- Cast: Teresa Palmer, Liam Hemsworth, Aimee Teegarden, Chris Lowell, Wyatt Russell, Max Adler, Austin Stowell, Lauren Mae Shafer, Delvon Roe, Charlotte Ubben, Cindy Chu, Chase Maser, Roger Callard, Gordon Michaels, Ricky Wayne, Apollo Bacala, Michael Ellison, Julian Gant, Claire Richards, Chris Newman, Nicholas Ritz, Andrew Freij, Patrick Potochick, Robert Forte Shannon III, Wole Ikeji , Heather Yerebeck
- Director: Danny Mooney
- Writers: Jim Burnstein, Garrett K. Schiff
- Producers: Chip Diggins, Patrick Olson
- Associate Producer: Barbara Fiorentino
- Executive Producers: Jim Burnstein, Peter Pastorelli, Eddie Rubin, Garrett K. Schiff
- Casting: Barbara Fiorentino
- Costume Design: Karyn Wagner
- D.O.P.: Theo van de Sande
- Editor: Glenn Garland
- Makeup: Elizabeth Colburn
- Music: Alex Heffes
- Production Design: Ethan Tobman
- Set Decoration: Sandhya Huchingson
In this romantic drama set against the backdrop of the Vietnam War and the moon landing, two charming and passionate young soldiers (Liam Hemsworth and Austin Stowell) will go to any length for love – even sneaking away from a war to fly halfway around the world. When Dalton Joiner (Stowell) finds out that his girlfriend Jane (Aimee Teegarden) has dumped him, he vows to go home during his one-week leave to win her back. His best friend Mickey Wright (Hemsworth) will do anything to help his buddy out – as long as there might be a few girls along the way. In just seven days they must get to the States, change Jane’s mind and make it back to the war without getting caught. But when they arrive stateside they find Jane and her beautiful, committed activist friend Candace (Teresa Palmer) at the heart of the anti-war movement. Joiner and Wright must make some life changing decisions as they spend a week in July 1969 learning the truth about love, honor and commitment.
- Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
- Filming Locations: Michigan, USA
- MPAA Warning: Drug content, sexuality, language and brief violence
- Production Companies: Red 56, Deep Blue Pictures
- Production Schedule: 11 July 2011 - August 2011
2013 Guide Analysis: "Formerly titled "AWOL," Danny Mooney's Vietnam War-era romantic drama looks and smells like a Nicholas Sparks work (ala "Dear John," "The Notebook," "Nights in Rodanthe"), but it's not. Not a bad idea though, last year's "The Vow" was also a 'Sparks-esque' clone which became a hit and helped push Channing Tatum's career into overdrive.
Can 'Love' do the same for Aussie hunk Liam Hemsworth? Chris' younger brother broke out onto the U.S. scene with an actual Sparks adaptation, "The Last Song," and followed it up with a couple of smart choices like "The Hunger Games" and "The Expendables 2". Aside from the 'Hunger' sequel, he has three films in which he is front and center in 2013.
This is the only one though that's being sold entirely on his name, and it's also the one in a genre that should bring out his female fan base. Hemsworth plays a soldier fighting in the Vietnam war. He and a friend travel to Michigan on a week-long leave, it's there that he falls in love with a hippie protester (Teresa Palmer). The guys soon debate going AWOL instead of returning to the war.
Mooney's directorial debut is a low-budget indie affair, something that unfortunately shows quite blatantly in the war and protesting scenes in the trailer. IFC is only giving the film a limited release, but it looks like it could be a solid little performer that should find an audience amongst romantics of all ages."