A Walk to Remember

7.31 h 42 min2002X-RayPG
Love brings together what peer pressure and lifestyles seek to keep apart in this coming-of-age story based on the bestselling book.
Adam Shankman
Mandy MooreDaryl HannahPeter Coyote
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Shane West
Denise Di NoviHunt Lowry
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Butterflymom54Reviewed in the United States on June 20, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
A beautiful love story in more ways than one
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A lovely movie about high schoolers bowing to peer pressure and cultural norms. Teens making decisions without a lot of forethought. Then an accident shakes up the works and two people come together and change each others life path. A young man's eyes are opened and a young ladies heart is healed. This story is one of Nicolas Sparks better movies and designed after his own sister. I am thankful she inspired this character. I am also very glad he decided to share her spirit with others. I appreciate the true to life characters and their actions and hope people will not let that turn them off. We do not have to be perfect to be loved. Also this movie does not preach or hit anyone over the head with religion. These people attend Church, read their Bibles and recite scripture but that is a gift to be shared. No one need feel condemned. Christ will always be the purest form of love that inspires people to take a second, third and fourth look at people and see their worth. Jaime did that. She saw something in Landon. Enjoy the movie. I have for about 7 times. I see something I missed each time. Love it and highly recommend it. Be blessed! :)
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BillReviewed in the United States on February 17, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
...A love story, a rebirth of one's soul
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I lost my fiancee to cancer, I have known about this movie for a long time, and saw it many years ago... Today I thought about it, jumped on Amazon and purchased it... The emotional roller coaster this movie takes you on is an all-too accurate reflection of what those around someone stricken with this horrible disease feel. the movie never once felt like it was pushing faith on me.. Mandy Moore and Shane West could not have been cast better. A portrait of two competing worlds that were perfectly juxtaposed and somehow melded together despite those contrasts.

