- Cast: Zac Efron, Taylor Schilling, Blythe Danner, Jay R. Ferguson, Riley Thomas Stewart, Adam LeFevre, Joe Chrest, Jillian Batherson, Robert Hayes, Russell Durham Comegys, Cameron Banfield, Courtney J. Clark, Ritchie Montgomery, Sharon Morris, Ann McKenzie, Nedal Yousef, Emily D. Haley, Kendal Tuttle, Trey Burvant, Rik Barnett
- Director: Scott Hicks
- Writers: Will Fetters, Nicholas Sparks
- Producers: Denise Di Novi, Kevin McCormick
- Co Producer: Kerry Heysen
- Executive Producers: Bruce Berman, Alison Greenspan, Ravi D. Mehta
- Art Direction: Paul D. Kelly
- Casting: Ronna Kress
- Costume Design: Dayna Pink
- D.O.P.: Alar Kivilo
- Editor: Scott Gray
- Makeup: Kimberly Amacker
- Musics: Mark Isham, Hal Lindes
- Production Design: Barbara Ling
- Set Decoration: Kathy Lucas
U.S. Marine Sergeant Logan Thibault (Efron) returns from his third tour of duty in Iraq, with the one thing he credits with keeping him alive--a photograph he found of a woman he doesn't even know. Learning her name is Beth (Schilling) and where she lives, he shows up at her door, and ends up taking a job at her family-run local kennel. Despite her initial mistrust and the complications in her life, a romance develops between them, giving Logan hope that Beth could be much more than his good luck charm.
- Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
- Filming Locations: New Orleans, USA
- MPAA Warning: Some sexuality and violence
- Production Budget: $35 million
- Production Companies: Warner Bros. Pictures, Village Roadshow Pictures, DiNovi Pictures, Langley Park Productions
- Production Schedule: 13 October 2010 - 21 December 2010
2012 Guide Analysis: "This marks the seventh of author Nicholas Sparks' sixteen books to have been adapted with an eighth, "Safe Haven", also coming out this year. From "The Notebook" and "A Walk to Remember," to "The Last Song" and "Dear John", most of his books and corresponding films follow the same pattern - old fashioned morality tales about an intense love affair that's usually cut short by some kind of family secret or tragedy involving a death. It's textbook bittersweet romance that may be cliche, but often has more heart and honesty than most painfully bad cookie cutter rom-coms.
Here Efron plays a Marine who returns to North Carolina after serving three tours in Iraq and searches for the unknown woman (Schilling) he believes was his good luck charm during the war. He discovers that she's a divorced mother with a son and soon the pair begin an all-consuming love affair. However, he hasn't told her about the photo and the secret ultimately threatens their lives.
Efron has shed his metrosexual stylings with a buzz cut, no make-up and a few extra pounds on him to play a marine - as a result the 23-year-old actor actually does look much more manly now and certainly closer to his age. Yet the character himself is several years older, and his casting has been the biggest point of contention about the project on social networking sites and online discussion forums. Australian director Scott Hicks ("Shine," "No Reservations") is a solid director though so should help make this one of the better Sparks-related films."