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Paige and Leo (Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum) are a happy newlywed couple whose lives are changed by a car accident that puts Paige in a coma. Waking up with severe memory loss, Paige has no memory of Leo, a confusing relationship with her parents (Sam Neill and Jessica Lange), and an ex-fiancé (Scott Speedman) she may still have feelings for. Despite these complications, Leo endeavors to win her heart again and rebuild their marriage.


Rachel as: Paige
Other cast: Channing Tatum, Jessica Lange, Sam Neil, Jessica McNamee
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Directed by: Michael Sucsy
Written by: Jason Katims, Abby Kohn (screenplay), Stuart Sender (story), Marc Silverstein (screenplay)
Production Status: Released on DVD
World Premiere: February 6, 2012 in Los Angeles at the World premiere
Theatrical Release: February 10, 2012 (US & UK)
Genre: Drama/Romance
Rated: Rated PG-13 for an accident scene, sexual content, partial nudity and some language.
Distributor: Screen Gems (US)
Run time: 104 min
Production budget: $30.000.000 (estimated)
Box office: $41,202,458 (#1 rank, 2,958 theaters, $13,929 average). The movie was #1 during it’s opening weekend and broke several box office records including the biggest opening in the history of Sony’s Screen. Domestic Total Gross is $125,014,030 and the Foreign Total Gross is $71,100,540
Producers: Gary Barber, Roger Birnbaum, Susan Cooper, J. Miles Dale, Jonathan Glickman, Austin Hearst, Cassidy Lange, Rebekah Rudd, Paul Taublieb
Original Music by: Michael Brook, Rachel Portman
Cinematography by: Rogier Stoffers

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Production Notes

In A Love Rediscovered, The Love Story Rediscovered. Everybody loves a good romance, but hasn’t every love story been told by this point in the history of cinema?
Spyglass Entertainment Co-Chairman Roger Birnbaum admits he’d grappled with this question for years. Then a news story crossed his desk: “I read an article about a couple who’d been in a car accident and the woman never recovered her memories of the man she loved.” Immediately, the unusual nature of the story spoke to him.

What happened to New Mexico residents Kim Carpenter and his wife Krickitt — an initially tragic but ultimately uplifting saga of a man and woman who found each other again after a seemingly insurmountable obstacle – touched many lives when it was first reported. The Carpenters would eventually publish a book about their experience in 2000.

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Production Process

The filming locations for “The Vow” were Toronto (Canada) and Chicago (USA). The filming started late august 2010 in Toronto and the film wrapped in Chicago late October 2010. Because of the no photo policy on set we did not get that many photos of Rachel.

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Triva & Facts

• Rachel was wearing a brown wig for her role as Paige; because of the ‘no photo policy’ fan photos could not be taken in costume.
• Most of the film was filmed in Rachel’s hometown Toronto, only a few days of shooting took place in Chicago.
• The movie is based on the true story of Kim and Krickitt Carpenter, they published a book about their story called: “The Vow: The Kim and Krickitt Carpenter Story“.
• Kim and Krickitt Carpenter visited on set in Toronto.
• Ralph Lauren’s Romance was named exclusive fragrance partner, they hosted the world premiere in LA as well as the after party.
• Paige is wearing a wedding ring from Parade Designs and it has a nature-inspired Lyria Leaf pattern.
• The skinny dipping scene was filmed in Chicago during the winter.
• During the scene of Paige and Leo’s first date after the accident Rachel accidentally spills a little bit of the chocolate she was eating. It was not scripted, but it made it into the final version of the movie.
• Rachel and Channing both starred in a film adaption of a Nicolas Sparks novel.
• Rachel had to eat 30 truffles for a scene.
• The movie listed at the 4th place of Facebook’s Trending Movie list. It beat other 2012 box office hits like “Skyfall” and “The Dark Knight Rises”.

