The Notebook is a 2004 romantic drama film directed by Nick Cassavetes, based on the romance novel of the same name by Nicholas Sparks. The film stars Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams as a young couple who fall in love during the early 1940s. Their story is narrated from the present day by an elderly man played by James Garner, telling the tale to a fellow nursing home resident, played by Gena Rowlands.
At a modern-day nursing home, an elderly man named Duke (James Garner) begins to read a romantic love story from his notebook to a female fellow patient (Gena Rowlands).
The story begins in 1940. At a carnival in Seabrook Island, South Carolina, local country boy Noah Calhoun (Ryan Gosling) sees seventeen-year-old heiress Allie Hamilton (Rachel McAdams) for the first time and is immediately smitten. She coyishly resists his advances until their well-meaning friends lure them together; he courts her, and they find each other on a midnight walk through empty Seabrook, where she tells him she loves to paint.
Noah and Allie share an idyllic summer love affair together. One moonlit night, a week before Allie is to leave town, when their deep romantic passions and desire to be alone