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Dear John Movie DVD RIP

Dear John Movie DVD RIP


Directed by Lasse Hallström
Produced by Marty Bowen
Wyck Godfrey
Ryan Kauvanaugh
Written by Jamie Linden
Nicholas Sparks (Novel)
Starring Channing Tatum
Amanda Seyfried
Henry Thomas
Scott Porter
Richard Jenkins
Music by Deborah Lurie
Cinematography Terry Stacey
Editing by Kristina Boden
Studio Relativity Media
Temple Hill Productions
Distributed by Screen Gems (US)
Momentum Pictures
Paramount Pictures (UK)
Release date(s) February 5, 2010 (2010-02-05)
Running time 105 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $25,000,000
Gross revenue $88,630,723[1]


The movie opens with John Tyree (Channing Tatum), a young soldier from the Army Special Forces, lying on the ground in his army gear with gunshot wounds. Coins begin to fall over him as he recalls a childhood trip to the U.S. Coin mint. He goes on to compare himself to a coin in the United States of America's army and states that the last thing he thought about before he blacked out, was "You".

In 2000, John is on leave when he meets Savannah Lynn Curtis (Amanda Seyfried), a college student on spring break. In a matter of days, Savannah and John fall in love. John meets Savannah's family as well as her neighbor, Tim Wheddon (Henry Thomas) and Tim's autistic son, Alan, who looks up to Savannah. Savannah meets and befriends John's father, a reclusive man who is only interested in his coin collection. John tells Savannah that his father has always been obsessed with coins and has not been much of a father to John, whose mother is not in the picture. Savannah mentions to John, that his father, like Alan, may have autism. This upsets John, who believes Savannah is calling his father retarded. He is so caught up in his anger that he gets into a fight with Savannah's rich neighbor, Randy (Scott Porter), accidentally punching Tim in the process. John apologizes to Tim the next day and leaves Savannah a note, seeking her forgiveness before his leave comes to an end. Savannah gets the note, and they spend one last day together. John returns to the army and he and Savannah begin a long distance relationship through handwritten letters. John believes that year will be his final year of enlistment, but, following the September 11 attacks, is torn between returning home and his sense of duty. He is given eighteen hours off, which he spends with Savannah and her family as well as with his father. He asks Savannah for her opinion on whether or not he should re-enlist, and she tells him to do what he feels is right. Like the rest of the soldiers in his unit, John chooses to re-enlist.

Over the next several years, John faces increasingly dangerous missions and begins to live almost entirely for Savannah's letters. However, John and Savannah find themselves drifting apart. Finally, Savannah, sad but resigned, sends John a Dear John letter, informing him that she has become engaged to someone else. John is deeply depressed and frustrated by the news, and believes she is engaged to Randy. On a mission, he enters a dangerous area and is shot several times by an enemy. His captain suggests that John go home and spend time with his father, but John, still upset about Savannah, he chooses to re-enlist again. He decides that he will make a career out of the Army and stay enlisted for as long as possible. He is informed after another mission that he is being sent home, because his father suffered a heart attack. John spends the last few days of his father's life by his side, and writes him a letter. His father has difficulty opening it, so John reads it to him. It is then that the viewers find out that John's speech at the beginning of the film addressed his father, not Savannah. He and his father connect in a tearful moment, and his father dies. John decides to go see Savannah, and discovers she married Tim, not her rich friend. Savannah tells him Tim has cancer, and is not allowed to leave the hospital. She says that the only way he can come home is by having an experimental drug that they cannot afford. John visits Tim in the hospital and leaves Savannah. John then sells his father's coin collection and donates the money anonymously to finance Tim's operation. The next scene shows John back with his unit as he uses one of his father's coins for "fate." John then gets an unexpected letter from Savannah. In the letter, Savannah writes about how she knows that John sold his father's coin collection to help Tim with his operation and thanks him for doing so. Tim, however, dies after 2 months. Moved by Savannah's letter, John gets a new lease on life and decides to leave the Army after his last tour. In the last scene of the film, John sees Savannah on the street and they embrace.

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