Luke Collins (Scott Eastwood) is a bull rider on the Professional Bull Riders tour, who is seriously injured one night while performing. A year later after recovering, he starts riding again and meets Sophia Danko (Britt Robertson) after she attends the show. She is an art lover living at a sorority house with an internship secured in New York City. On the way home from their first date, they spot a car crash in the woods and help rescue an older man who is stuck inside. Sophia also pulls a wooden box from the vehicle.
While in the hospital, Sophia continuously visits the man she and Luke rescued, Ira Levinson (Alan Alda). He explains that there are letters in the box, which he wrote as a teenager, and she offers to read them to him. They tell the story of how he met his late wife, Ruth (Oona Chaplin), in 1940. Their stories start to interweave. Luke finds an old photograph of Ira and Ruth that fell out of the box in his car and takes it to him at the hospital.
In flashbacks, Ruth tells a young Ira that she wants a big family and, eventually, he proposes to her before leaving to fight in World War II. However, Ira is shot during an attack and is later informed by the doctor that he can no longer have children, news that causes distance between him and Ruth when he returns because he knows how much she wants to be a mother. They decide to make it work regardless and move in together, decorating the house with many paintings that Ruth loves.
Luke continues riding bulls, no matter the risk of being hurt again, while he and Sophia fall in love. Ira is now out of the hospital and has been moved to a nursing home, where Sophia continues to visit. She gets a call from her boss in New York asking her to attend an art exhibit in Charlotte the following week, which she invites Luke to. While they’re there, Luke makes a rude comment to Sophia’s boss, which causes an argument between them.
They talk about how their worlds are so different and Luke doesn’t feel the relationship will work because of it. Back home, Sophia goes to Ira for advice. He then tells the story of how they made their situation work. Ruth was a school teacher who became very attached to a young boy in her class. Because he comes from a broken family, she and Ira begin taking him in as their own and, eventually, Ruth decides she wanted to adopt him but his guardians wouldn’t allow it.
The Longest Ride is an American romantic drama film directed by George Tillman, Jr. and written by Craig Bolotin. Based on Nicholas Sparks’ 2013 novel of the same name, the film stars Scott Eastwood, Britt Robertson, Jack Huston, Oona Chaplin, Alan Alda, Melissa Benoist, and Lolita Davidovich. The film was released on April 10, 2015, by 20th Century Fox.
The Longest Ride
Oirected by: George Tillman Jr.
Starring: Britt Robertson, Scott Eastwood, Oona Chaplin, Alan Alda, Melissa Benoist, Lolita Davidovich, Elea Oberon, Hayley Lovitt
Screenplay by: Craig Bolotin
Production Design by: Mark Garner
Cinematography by: David Tattersall
Film Editing by: Jason Ballantine
Costume Design by: Mary Claire Hannan
Set Decoration by: Chuck Potter
Music by: Mark Isham
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some sexuality, partial nudity, and some war and sports action,
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Release Date: April 10, 2015