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Drama, Romance, Thriller




Lasse Hallstrom

Music director
United States

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Release date
February 14, 2013 (2013-02-14)

Based on
Dana Stevens (screenplay), Gage Lansky (screenplay), Nicholas Sparks (based upon the novel by)

Initial release
February 13, 2013 (Philippines)

Dana Stevens, Leslie Bohem

(Katie Feldman), (Alex Wheatley), (Jo), (Kevin Tierney), (Lieutenant Robinson)

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Katie Feldman (Julianne Hough) moves to a small town on the North Carolina coast, determined to make a new life for herself. She takes a job as a waitress and keeps a low profile, but she is soon won over by the warmth and caring of the close-knit community, especially that of widower Alex (Josh Duhamel). With the help of Alex and his children, Katie learns to love and trust again but when a mysterious stranger arrives and starts asking questions, Katies dark past threatens to reclaim her.


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Safe Haven is a 2013 American romance film starring Julianne Hough, Josh Duhamel and Cobie Smulders. It was released theatrically in North America on February 14, 2013. The film was directed by Lasse Hallstrom, and is an adaptation of Nicholas Sparks 2010 novel of the same name. The film was originally set for a February 8 release, but was moved to February 14, 2013. The film was widely panned by critics, but was nonetheless financially successful with a worldwide gross of $97.6 million against its $28 million budget.

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A young woman with a mysterious past lands in Southport, North Carolina where her bond with a widower forces her to confront the dark secret that haunts her.

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A woman leaves her house in Boston holding a bloody knife. She is shown moments later at the bus station trying flee town. She buys a bus ticket with her hair now cropped and bleached and stops in the small town of Southport, North Carolina. At the general store, she introduces herself as Katie. After acquiring a job as a waitress and renting a small house on the edge of town, Katie Feldman (Julianne Hough) befriends her neighbor, Jo (Cobie Smulders) and meets Alex Wheatley (Josh Duhamel), a widowed father of two young children, Josh (Noah Lomax) and Lexie (Mimi Kirkland).

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Katie and Alex eventually start a relationship, and she becomes like a mother to Josh and Lexie. Meanwhile, Kevin Tierney (David Lyons), a Boston police officer, searches for his wife, Erin, and sends out reports saying that she is wanted for attempted murder.

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Alex sees Erins picture in the police station and notices the picture bears a striking resemblance to Katie. He confronts Katie with the information, causing a huge fight. They break up, and Katie moves out of her house. As she is about to leave town, however, Alex intercepts her and says that he has fallen in love with her. Katie returns his love, and decides to stay in Southport. She tells Alex that Kevin is her husband, an abusive alcoholic whom she stabbed in self-defense before fleeing to Southport under another name. Meanwhile, Kevin breaks into Katies former neighbors home back in Boston and finds the phone number to the Southport restaurant where Katie works.

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Arriving just in time for the towns Fourth of July parade, Kevin sees Katie kissing Alex, which enrages him. Later, Katie has a dream that she is standing on the docks watching the fireworks when Jo comes up and tells Katie that "he" is here. Katie wakes up in the convenience store next to a fast asleep Lexie. Suddenly, Kevin appears and confronts her, drunkenly demanding that she go back with him. She refuses and tells him to leave. Kevin pulls a gun and pours gasoline all over the store, with the intent to burn it down.

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When he hesitates, Katie buys time by faking sympathy for him and agreeing to return home with him; when he lets his guard down, she pushes him into the water. However, a firework spark lands on the gasoline, igniting a fire that engulfs the store. Alex sees the burning store, quickly makes his way across the lake by boat, and saves Lexie. Meanwhile, Katie tries to fight off Kevin, who is attempting to shoot her. After a long struggle, she makes one last desperate grab at the gun and it goes off, killing Kevin.

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Later on, Alex finds several letters written by his late wife, prepared ahead of time for memorable events such as Joshs eighteenth birthday and Lexies wedding day. Alex gives Katie a letter with the words "To Her" on the envelope. The letter thanks the recipient for making Alex happy. The movie ends with the revelation that Jo, who had supposedly left town moments before, is actually the ghost of Alexs wife.


  • Julianne Hough as Katie Feldman/Erin Tierney
  • Josh Duhamel as Alex Wheatley
  • Cobie Smulders as Jo/Carly
  • David Lyons as Kevin Tierney
  • Mimi Kirkland as Lexie Wheatley
  • Noah Lomax as Josh Wheatley
  • Irene Ziegler as Mrs. Feldman
  • Robin Mullins as Maddie
  • Red West as Roger
  • Juan Carlos Piedrahita as Detective Ramirez
  • Cullen Moss as Deputy Bass
  • Mike Pniewski as Lieutenant Robinson
  • Production

    Safe Haven (film) movie scenes The first long sex scene in Blue Is the Warmest Color The movie is filled with carnal moments that fluctuate between delicious and harrowing

    The film began principal photography on June 18, 2012 in Wilmington and Southport, North Carolina. Parts of it were filmed in Louisiana and the opening scene with Katie on the Coach America bus is on the Linn Cove Viaduct along the Blue Ridge Parkway near Grandfather Mountain in Linville, North Carolina.


    Critical reaction for Safe Haven was largely negative. Peter Bradshaw, writing for The Guardian, called Safe Havens setting "a sugary vision of small-town America that does not correspond with the real world at any point." Peter Travers summed up his Rolling Stone review with: "I hate Safe Haven. Its a terrible thing to do to your Valentine."

    The film has a score of 34 on Metacritic, a "generally unfavorable" score, based on 33 reviews. It holds a 12% "rotten" rating on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 137 critic reviews.

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    Nicholas Sparks wrote the story for Safe Haven and The Best of Me. Nicholas Sparks wrote the story for Safe Haven and Dear John. Nicholas Sparks wrote the story for Safe Haven and The Lucky One. Nicholas Sparks wrote the story for Safe Haven and Nights in Rodanthe. Nicholas Sparks wrote the story for Safe Haven and The Longest Ride.

    Home media

    Safe Haven was released on DVD and Blu-ray on May 7, 2013.


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