Character Quotes

Paige: I vow to help you love life, to always hold you with tenderness and to have the patience that love demands, to speak when words are needed and to share the silence when they are not and to live within the warmth of your heart and always call it home.
Leo: I vow to fiercely love you in all your forms, now and forever. I promise to never forget that this is a once in a lifetime love

Quotes from Rachel

“I loved the way the script unfolded. When we first meet Paige, she is a much more actualized version of herself than we see later on in the film, which is kind of a backwards way to go but exactly what I found so interesting.”
On why she got involved (Rezrib.com)

“Paige has embraced the life she’s made with Leo. They’re clearly free and comfortable and supportive of each other; she appreciates his music and he encourages her sculpting. But then we find out that she’s cut off from her family and denying a big part of her life.”
On her character paige (Rezrib.com)

“It’s a great romantic love story but also about familial love too. When Paige wakes up and doesn’t recognize her husband and learns that she’s estranged from her family, she sees big holes in her life that need to be filled in. I find that idea of not knowing if you will find your way back to your destiny so interesting.”
On the story (Rezrib.com)

“Not at all. I really try to do things I haven’t done before, and this character goes on such a roller coaster. Just when she’s beginning to really come into her own, everything is erased.”
On if she thought about “The Notebook” while reading the script (Glamour)

“I was worried we might not, because we were more like brother and sister, like buds. Channing is very outgoing, very kind and a lot of fun to work with.”
On her chemistry with Channing Tatum (Glamour)

“He’s the perfect guy for this role. He’s so chivalrous and such a man of his word. He’s a real renaissance man that way. He’s real gentleman. He added such lovely little touches to Leo; that he always offers his hand to me when I was getting out of a car. He has such nice manners. So he really plays that heroic type. He is going to do anything to win back his wife’s hart. And that’s very much, I think, who Channing is. He is a very heroic kind of guy.”
On Channing Tatum being the perfect Leo (Sony Pictures)

Quotes from Cast & Crew

“You gotta do the Dear Johns. You gotta do The Vow. I’m conscious about why I did those parts, those movies, I wanted to learn from Rachel on The Vow […] I didn’t go to acting school, so my knowledge of story, filmmaking, and character comes from just being on set and doing it. I know I’m not the best actor But I hope my characters are getting better.”
Channing Tatum, co-star (Details Magazine)

“Look, she [Rachel McAdams] is one of the most brilliant and beautifulpeople that I’ve ever met. Not just as an actor, but as a person. She cares. She has the true talent to be able to make any line work – and we’ve got some serious big lines in this movie – which can be hard to pull off, but she just does. She has an uncanny ability to make anything sound real and amazing because she commits and believes in it. I’m in awe of her and I’ve learned so much from her.”
Channing Tatum, co-star (Rezrib.com)

“We joked that she has the curse on being able to make any line work. And this movie got some lines in it! We got some serious big line in the movie which are hard to pull off sometimes but she just does. She has the uncanny ability to make anything sound real and amazing. She really commits, and believes in it. I don’t know, I’m in awe by her. She’s a shining little thing.”
Channing Tatum, co-star (Sony Pictures)

“The difficult thing for an actress in approaching the role of Paige is that she comes out and she doesn’t have any connection to her husband. He’s a stranger to her. If she’s too off-putting, it’s hard to root for her. And in the case of Rachel McAdams, she’s the perfect actress to play the role, because she can tread that line of being likeable, but being convincing that she’s going through this process of having lost her memory.”
Michael Sucsy, director (Rezrib.com)

“She is gorgeous. Just darling. Both of them [Rachel & Channing Tatum] are great.”
-Krickitt Carpenter, author of “The Vow: The Kim and Krickitt Carpenter Story” (Unknown)

“My character in The Vow is I’m Rachel McAdams’ ex-fiancee. She loses her memory in the movie and she can’t remember her current husband, Channing Tatum, but she remembers me, so she goes back to her old life and we kind of spark things up a little bit. It’s a good character, a bit different than the stuff I’ve usually done, which was interesting for me to do. It was great to work with all those people.”
-Scott Speedman, co-star (Movie web)

“Anytime you get to work with Rachel McAdams it’s kind of good. She was really the reason I wanted to do this. She’s very shy, but I think that’s part of it [people liking her]. She’s just a very real girl from Canada, which is where I am from so it’s nice. She is just sort of a timeless actress, she is a real through back that way. She is great.”
-Scott Speedman, co-star (Extra TV)

“I met her the day before we started shooting this. A big reason why I wanted to do this was to get to work with her. I think she’s one of our best. This is a not a lead, lead role or anything like that but when there’s incredible people to work with you really want to jump at it. She can handle a lot of material. She’s a very technically good actress. She’s not one of these girls who you feel is going to be around for two years when she’s 20 just ’cause she’s at that moment where it’s interesting to shoot (her). She’s a very, very good actress. She’s always present. She’s just always somebody that’s had that classical throwback vibe to her. It’s a rarity now, actually, for her talent.”
-Scott Speedman, co-star (Canoe)

