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Nights in Rodanthe is a 2008 American romantic drama film. It is an adaptation of Nicholas Sparks 2002 novel of the same name. The film stars Richard Gere and Diane Lane in their third screen collaboration after The Cotton Club (1984) and Unfaithful (2002).

It was filmed in the small seaside village of Rodanthe, the northernmost village of the inhabited areas of Hatteras Island as well as North Topsail Beach, North Carolina.


Adrienne Willis (Diane Lane) is in the process of getting a divorce from her husband Jack (Christopher Meloni) after he left her for another woman. Their separation has caused a rift between Adrienne and her rebellious teenage daughter, Amanda (Mae Whitman). One morning, when picking up Amanda and his son Danny (Charlie Tahan) for a weekend visit, Jack tells Adrienne he still loves her and wants to move back home. She tells him she needs time and space to think.

Adrienne drives to Rodanthe, North Carolina to look after a friend s (Viola Davis) bed-and-breakfast for the weekend. It is a house right on the beach, partially in the surf at high tide. The only guest for the weekend is surgeon Paul Flanner (Richard Gere). He suffers from flashbacks of a surgery that ended tragically, which has made him cold and frustrated. The family of the patient who died live in Rodanthe and is suing him for wrongful death.

As a storm arrives, Paul and Adrienne work together to protect the inn. They dine together, share stories, and eventually turn to each other for emotional support. A genuine romance begins and they fall in love. With Adrienne s advice and moral support, Paul finds the courage to visit the deceased patient s widower. He also feels guilty for passing up a relationship with his son Mark (James Franco) in favor of his career. He eventually decides to visit Ecuador, where Mark is working as a physician in an impoverished community.

During their separation, Adrienne and Paul exchange numerous letters expressing their longing to be together again. On the evening that Adrienne and Paul are to reunite, he does not show up. One afternoon, Mark arrives at Adrienne s door with a box of Paul s personal belongings. Paul had been killed in a flash mudslide while attempting to save medical supplies. Mark thanks Adrienne for giving him back the father he knew when he was a child .

Over the following weeks, Adrienne struggles with the grief of losing Paul. Eventually, Amanda coaxes the story from her mother. A turning point for their relationship, Adrienne begins to deal with her loss. She tells her daughter the story of the very special type of love she found with Paul, and encourages her daughter to seek that for herself someday.

Adrienne returns to Rodanthe and sees a small herd of wild horses on the beach by the inn. She, her children, and her best friend walk down to the dock where Adrienne and Paul once danced.


  • Diane Lane as Adrienne Willis
  • Richard Gere as Dr. Paul Flanner
  • James Franco as Dr. Mark Flanner
  • Scott Glenn as Robert Torrelson
  • Christopher Meloni as Jack Willis
  • Carolyn McCormick as Jenny
  • Viola Davis as Jean
  • Pablo Schreiber as Charlie Torrelson
  • Mae Whitman as Amanda Willis
  • Charlie Tahan as Danny Willis


The house was damaged in a hurricane after the movie was filmed. New owners bought the house and relocated it to another part of the Outer Banks. Tourists to the area can rent portions of the house and stay in specific rooms that have been remodeled to appear as they did in the film (actual interior scenes were filmed on sound stages). The name of the house is Serendipity.


Box office

Nights in Rodanthe has grossed $41.9 million in North America and $42.5 million in other territories for a worldwide total of $84.4 million.

In its opening weekend, the film grossed $13.4 million, finishing second at the box office behind Eagle Eye ($59.6 million). It became Warner Bros. thirteenth highest-grossing release of 2008.

Critical reception

According to review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the critical consensus holds that the film is derivative and schmaltzy and strongly mottled by contrivances that even the charisma of stars Diane Lane and Richard Gere can t repair . The site rates the movie as rotten , with a score of 30% based on 132 reviews. Metacritic scored the film with a 39/100, or generally unfavorable , based on 26 critics reviews. Although the movie was panned, it grossed $84.4 million worldwide.

The Times included Nights in Rodanthe on its 100 Worst Films of 2008 list. In 2010, Time magazine named it one of the 10 worst chick flicks ever made.


Year Award Category Recipient(s) Result
2009 AARP Movies for Grownups Awards Best Grownup Love Story Diane Lane and Richard Gere Nominated

Home media

Nights in Rodanthe was released on DVD and Blu-ray on February 10, 2009.

