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Nights in Rodanthe (2008)



Critic Consensus: Derivative and schmaltzy, Nicholas Sparks' Nights in Rodanthe is strongly mottled by contrivances that even the charisma of stars Diane Lane and Richard Gere can't repair.

Movie Info

Adapted from author Nicholas Sparks' popular romance novel, director George C. Wolfe's Nights in Rodanthe tells the tale of a doctor (Richard Gere) en route to reconcile with his estranged son when his benevolent mission is sidelined upon checking into a North Carolina beach-town inn. When the doctor arrives at the inn, he enters into a passionate affair with an unhappily married woman (Diane Lane) who is currently considering divorce. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovimore
Rating: PG-13 (for some sensuality)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Directed By:
Written By: Ann Peacock, John Romano
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 10, 2009
Box Office: $41.8M
Warner Bros. Pictures/Village Roadshow - Official Site


Diane Lane
as Adrienne Willis
Richard Gere
as Dr. Paul Flanner
Christopher Meloni
as Jack Willis
Scott Glenn
as Robert Torrelson
Mae Whitman
as Amanda Willis
Linda Molloy
as Jill Torrelson
Pablo Schreiber
as Charlie Torrelson
Charlie Tahan
as Danny Willis
James Franco
as Mark Flanner
Austin James
as Chauffeur
Ato Essandoh
as Jean's Lover
Ted Manson
as Old Gus
Irene Ziegler
as Real Estate Woman
Terri Johnson
as Medical Resident
Huyen Thi
as Nurse
Jessica Lucas
as Admiring Nurse
Nina Voltaire
as Surgery Patient
Marisela Ramirez
as Ecuadorian Patient
Kimberly Sauls
as Pregnant Woman
Dihedry Aguilar
as Bus Passenger
Hal Scarborough
as Ferry Boat Captain
Candy Dennis
as Ferry Woman
Gail Lane
as Ferry Woman
Chookie Ramsey
as Ferry Woman
Betsy Duke
as Ferry Woman
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Critic Reviews for Nights in Rodanthe

All Critics (135) | Top Critics (33)

Something about Diane Lane's performance, especially in that third act, really got me involved in the film emotionally.

Full Review… | November 5, 2008
At the Movies
Top Critic

Most of the movie was cloying. All of it was predictable.

Full Review… | November 5, 2008
At the Movies
Top Critic

The comparative savvy that Wolfe showed in HBO's stage-to-TV transfer of Lackawanna Blues has gone missing.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

So nondescript that its anonymity becomes its very personality.

Full Review… | April 14, 2012
Antagony & Ecstasy

...the film ultimately earns a place for itself within the pantheon of effectively stirring romantic tearjerkers.

Full Review… | November 23, 2009
Reel Film Reviews

A movie that looks and sounds a whole lot bigger than it actually is.

Full Review… | March 4, 2009

Audience Reviews for Nights in Rodanthe

Chick Flick with Questionable actions 2 stars

Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

A girly tearjerker movie. Had me crying so much. :') Richard Gere, Reawwrr..

Ginny  X

Super Reviewer

CAST: Diane Lane, Ricard Gere, Christopher Meloni, Mae Whitman, Viola Davis, James Franco, Scott Glenn

DIRECTED BY: George C. Wolfe

SUMMARY: Adrienne Willis (Diane Lane), a woman with her life in chaos, retreats to the tiny coastal town of Rodanthe, in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, to tend to a friend?s inn for the weekend. Here she hopes to find the tranquility she so desperately needs to rethink the conflicts surrounding her?a wayward husband who has asked to come home, and a teenaged daughter who resents her every decision. Almost as soon as Adrienne gets to Rodanthe, a major storm is forecast and Dr. Paul Flanner (Richard Gere) arrives. The only guest at the inn, Flanner is not on a weekend escape but rather is there to face his own crisis of conscience. Now, with the storm closing in, the two turn to each other for comfort and, in one magical weekend, set in motion a life-changing romance that will resonate throughout the rest of their lives.

MY THOUGTHS: I really liked the story, but the ending I am still unsure about. I didn't even for a second see that happening. I thought it was just going to be one of those predictable love stories. How very wrong I was. I am all for the non typical endings. But I wanted it to be typical in this film. It was just so sad. I really felt for the characters. Diane and Richard were great together. All of the acting was good. Seemed a little forced with Mae at times. But for most, all did a great job.


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Nights in Rodanthe Quotes

Adrienne Willis: I know you've only ever known your father and me. And I love Jack, because he is your father. But there's another kinda love, Amanda. One that gives you the courage to be better than you are, not less than you are. One that makes you feel that anything is possible. I want you to know that you could have it. I want you to hold out for it.
– Submitted by Alyssa B (2 years ago)
Dr. Paul Flanner: What keeps you safe?
Adrienne Willis: Well, you fall in love with someone, you know... and you make a family... and you become what you think you're supposed to be. And you change and you give up certain things. Then they look at what you've got left and you wish you... I don't know, you just think maybe you shouldn't have.
Dr. Paul Flanner: Don't.
Dr. Paul Flanner: Just don't do it.
Adrienne Willis: ...Huh.
– Submitted by Alyssa B (2 years ago)
Dr. Paul Flanner: We all make choices, Adrianne. You chose that life, you chose that man. Do you even remember who you really are anymore?
Adrienne Willis: Just stop it.
– Submitted by Alyssa B (2 years ago)
Adrienne Willis: When Jack left me, it wasn't just our marriage ending. It was the loss of all the hopes that I'd had for future. I tried to move on, but the world didn't seem that interested in me anymore. Then you came along, and helped me believe in myself again.
– Submitted by Alyssa B (2 years ago)

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