“I’ve been around the block. Yes, I’ve done quite a few things, including a movie that was No. 1 at the box office, “The Vow.” That was a bit of a surprise. You never know what people are going to see, but there’s no denying the pulling power of Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum. They’re hot and they’re not grizzled.”
-Sam Neill, co-star (Huffington Post)

“I was just nervous talking to (McAdams), I think I asked her what her favourite movie was that she did and she’s like, ‘Are you serious?’. When you’re working with all these people you just have to convince yourself or just believe that you deserve to be there. You can’t just walk around and be a fan”
Dillon Casey, co-star (My Town Crier)

“Rachel McAdams plays my older sister, Sam Neill is my dad and Jessica Lange plays my mum. It was a crazy, surreal experience and everyone was so sweet. Rachel has this really wicked sense of humour. Sam totally had my back and Rachel and I just gushed about him”
Jessica McNamee, co-star (Herald Sun)

Critical Reception

“This is McAdams’s third unabashedly romantic movie, a formula that works for her, even though she’s a much more versatile and clever actress than projects like The Notebook and The Time Traveler’s Wife would suggest. She is as deft at projecting adorable vulnerability as Julia Roberts ever was. There’s a grin cradled in the parenthesis of deep dimples. Then there is a look I like to think of as her debutante’s delight, a sideways glance accompanied by a dip of her eyelashes. She’s obviously aware of the effect, and McAdams is still coasting along in that happiest stage in a rom com queen’s career, when the audience loves her grins and gimmicks unreservedly. They don’t seem like a crutch. Not yet anyway.”
Mary Pols (Time)

“The best thing in the film is McAdams, who moves through her post-amnesia scenes with a plausible mix of good humor and wariness. Her character retains our sympathy even when she’s making other people’s lives difficult, and you can see why Tatum’s Leo clings to her for dear life. He’s well cast as a burly lug who married far above his station. Despite that ‘nobody’s home’ air of his, he projects an uncomplicated decency, and you feel for him when McAdams’ disapproving parents (the underutilized Sam Neill and Jessica Lange) show him no love.”
Colin Covert (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

“McAdams is excellent as a woman struggling to recognise anything of herself in her marriage […] The few weaknesses in the plot can be overlooked as The Vow makes for a wonderful – if a bit teary – romance that is brilliantly acted.”
Helen O’Hara (Empire Magazine)

“Much of the appeal is down to McAdams, on such charming form that it’s just plain enjoyable to watch her, despite the broad strokes her internal struggle is painted in. […] For all its clunky scripting there’s an essential sweetness at work here, thanks partly to McAdams and partly to an unusually chaste love story that ultimately keeps melodrama at bay.”
Emma Dibdin (Total Film)

Promotion Tour

Appearances Rachel and her co-star Channing Tatum began their promotion tour in Europe. Their first stop was in London, UK. They stopped by BBC Radio and did a joint press junket (watch videos) on January 18, 2012. Next stop was Germany were they attend a photocall for the movie followed by a joint press junket for the international press on January 20, 2013. The final stop was Los Angeles for the world premiere of the movie on February 6, 2012.
TV Appearances Rachel made an appearance on various talk shows in the US. Her first stop was Live with Kelly! on January 31, 2012. Fun fact: Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe was special co-host of the show. She also made an appearance on Good Morning America the same day.
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Awards & Nominations

Nominated – Teen Choice Awards 2012 Choice Movie Actress: Drama (Rachel McAdams)
Nominated – Teen Choice Awards 2012 Choice Movie Actress: Romance (Rachel McAdams)
Nominated – Teen Choice Awards 2012 Choice Movie Liplock (Rachel McAdams & Channing Tatum)
Nominated – People’s Choice Awards 2013 Choice Favorite On-Screen Chemistry (Rachel McAdams & Channing Tatum)
Nominated – MTV Movie Awards 2012 Best Kiss (Rachel McAdams & Channing Tatum)
Nominated – Rembrandt Awards 2013 Best International Actress (Rachel McAdams)

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