Year 2008
ReleaseDate 2008-09-26
RuntimeMins 97
RuntimeStr 1h 37min
Plot A doctor, who is travelling to see his estranged son, sparks with an unhappily married woman at a North Carolina inn.
Awards Awards, 1 nomination
Directors George C. Wolfe
Writers Ann Peacock, John Romano, Nicholas Sparks
Stars Diane Lane, Richard Gere, Christopher Meloni
Produced by Bruce Berman,Doug Claybourne,Denise Di Novi,Dana Goldberg,Alison Greenspan
Music by Jeanine Tesori
Cinematography by Affonso Beato
Film Editing by Brian A. Kates
Casting By Lisa Mae Fincannon,Lynn Kressel
Production Design by Patrizia von Brandenstein
Art Direction by William G. Davis,Thomas Minton
Set Decoration by James Edward Ferrell Jr.
Costume Design by Vicki Farrell
Makeup Department Vivian Baker,Wendy Bell,LuAnn Claps,Julie Delaney,Kari Delaney,Robert Hall,Sandra S. Orsolyak,Lyndell Quiyou,Peter Tothpal
Production Management Marion Douglas,Ravi D. Mehta,Charlene Olson,Elizabeth Miller Gavcus
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director Brian Avery Galligan,Van Hayden,Michael G. Jefferson,Traci M. Lewis,Brian Niemczyk,Thomas Parris,Nancy L. Ventura
Art Department Susan Agnoff,McLean Alley,Robert Beck,Ron Dick,Thurston Edwards,Helen Fooks,Jeffery Goyer,Stephanie Hagens,Chris Holcombe,Margie McLamb Holowaty,Russell H. Holt,Tom Jones Jr.,Randy Kenan,Alicia Lowe,Alex McCarroll,Nicholas E. McDonald,Paul Oliver,James F. Oñate,Missy Berent Ricker,Barbara Seinfeld, Jungle Jim Shaughnessy,Bob Smith,Greg Spencer,Stephanie Waldron,Michael A. Wells,Jesse Williams,Michael Williamson
Sound Department Jeff Babb,Petra Bach,David V. Butler,C. Douglas Cameron,Ryan Davis,Matt Fann,Cameron Frankley,Jessica Goodwin,Jason W. Jennings,David Jobe,Pamela Kahn,Ai-Ling Lee,Brian Magerkurth,Jon Michaels,Alyson Dee Moore,Steve Pederson,John Roesch,Susumu Tokunow,Gregory H. Watkins,Petra Bach
Special Effects by Robert Calvert,Geoffrey C. Martin,Cortney McLeod,Matt Mizell,Edward Gettis
Visual Effects by Patrick Clancey,Eric Durst,Patrick Flanagan,Greg Groenekamp,Andreas Jablonka,Bonnie Kanner,Anne Putnam Kolbe,Steven Lloyd,George Macri,John R. McConnell,Ray McIntyre Jr.,Daniel Mellitz,Brad Moylan,Thomas Mathai
Stunts Jennifer Badger,John Copeman,John Gilbert,G. Grant Jewett,Donnie Saylor
Camera and Electrical Department Eric Bartsch,Jason Bellitto,Logan R. Berkshire,Neil Boone,Eddie Bowlin,Kelly Clear,Carlos Doerr,Mason Donnahoe,Rusty Edmonson,Henry E. Ezzell III,Benedict Fancy,Morris Flam,Les Franck,Russell Hardee,Jay Hardie,Chris Jadick,Brian Johnston,Chris Jones,Ritchie Nannini,David B. Nowell,Terry O Deen,Jimmie R. Owens,Michelle Pizanis,Felipe Fil Reinheimer,Robert Robinson,Todd SanSone,James Selph,Chris Shrider,Lee J. Stone,Michael Tackett,Greg Taylor,Paige Thomas,Kees Van Oostrum,Paul Varrieur,Sean Yaple,Simon Carey
Casting Department Ashli Bogart,Chris Bustard,Mark Fincannon,Barbara Harris,Matt Kane,Kevin Kuffa,Jennifer Small
Costume and Wardrobe Department Tommy Boyer,Christina Carter,Rachel Leek,Lynn Manock,Katrina Migliore,Kelly Summers,Beverley Woods
Editorial Department Ernest Leif Boyd,Ellen Hendrix,Mo Henry,Yvan Lucas,Alan Z. McCurdy,Ali Muney,Amy Pawlowski,Christian Prejza,Jonathan Spafford,Lee Wimer
Location Management Matthew K. Hacker,Bass Hampton,Andrew L. Lanier,Thomas Parris,Charles Stewart Jr.
Music Department Jeff Babb,Tom Brown,Brandon J. Burton,George Doering,Jonathan Duckett,Jay Duerr,Robert Fernandez,Matt Franko,Jim Hoffman,Will Kaplan,Brian Kilgore,Annette Kudrak,Larry Mah,Victor Pesavento,Buryl Red,Ryan Robinson,Peter Rotter,Naomi Sato,Robert Schaper,Peter Schwartz,Jeanine Tesori,James Thatcher
Script and Continuity Department Karol Griffiths,Jennifer Opresnick,Ken Hixon,George C. Wolfe
Transportation Department Donald Binder,Edwin Bowden,E. Michael Hewett,Jay Krueger,Debbie Lane,Justin Masters,Randall Pickett,Scott Siler
Additional Crew Missy Atkinson,Daniel Baggett,Ryan Bennett,Ashton J. Blessing,Heather Brannon,Clay Broaddus,Christopher C. Courter,Elizabeth A. Dennis,John DeSarno,Jamie Dorfman,Stephen Elliott,Rebekah M. Erford,D.R. Farquharson,Maureen Poon Fear,Mathew Ferrante,Matt Fink,Philippe Gallichet,Reva Grantham,Heath Howard,Jason Huberman,Eric Johnson,Aakomon Jones,Eryn Jones,Alex Konowitz,Debbie Lane,John C. Lanier,Meg Lansaw,Daryl C. Lefever,Vikki Lewis,Elizabeth Maltese,Julia Margagliotta,Debbie Marks,Jessica D. Mazzell,Cari Moskow,Shaun O Rourke,Tchaiko Omawale,David Paris,Hillary Pierce,Derek Pons,Jason Potash,Charlotte Rapak,Taffy Schweickhardt,Joanie Selden,Nick Shaheen,Jennifer Small,Patricia Story,Aaron Lee Syrett,Sarah Templeton,Mitch Urban,Stephanie Whallon,Kenneth White,Stephanie Yeager
Genres Drama, Romance
Companies Warner Bros., Village Roadshow Pictures, DiNovi Pictures
Countries USA, Australia
Languages English, Spanish
ContentRating PG-13
ImDbRating 6
ImDbRatingVotes 25199
MetacriticRating 39
Keywords inn,north carolina,death,infidelity,surgeon