Behind every great love is a great story.
Film Title: The Notebook (2004)
Rachel as… Allie Hamilton
Director: Nick Cassavetes
Writers: Nicholas Sparks (novel)
Jan Sardi (adaptation)
Jeremy Leven (screenplay)
Genre: Drama / Romance
An epic love story centered around an older man who reads aloud to an older, invalid woman whom he regularly visits. From a faded notebook, the old man’s words bring to life the story about a couple who is separated by World War II, and is then passionately reunited, seven years later, after they have taken different paths. Though her memory has faded, his words give her the chance to relive her turbulent youth and the unforgettable love they shared.
|From The Gallery|
- Ryan Gosling built the kitchen table featured in the movie in preparation for his role as Noah.
- Ryan Gosling was the director’s (Nick Cassavetes) first and only choice for the role of Noah.
- In the scene when Allie is in college, her professor says “Do I contradict myself? Very well, then I contradict myself”. This is a quote of Walt Whitman, the poet that wrote the poems Noah was reading to his father on the porch when Allie gives him her painting. The professor wrote “Leaves of Grass” on the board during this scene which is also the title of a book written by Walt Whitman.
- Background music for the original theatrical trailer for this film featured music from ‘Rachel Portman (I)’ ‘s score for The Cider House Rules (1999).
- Gena Rowlands, who played older Allie in the movie, is the director’s (Nick Cassavetes) mother.
- ‘Ryan Gosling (I) ‘ (Young Noah) wore brown eye contacts because James Garner (Old Noah) has brown eyes, and Gosling has blue.
- The “after 7 years Allie and Noah” scenes were shot first and then the crew/cast went on a Christmas break. Ryan Gosling had to lose the beard and 20lbs he’d had as the older Noah and come back to play the young Noah. Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling were rather shy and unsure around each other in the “after 7 years” scenes but were more comfortable together in the young Allie and Noah scenes.
- Rachel McAdams beat many people for the role of Allie, including Britney Spears.
- Ashley Judd was once attached to play the character of Allie.
- Steven Spielberg and Tom Cruise were also once attached to the project but backed out.
- Ryan Gosling prepared for his role by living in Charleston, South Carolina before filming began. For two months, he rowed the Ashley River in the morning and built furniture during the day.
- The piano piece that young Allie plays and old Allie memorizes is Chopin’s Prelude in E minor Opus 28 #4.
- It wasn’t in the script that Allie would play the piano, but director Nick Cassavetes felt that it was right, for that’s what wealthy young ladies of the 1930s-1940s did.
- Justin Timberlake was considered for the role of Noah Calhoun.
- Rachel McAdams auditioned for the role during another movie’s premiere. She was given the script just a day in advance. She beat nine other actresses for the role. The scenes used during her audition included the one of Allie’s and Noah’s argument at the end after Allie and her mother returns from the morning drive.
- Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling were both born in London, Ontario, Canada. Walt Whitman, quoted in the classroom scene (“Do I contradict myself?”), had a long friendship with 19th century London, Ontario, psychiatrist Dr. Maurice Bucke, which was depicted in the film Beautiful Dreamers.
- This is one of two movies that Rachel McAdams has starred in that reference a man named Duke. In the first, The Notebook, her husband in old age is given the nickname Duke, and in the second, Red Eye, she tells Jackson that her grandmother had a boyfriend named Duke.
- Actress Reese Witherspoon was originally attached to the project but later dropped out
Young Noah: Will you go out with me?
Young Allie: What? No.
Young Noah: No…?
Young Allie: No.
Young Noah: Why not?
Young Allie: I dunno, because I don’t want to.
Young Noah: OK, then you leave me no other choice.
Young Allie: AHHHH
Young Noah: I’m gonna ask you one more time, will you or will you not go out with me? I think my hand’s slipping.
Young Allie: OK, OK. Fine I’ll go out with you
Young Noah: No, don’t do me any favors.
Young Allie: No, no I want to.
Young Noah: Say it.
Young Allie: I wanna go out with you.
Young Noah: Say it again.
Young Allie: I WANNA GO OUT WITH YOU!
Young Noah: All right, all right we’ll go out.
Young Noah: Get in the water.
Young Allie: No! I’m scared.
Young Noah: [yelling] Get in the water, woman! Get in the water!
Young Allie: [looks at him, puzzled]
Young Noah: [calmly] No I’m sorry baby, please just get in.
