- Cast: Julianne Hough, Josh Duhamel, Cobie Smulders, David Lyons, Mimi Kirkland, Noah Lomax, Lauren York, Jasper Grey, Mike Pniewski, Cullen Moss, Ric Reitz, Robin Mullins, Christopher Cozort, T. Alloy Langenfeld, George Dawe, Christine Baer, Kathy Walton Pulley, Beth Gosnell, Darrell Rackley, Robert Seager, Brian Patrick Moize, Juan Piedrahita, Jan Hartsell, Paul Shaplin, Daniel Cochran Donovan
- Director: Lasse Hallström
- Writers: Leslie Bohem, Dana Stevens, Nicholas Sparks
- Producers: Marty Bowen, Wyck Godfrey, Ryan Kavanaugh
- Co Producers: Adam Fields, Ken Halsband
- Executive Producers: Jason Beckman, Jason Colodne, Tracey Nyberg, Nicholas Sparks, Tucker Tooley
- Art Directions: RA Arancio-Parrain, Rosa Palomo
- Casting: Richard Mento
- Costume Design: Leigh Leverett
- D.O.P.: Terry Stacey
- Editor: Andrew Mondshein
- Makeup: Stacey Panepinto
- Music: Deborah Lurie
- Production Design: Kara Lindstrom
- Set Decoration: Patrick Cassidy
When a mysterious young woman named Katie appears in the small North Carolina town of Southport, her sudden arrival raises questions about her past. Beautiful yet self-effacing, Katie seems determined to avoid forming personal ties until a series of events draws her into two reluctant relationships: one with Alex, a widowed store owner with a kind heart and two young children; and another with her plainspoken single neighbor, Jo.
Despite her reservations, Katie slowly begins to let down her guard, putting down roots in the close-knit community and becoming increasingly attached to Alex and his family. But even as Katie begins to fall in love, she struggles with the dark secret that still haunts and terrifies her . . . a past that set her on a fearful, shattering journey across the country, to the sheltered oasis of Southport. With Jo's empathic and stubborn support, Katie eventually realizes that she must choose between a life of transient safety and one of riskier rewards . . . and that in the darkest hour, love is the only true safe haven.
- Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
- Filming Locations: North Carolina, USA
- MPAA Warning: Thematic material involving threatening behavior, and for violence and sexuality
- Production Budget: $25 million
- Production Companies: Nicholas Sparks Productions, Relativity Media, Temple Hill Entertainment
- Production Schedule: 18 June 2012 - 14 August 2012
2013 Guide Analysis: "Just in time for Valentine's Day comes the seemingly annual adaptation of a Nicholas Sparks novel. This will mark the eighth film adaptation of one of his books (which leaves at least another eight to go), and this one seems to be a mash-up of his signature romantic elements with a dash of that 'woman escapes abusive husband' thriller vibe we've seen before ("Sleeping with the Enemy," "Enough").
Don't worry though, all the usual Sparks formula is there. Astonishingly beautiful locales and an impossibly white cast, a soundtrack that will please its target demo, a random element for conflict, and the inevitable tragic death of one of the leads. It's all built on the unexpected romance between a woman in a difficult situation, and the first handsome man she comes across who has his own baggage but remains sensitive, kind, nurturing and emotionally invested in her disproportionate needs.
Shot in North Carolina last Summer, the film boasts an impossibly good looking cast including "Rock of Ages" actress Julianne Hough and the pec-tacular Josh Duhamel. Lasse Hallström, who worked on another Nicholas Sparks adaptation (2010's highly successful "Dear John"), is back as director for this bit of fluff. Hopefully it won't go down the "Nights in Rodanthe" route (SPOILERS) as in "woman loves man, man dies in mudslide, horse stampede on a beach cures grieving woman."