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Netflix UK accidentally uploaded a different cut of The Notebook

Fans are pissed, naturally

The Notebook - Noah and Allie embracing in the rain New Line Cinema
Petrana Radulovic is an entertainment reporter specializing in animation, fandom culture, theme parks, Disney, and young adult fantasy franchises.

Over the past few days, fans of the 2004 romance movie The Notebook erupted in anger when they found out that the version of the movie on Netflix U.K. changed the bittersweet ending.

The Notebook stars Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams as Noah Calhoun and Allie Hamilton, a pair of reunited lovers who enjoy a summer fling before Allie’s snooty family tears them apart. The film eventually jumps ahead in time, where it’s revealed that the framing of an old man reading a story to an old woman is actually — spoilers for a 15-year-old movie! — old Noah telling a dementia-ridden Allie the story of their love. Noah and Allie then crawl side by side in bed together to fall asleep. The next morning, a nurse discovers the pair has passed away. Cue the tears. Cue the credits.

The version currently on Netflix U.K., however, cuts out the part with the nurse. Instead, it goes from the scene of Noah and Allie falling asleep ...

New Line Cinema via Netflix U.K.

... directly to a scene of birds flying in the trees, which starts the end credits:

New Line Cinema via Netflix U.K.

Though The Notebook received mixed reviews from critics when it first came out (today it sits at 53 percent on Rotten Tomatoes), the film smashed the box office and won over the hearts of romance fans everywhere. Fifteen years after the original release, the fan base is still as passionate as ever.

So much so that when people discovered that the Netflix U.K. ending was different, many cried out and accused Netflix of meddling with the cut, despite the fact there is no evidence that the streaming service meddled with films or movies prior.

Earlier today, Netflix U.K.’s official Twitter account addressed the situation. Netflix did not edit the ending, the post read. Instead, an alternate version was supplied to it.

“Apparently some films have more than one ending?!” the ever-sociable Netflix account ended with.

Netflix could not be immediately reached for comment on the error, but most likely, this is a less a nefarious issue of editing out a beloved, tearjerker moment than a distributor sending out the wrong version stored in some digital warehouse, as movies do and often test out alternate endings with audience screenings before release. In the streaming era, it’s a mix-up that feels more plausible as archives pile up, and potentially more frequent as Netflix’s back catalogue grows to an unfathomable size.

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