Young Allie: [hesitates]
Young Noah: [once his friends start yelling again] GET IN THE WATER!
Young Allie: [lying in the middle of the street] What happens if a car comes?
Young Noah: We die.
Young Allie: Painting.
Young Noah: What?
Young Allie: You asked me, what I do for me…
Young Noah: What now?
Young Allie: I love to paint.
Young Noah: Really?
Young Allie: Mmm-hmm. Most of the time I have all these thoughts bouncin’ around in my head… but with a brush in my hand, the world just gets kinda quiet.
Young Noah: It’s not about following your heart and it’s not about keeping your promises. It’s about security.
Young Allie: What’s that supposed to mean?
Young Noah: [yelling] Money. He’s got a lot of money!
Young Allie: You smug bastard. I hate you for saying that.
Young Noah: You’re bored Allie. You’re bored and you know it. You wouldn’t be here if there wasn’t something missing.
Young Allie: You arrogant son of a bitch.
Young Noah: Would you just stay with me?
Young Allie: Stay with you? What for? Look at us, we’re already fightin’
Young Noah: Well that’s what we do, we fight… You tell me when I am being an arrogant son of a bitch and I tell you when you are a pain in the ass. Which you are, 99% of the time. I’m not afraid to hurt your feelings. You have like a 2 second rebound rate, then you’re back doing the next pain-in-the-ass thing.
Young Allie: So what?
Young Noah: So it’s not gonna be easy. It’s gonna be really hard. We’re gonna have to work at this every day, but I want to do that because I want you. I want all of you, for ever, you and me, every day. Will you do something for me, please? Just picture your life for me? 30 years from now, 40 years from now? What’s it look like? If it’s with him, go. Go! I lost you once, I think I can do it again. If I thought that’s what you really wanted. But don’t you take the easy way out.
Young Allie: What easy way? There is no easy way, no matter what I do, somebody gets hurt.
Young Noah: Would you stop thinking about what everyone wants? Stop thinking about what I want, what he wants, what your parents want. What do YOU want? What do you WANT?
Young Allie: It’s not that simple.
Young Noah: What… do… you… want? Whaddaya want?
Young Allie: I have to go now.
Allie: They fell in love, didn’t they?
Duke: Yes, they did.
Young Allie: Now, say you’re a bird.
Young Noah: If you’re a bird, I’m a bird.
Young Noah: We can just finish out the summer and see what happens then.
Young Allie: Please don’t do this, you don’t mean it. Oh why wait until the summer ends? Why don’t you do it right now?
[pushes Noah against car]
Young Allie: Huh? C’mon. Do it! Do it!
[repeatedly pushes Noah, starts hitting Noah, Noah starts hitting himself]
Young Allie: You know what? I’m gonna do it! It’s over. Okay? it’s over.
Young Noah: [opens his arms for a hug] Come here.
Young Allie: Don’t touch me! I hate you! I hate you!
Young Noah: OK, I’m going.
Young Allie: Why don’t you just go then?
[pushes Noah in the car]
Young Allie: Get out! Leave!
[kicks Noah's car]
Young Allie: Go!… No, no, just wait a minute, we’re not really breaking up are we? Come on. This is just a fight we’re having and tomorrow will be like it never happend right?
[Noah drives away]
Allie: Do you think our love can make miracles?
Duke: I do.
Allie: Do you think our love, can take us away together?
Duke: I think our love can do anything we want it to.
Allie: I love you.
Duke: I love you, Allie.
Allie: Good night.
Duke: Good night. I’ll be seeing you.
Young Noah: [humming] Bum,bum,bum,bum,bum,bum,bum,bum,bum,bum,bum,bum.
Young Allie: [laughing] You’re a terrible singer.
Young Noah: I know.
Young Allie: [laying her head on his shoulder] But I like this song.
[they continue dancing in the street to I'll Be Seeing You]
Young Noah: I’m not usually like this, I’m sorry.
Young Allie: Oh yes you are.
Young Noah: I could be fun, if you want. I could be pensive, uhh… smart, supersticious, brave? And I, uhh, I can be light on my feet. I could be whatever you want. You just tell me what you want, and I’m gonna be that for you.
Young Allie: …You’re dumb.
Young Noah: I could be that.
Young Noah: Come on, one date, what’s it gonna hurt?
Young Allie: Mmm, I don’t think so.
Young Noah: Well what can I do to change your mind?