This is a movie that has such a deep emotional connection that it can make a guy cry. A beautiful sadness is how I would describe this movie. I would recommend it to anyone.
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Ashley PriceReviewed in the United States on June 17, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
A gem of a movie
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I really liked this movie in high school. I'm 30 I watched it again. And I still think this movie is a great film. Shane West gives a great but subtle performance and Mandy Moore definitely gives a lovely performance as well. The message is great. The movie centers in Shane's character. His life is changed by Mandy's character. Don't want to spoil anything else. There is some language in the film, but no sexual content so it's a decent film to show younger people (teens) if a few bad words are acceptable. This has always been my favorite movie of the Nicholas Sparks movies that were made. The Notebook was good too, but I think I like the message and plot of this movie much better. Rent, stream or buy this movie...you won't regret it!
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Richard JassoReviewed in the United States on July 3, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Faith, love the innocence of youth shattered by fate then rearranged by love.
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Mandy Moore is breathtakingly inward and outwardly beautiful and carries her genuine character to the limit.
The rest of her film career I know nothing about but this movie and it’s music played an unexpected role of support and inspiration in our own family tragedy soon after it came out.
It was tough to watch again years later but no less inspirational and hauntingly uplifting.
For all of Sparks at time’s maudlin romantic tales somehow grab you, this is his best on film besides Notebook due in large part to Moore’s and West’s chemistry of tragically hopeful young love.
Respected film critic, Roger Ebert reviewed the film when it first came out and gave it high marks for its sweet,sincere honesty in dealing with values and positive qualities especially in regards to teenage romance.
He was relieved it didn’t go down the path of teen movies that somehow turns 18 year olds into 30 year old stand up, cynical comics.
After close to 20 years now, this film has lasting power.
James E. Hackney Jr.Reviewed in the United States on May 4, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
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I'm not much on reviews, but "A Walk to Remember" is a unique experience. I know the critics pretty much panned it and there were some things about it that I didn't care for. Especially too much scenery, though I understand what it represented, The story is fairly pedestrian unless the back story of Nicholas Sparks' little sister is known. What makes this little love story transcendent is the utterly brilliant performances by Mandy Moore and Shane West. I'm pretty sure Mandy was only 17 when the movie was made. I know she had to do schoolwork and couldn't work more than 10 hours a day. She was incandescent as the pure hearted innocent Jamie. Shane was completely believable as he transitioned from an obnoxious bad ass to a totally faithful and supportive lover. That's not easy to do. The supporting cast did a nice job as well, especially Peter Coyote and Daryl Hannah. I've watched this movie at least five times all the way through and the last hour (mol) from Mandy's beautiful rendition of "Only Hope" to the end another five times. Shane did a sweet job of showing Landon being transfixed by Jamie in the song scene. This is no mere chick flick....
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Nick PearsonReviewed in the United States on May 30, 2013
4.0 out of 5 stars
'It all comes down to who's by your side!' - Nicholas Sparks's novel brought to life on the big screen!
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'A Walk to Remember' was the film that first introduced me to the brilliant works of Nicholas Sparks, plus also the talent of actress and singer/songwriter Mandy Moore. Mandy was very young (seventeen I believe) when she starred in this movie as Jamie Sullivan, and it has been interesting to see her progression in various fields since then to the present day. I stumbled upon this film on YouTube of all places, whilst randomly searching for videos one afternoon, and I was instantly fixed on the various clips that had been uploaded. Therefore, I decided to purchase the movie on DVD and watch the production straight through, to make up my own mind surrounding the attention it seemed to gather from fellow YouTubers. I knew the overall story, as I had read some reviews beforehand, and this is what initially drew me to the movie.
The film is based on the book of the same name by Nicholas Sparks, being based in the fictional town of Beaufort. The book is set in the 1940s/50s, whereas the film is set in more contemporary 1998. This was done, on the recommendation of Sparks himself, so that the movie could generate more interest with a younger crowd, being set in a more contemporary period. It is, of course, a love story, but also has a resonance of Christian values that aren't too forcibly placed onto the audience, whether religiously minded or not. The film focuses on a young lad, Landon Carter (played by the multi-talented Shane West), who is pretty much going nowhere fast and losing his sense of identity along the way, i.e. hanging around with the wrong crowd and getting in trouble with the law etc. A young girl, Jamie Sullivan (Moore), who is also the town minister's daughter, has known of Landon's reputation for years and befriends him in order to help him with rehearsals in the upcoming school recital, in which he was forced to take part following a teenage prank gone wrong. Suffice to say, a sweet and romantic love story ensues, as is typical of Sparks's productions, but it is engrained in sadness from the very beginning by the fact that Jamie has terminal leukaemia. The film deals with this revelation sensitively and the ensuing story is a sheer testament to Sparks' creative mind.
The character of Jamie was, in fact, based upon Sparks' own sister, who died of terminal cancer in similar circumstances. This fact also resonated with me in that this was the first film I had seen to deal with terminal illness since I was diagnosed with a bone-marrow debilitating disease known as Aplastic Anaemia, which has effects very similar to leukaemia. Over the years, it has helped me deal with the strains of living with this condition, which can sometimes be overbearing, to say the least. Unfortunately, the film didn't garner a plethora of positive reviews with certain movie critics upon its cinematic release, and the Christian community has made a bit of an uproar concerning some 'over-sexualised' scenes. This certainly should not deter anybody from seeing the movie, however, and I'm sure the experience will leave you feeling uplifted and grateful for life in general.
The film was initially released on VHS and DVD in 2002, and the DVD, distributed by Warner Brothers, is a fairly simple release with few heavy extras (undeniably because of the relatively poor box-office performance, they didn't want to invest heavily on the film distribution). The film itself is presented in wide-screen letter-box format on the DVD release, whilst the VHS is formatted for full-screen presentation. The DVD also has English and French language audio options, as well as providing subtitles for the English hard-of-hearing, and for those who wish to follow in French or Spanish. The two main DVD extras included are the two commentaries for the feature film. I found the commentary by Nicholas Sparks and screen-writer Karen Janszen particularly interesting, as there is a lot of discussion about the process of translating Sparks' original novel into a screen-play, and how certain elements of the book had to be tweaked in order to fit into the film's contemporary setting. The other commentary includes contributions from the two main cast members, Mandy Moore and Shane West, alongside movie director Adam Shankman. This is also very interesting, as there is a lot of talk about certain deleted scenes that never made the final cut due to the film board and overall timing constraints. It really is a shame that none of these deleted scenes were included on this DVD Release as extras, as I got the impression that they would have added more background and comedy into the production as a whole. Also included is the theatrical trailer for the film and film highlights of the main cast. Mandy Moore's music video for her single 'Cry' (included on her eponymous third album) is also included as a bonus feature on both formats, in which Shane West stars as Landon looking up to the sky to see Jamie in heaven (presumably!).
It would be a shame not to experience this film at least once in your life, and this is why I recommend you to see for yourself Sparks' sensitive production about life, love, forgiveness, and teenage angst. I would also recommend anyone interested in the film to seek out Sparks' novel of the same name, which is in some ways worlds apart from the movie, but serves as a nice accompaniment to the feature production. It is, additionally, worth seeking out the movie soundtrack, preferably in its re-release special extended edition, which includes music from Moore herself, Switchfoot, James Foreman, and many other noteworthy performers.
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FlowerReviewed in the United States on February 11, 2012
5.0 out of 5 stars
True Love! Your actions can save souls!
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This was and is a great movie! Words and your actions do have the power to win and save souls for the kingdom! This movies shows how even when you walk through persecution your response can determine the souls that will be saved.

