A Walk to Remember is a 2002 American coming-of-age romantic tragedy film directed by Adam Shankman and written by Karen Janszen, based on Nicholas Sparks’ 1999 novel of the same name. The film stars Shane West, Mandy Moore, Peter Coyote and Daryl Hannah, and was produced by Denise Di Novi and Hunt Lowry for Warner Bros. Pictures.
In Beaufort, North Carolina, popular and rebellious teenager Landon Carter and his friends have partaken in underage drinking on school grounds. They lure a new student, Clay Gephardt, to a factory in the hopes of pranking him, with the façade that this is an initiation task into their friendship group. However, Clay becomes seriously injured, which is brought to the attention of the school principal through law enforcement. In an effort to avoid law involvement, the school principal gives Landon the choice of being expelled from the school or completing several service projects which include weekend tutoring, janitorial duties, and participation in the school play. Choosing the latter, Landon is further acquainted with Jamie Sullivan, the local minister’s daughter. He never befriended her due to the status quo at the high school, though he has known her most of his life.
Landon begins to struggle with the play and reluctantly seeks guidance from Jamie, who agrees to help him on the condition that he won’t fall in love with her, but Landon dismisses it as a foolish idea. They begin practising together at her house after school. A bond begins to form between the two until Jamie realizes that Landon wants to keep their friendship a secret from others, so she decides to distance herself from him.
On the opening night of the play, Jamie astounds Landon and the audience with her voice and beauty. When Jamie finishes singing towards the end, Landon kisses her. Afterwards, Jamie avoids Landon until his friends play a cruel prank on her. In opposition to his friends, he defends her and she eventually warms up to him again. Landon asks Jamie to go on a date, to which Jamie reveals that she’s not allowed to date. Landon visits the church in order to ask her father for permission. Jamie’s father is initially hesitant but agrees.
Their first date is a huge success, and leads to another. Their relationship strengthens, and all seems well. During a date, however, Jamie confesses that she isn’t making any plans for the future because she has leukemia and hasn’t been responding to treatment. Jamie’s condition grows worse and she gets sent to the hospital. Upon learning of her condition, Landon’s friends come to him and apologize for their past treatment of Jamie and offer their support. While she is admitted, Jamie gives Landon a book that once belonged to her deceased mother and tells him that Landon is her angel. Unbeknownst to Landon, Jamie is given private home care by Landon’s estranged father to relieve her father’s financial burden.
Landon builds a telescope for Jamie to see a one-time comet in the springtime. Jamie’s father helps him get it finished in time she gets a beautiful view of the comet. It is then that Landon asks her to marry him. Jamie tearfully accepts, and they get married in the church where her mother was married. Landon reflects that their very last summer together was spent as man and wife, and that she had died soon after.
Years later, Landon returns to Beaufort to visit Jamie’s father, revealing that he had been accepted into medical school. Landon laments that Jamie was never able to witness a miracle, to which Jamie’s father replied that the miracle was Landon himself. Hereafter, Landon expresses sorrow over Jamie’s passing, but describes their love like the wind; he can’t see it, but he can feel it.