|Nights in Rodanthe|
|Directed by||George C. Wolfe|
|Screenplay by||Ann Peacock|
|Based on||Nights in Rodanthe|
by Nicholas Sparks
|Produced by||Denise Di Novi|
|Edited by||Brian A. Kates|
|Music by||Jeanine Tesori|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros. Pictures|
|Box office||$84.4 million |
Nights in Rodanthe is a 2008 American romantic drama film. It is an adaptation of Nicholas Sparks' 2002 novel of the same name. The film stars Richard Gere and Diane Lane in their third screen collaboration after The Cotton Club (1984) and Unfaithful (2002).
Adrienne Willis (Diane Lane) is in the process of getting a divorce from her husband Jack (Christopher Meloni) after he left her for another woman. Their separation has caused a rift between Adrienne and her rebellious teenage daughter, Amanda (Mae Whitman). One morning, when picking up Amanda and his son Danny (Charlie Tahan) for a weekend visit, Jack tells Adrienne he still loves her and wants to move back home. She tells him she needs time and space to think.
Adrienne drives to Rodanthe, North Carolina to look after a friend's (Viola Davis) bed-and-breakfast for the weekend. It is a house right on the beach, partially in the surf at high tide. The only guest for the weekend is surgeon Paul Flanner (Richard Gere). He suffers from flashbacks of a surgery that ended tragically, which has made him cold and frustrated. The family of the patient who died live in Rodanthe and is suing him for wrongful death.
As a storm arrives, Paul and Adrienne work together to protect the inn. They dine together, share stories, and eventually turn to each other for emotional support. A genuine romance begins and they fall in love. With Adrienne's advice and moral support, Paul finds the courage to visit the deceased patient's widower. He also feels guilty for passing up a relationship with his son Mark (James Franco) in favor of his career. He eventually decides to visit Ecuador, where Mark is working as a physician in an impoverished community.
During their separation, Adrienne and Paul exchange numerous letters expressing their longing to be together again. On the evening that Adrienne and Paul are to reunite, he does not show up. One afternoon, Mark arrives at Adrienne's door with a box of Paul's personal belongings. Paul had been killed in a flash mudslide while attempting to save medical supplies. Mark thanks Adrienne for "giving him back the father he knew when he was a child".
Over the following weeks, Adrienne struggles with the grief of losing Paul. Eventually, Amanda coaxes the story from her mother. A turning point for their relationship, Adrienne begins to deal with her loss. She tells her daughter the story of the very special type of love she found with Paul, and encourages her daughter to seek that for herself someday.
Adrienne returns to Rodanthe and sees a small herd of wild horses on the beach by the inn. She, her children, and her best friend walk down to the dock where Adrienne and Paul once danced.
- Diane Lane as Adrienne Willis
- Richard Gere as Dr. Paul Flanner
- James Franco as Dr. Mark Flanner
- Scott Glenn as Robert Torrelson
- Christopher Meloni as Jack Willis
- Viola Davis as Jean
- Pablo Schreiber as Charlie Torrelson
- Mae Whitman as Amanda Willis
- Charlie Tahan as Danny Willis
The house was damaged in a hurricane after the movie was filmed. New owners bought the house and relocated it to another part of the Outer Banks. Tourists to the area can rent portions of the house and stay in specific rooms that have been remodeled to appear as they did in the film (actual interior scenes were filmed on sound stages). The name of the house is Serendipity.
Nights in Rodanthe has grossed $41.9 million in North America and $42.5 million in other territories for a worldwide total of $84.4 million.
In its opening weekend, the film grossed $13.4 million, finishing second at the box office behind Eagle Eye ($59.6 million). It became Warner Bros.' thirteenth highest-grossing release of 2008.
According to review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the critical consensus holds that the film is "derivative and schmaltzy" and "strongly mottled by contrivances that even the charisma of stars Diane Lane and Richard Gere can't repair". The site rates the movie as "rotten", with a score of 30% based on 132 reviews. Metacritic scored the film with a 39/100, or "generally unfavorable", based on 26 critics' reviews. Although the movie was panned, it grossed $84.4 million worldwide.
|2009||AARP Movies for Grownups Awards||Best Grownup Love Story||Diane Lane and Richard Gere||Nominated|
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