Film: 2010: "Dear John"

Dear John

RELEASE DATE: In Theatres February 5, 2010
RATING DETAILS: This film has been rated PG-13 for some sensuality and violence

In Dear John, a soldier falls in love with a college student. Based on the book by Nicholas Sparks

Directed by Lasse Hallström and based on the novel by best-selling author Nicholas Sparks, DEAR JOHN tells the story of John Tyree (Channing Tatum), a young soldier home on leave, and Savannah Curtis (Amanda Seyfried), the idealistic college student he falls in love with during her spring vacation.

Over the next seven tumultuous years, the couple is separated by John's increasingly dangerous deployments.

While meeting only sporadically, they stay in touch by sending a continuous stream of love letters overseas—correspondence that eventually triggers fateful consequences.

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irected by Lasse Hallström
Screenplay by Jamie Linden
Based on the novel by Nicholas Sparks
Produced by Marty Bowen, Wyck Godfrey, Ryan Kavanaugh
Executive Producers Jeremiah Samuels, Toby Emmerich, Michael Weiss, Tucker Tooley

• Channing Tatum
• Amanda Seyfried
• Henry Thomas
• Scott Porter
• and Richard Jenkins
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“What does it mean to truly love another?” 

The complexities of love are explored as the strength of a young couple’s relationship and their devotion to one another is tested by forces beyond their control in the dramatic romance DEAR JOHN, directed by three-time Oscar® nominee Lasse Hallström (Best Director, The Cider House Rules, 1999 and Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay, My Life as a Dog, 1985) and based on the bestselling novel by Nicholas Sparks.

John Tyree (Channing Tatum) is a handsome, soft-spoken Special Forces soldier visiting his father in South Carolina while on leave.  Savannah Curtis (Amanda Seyfried) is a beautiful, idealistic college student from a wealthy Southern family, home for spring break.  John and Savannah are from different worlds, but through a chance encounter at the beach, the two meet and are immediately attracted to each other.  Their meeting turns into a whirlwind two-week courtship, and their feelings quickly deepen into an all-consuming, passionate love.  Each finds in the other something they’d never known they were missing.  When John is forced to return to his deployment and Savannah heads back to college, the couple promises to write one another.  Through a continuous stream of letters, their love continues to blossom and a deeply romantic love story unfolds.

As time passes, John and Savannah are only able to see one another sporadically.  John’s deployment overseas is extended, and Savannah’s life back home continues on.  As the world becomes a more complicated place, Savannah is constantly worried about John’s safety, and John is torn between his dedication to his work and his desire for a life at home with Savannah.  Against steadily increasing tension between their desires and their responsibilities, the couple struggles to keep their commitment firm.  But when unexpected tragedy strikes back home, John’s return provokes an emotional confrontation, and the couple is forced to discover whether their love can truly survive.

Channing Tatum (G.I. Joe, A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints) and Amanda Seyfriend (Mamma Mia, TV’s Big Love) star in DEAR JOHN, directed by Lasse Hallström (The Cider House Rules, Chocolat).  With a screenplay by Jamie Linden (We Are Marshall) based on the novel by Nicholas Sparks (The Notebook, Message in a Bottle), DEAR JOHN co-stars Henry Thomas (E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, Legends of the Fall) as Tim, Savannah’s protective family friend determined to see Savannah isn’t hurt; Scott Porter (TV’s Friday Night Lights); and Academy Award®-nominee Richard Jenkins (Best Actor, The Visitor, 2007, TV’s Six Feet Under) as John’s father.

DEAR JOHN was produced by Marty Bowen, Wyck Godfrey, and Ryan Kavanaugh, with executive producers Jeremiah Samuels, Toby Emmerich, Michele Weiss, and Tucker Tooley.  Kenneth Halsband and Linden co-produced, with Michael Disco as associate producer.

The talented behind-the-scenes crew includes director of photography Terry Stacey, ASC, production designer Kara Lindstrom, editor Kristina Boden, composer Deborah Lurie, music supervisors Happy Walters and Season Kent, and costume designer Dana Campbell.

DEAR JOHN has been rated PG-13 for SOME SENSUALITY AND VIOLENCE.  The running time is 102 minutes.

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