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Richard Gere and Diane Lane in Nights in Rodanthe

Richard Gere and Diane Lane in 'Nights in Rodanthe.'

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Why is Nicholas Sparks so successful at writing bestselling love stories? Sparks keeps churning out these irresistible romantic tales, yet Hollywood's success at adapting his work for the screen can only be described as lukewarm at best. 1999's Message in a Bottle wasn't well reviewed and did only $52 million in ticket sales domestically. 2002's A Walk to Remember starring pop star-turned-actress Mandy Moore met with even less enthusiastic reviews and left U.S. theaters after bringing in just $41 million. 2004's The Notebook performed the best in theaters, bringing in $81 million while racking up slightly better reviews.

Now, the most mature of Sparks' romantic stories heads to theaters with Diane Lane and Richard Gere in the lead roles, and with acclaimed Broadway writer/director George C Wolfe at the helm. Nights in Rodanthe reunites the stars of The Cotton Club and Unfaithful for a romantic drama aimed at older audiences - a demographic not usually targeted by Hollywood studios. Here's hoping ticket sales are brisk so that even more quiet, thoughtful films can be greenlit.

The Story
Adrienne (Lane) takes on the job of filling in for a friend who owns a bed and breakfast in order to allow herself some time away from home; she needs the opportunity to think about her chaotic family life. The only guest at the bed and breakfast that weekend is Dr. Paul Flanner (Gere), and Adrienne believes she'll have plenty of alone time to sort out her personal matters. But as she gets to know the handsome doctor, Adrienne is drawn to the man she's just barely met but feels like she's known forever.

Nights in Rodanthe weaves its love story over moviegoers on September 26, 2008.

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