeah.

- We're gonna walk.

Do you guys

love each other?


Oh, I get it.

- You guys do love each other.

- Don't do anything I wouldn't do.

Okay, good bye.

- All right, all right.

- Mmm...

That was fun.


I haven't seen a movie

in ages.

- Really?

- Huh-uh.

Not since

I was a little kid.


No, I, uh...

I'm busy, you know,

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Jeremy Leven

Jeremy Leven (born 1941) is an American screenwriter, director, producer, and novelist. Born in South Bend, Indiana, Leven lives in Woodbridge, Connecticut, Paris, and New York City. more…

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