We just viewed this awesome movie and are so Blessed to have this movie in our collection. This movie comes with special features that include Mandy Moore's Cry video which is an awesome video, commentaries, cast and crew, and theatrical trailer. This DVD also has scenes selections and languages.

We cried and we laughed through out this movie. We felt the warmth and joy this movie is packed with. This is not just a movie about or for teenagers, everyone can leave this movie with warmness, lessons learned, and joy!

The music is so beautiful! The cast performance is outstanding and performed with excellence.

Many times when we are rejected we give the wrong response. We forget it may be our response that can win or lose souls. This movie has so many lessons for the young and mature.. Pay no attention to the negative reviews.. If you were not moved by this movie.. Then remove the stones from your heart, and the planks from your eyes and view this movie in a non judgmental spirit. Stand for truth, and stop the compromising.

We pray film directors, faith based companies, churches, faith based organizations, etc continue to make more movies like this.. that will continue to inspire, build faith, and encourage the viewers.. Nicolas Sparks always has awesome work!

The youth of today need positive things to view and this DVD fits the bill! Great for church movie night, neighborhood movie night, family movie night or just to use as a faith building tool! I can see youth study groups with this using this movie. More tools for your tool box!

Be inspired!
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Lonnie E. HolderReviewed in the United States on January 9, 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars
Poignant, Sensitive Story
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Another Amazon reviewer who has consistently given me good recommendations, directed me to this movie. I'm glad he did because had he not, I might never have watched because this movie appears to be just another maudlin teen movie. Instead I found the story to be sensitive and compelling.
We are introduced to Landon Carter (Shane West) at the very beginning of the movie. Landon is one of the "popular" crowd, and he and several other teenagers have challenged another teenager to jump into a pool of water, where he immediately becomes injured. I quickly disliked Landon and had him pegged as shallow with too much time on his hands; his only goal was to have fun. During the initial portion of the movie I struggled to keep watching because Landon's character was too stereotypical and too shallow. Landon is the kind of person I avoided in high school.
Soon we meet Jamie Sullivan (Mandy Moore). Jamie is everything that Landon is not. She is serious and focused. She is involved and has goals. It's also immediately apparent that Jamie is considered a geek and is about as far from being popular as a high school person can be. Yet, I found Jamie to be far more interesting than Landon, and once she was introduced I started to become interested in the story.
At first I thought that Landon was going to spend a fair amount of time trying to have sex with Jamie. He started his relationship in just that way. Jamie has a healthy dose of skepticism for the motives of "popular" males and sees his advances for what they are. Jamie intrigues Landon. She is everything he is not. Landon likes her self-assurance, her goals for the future. In spite of his background, he finds himself falling for her.
Jamie, on the other hand, is the daughter of Reverend Sullivan, played by Peter Coyote. Initially it appeared that the Reverend was a very restrictive father, particularly since Jamie is not allowed to date. Eventually Landon talks with Reverend Sullivan and asks him if Jamie can go to dinner with him. While Reverend Sullivan is at first reluctant, he senses Landon's sincerity and relents, with strict admonition regarding the time that Jamie must be home.
We are soon deeply involved in the romance between Jamie and Landon. Jamie shares her goals with Landon, some of which he tries to make come true. One of my favorites was Jamie's goal of being in two places at once. Landon figures a cool way of making it happen. Jamie has a lengthy list of goals, a number of which Landon makes come true.
Eventually we find that Jamie has a secret that she reluctantly must share with Landon. Rather than pushing Landon away, Jamie's secret causes Landon to fall so deeply in love with Jamie that the rest of the movie is incredibly, wonderfully beautiful and poignant.
I puzzled for much of the first part of the movie to figure out what this movie was really about. Was it about Landon? Was it about Jamie? Was it about the two of them together? It took me until the end of the movie to realize that the central character was always Landon. Jamie remains the same person from the beginning to the end, a beautiful soul. Landon starts the film as a shallow person, but changes his life to one of purpose by his exposure to Jamie. We see Jamie fill Landon with a sense of resolve that will carry him through the rest of his life.
After having seen so many awful teen movies, it was wonderful to find one that treated teenagers as people with hopes, dreams and goals. Jamie's secret is profound and sad, but Jamie's secret was but one step in Landon becoming a sensitive man with goals of his own. Therein lays the beauty of this movie. It recognizes that all things beautiful require evolution, and the love that Jamie and Landon share evolves naturally versus a single event that pushes the two toward love. I strongly recommend this movie for teenagers and older family members, avoiding the younger members of the family due to some of the situations and profanity. Just be sure to have a box of tissues handy.
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