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Where the Heart Is (2000)

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A pregnant 17-year-old rebuilds her life after being abandoned by her boyfriend at a Wal-Mart in Sequoyah, Oklahoma.

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Matt Williams

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Lowell Ganz (screenplay), Babaloo Mandel (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Natalie Portman ... Novalee Nation
Ashley Judd ... Lexie Coop
Stockard Channing ... Sister Husband
Joan Cusack ... Ruth Meyers
James Frain ... Forney Hull
Dylan Bruno ... Willy Jack Pickens
Sue McCormick Sue McCormick ... Cake Supplier
Keith David ... Moses Whitecotten
Ray Prewitt Ray Prewitt ... Tim
Laura House Laura House ... Nicki
Karey Green Karey Green ... Rhonda
Mary Ashleigh Green Mary Ashleigh Green ... Girl in Bathroom
Kinna McInroe ... Wal-Mart Clerk
Laura Auldridge Laura Auldridge ... Wal-Mart Assistant Manager
Alicia Godwin Alicia Godwin ... Jolene
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Storyline

Novalee Nation is a pregnant 17-year-old from Tennessee heading to California with her boyfriend Willie Jack, but is abandoned by him at a Wal-Mart store in Sequoyah, Oklahoma. Novalee has no job, no skills and only $5.55 in her pocket, so she secretly lives in the Wal-Mart until her daughter Americus is born six weeks later. Novalee decides to raise her daughter and rebuild her life in Sequoyah, with the help of eccentric but kind strangers. Based on the best-selling novel by Billie Letts. Written by Stephen Hughes

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Discover where the emotion is...the friendship is...and the laughter is... See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense thematic material, language and sexual content | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 April 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Voz do Coração See more »

Filming Locations:

Georgetown, Texas, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,292,939, 30 April 2000

Gross USA:

$33,772,838

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$40,863,718
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Novalee's unlucky number is 5. Her daughter Americus was born 7/5/1995 See more »

Goofs

When Novalee is adding what she owes Walmart in her notebook, most of the totals of what she owes are not added correctly. However, Novalee is not very educated, which means she could have done simple mistakes when she was doing the problems. See more »

Quotes

Americus: Forney, if you give a cow chocolate will you get chocolate milk?
Forney Hull: Yeah. And if you spin a cow around real fast you'll get whipped cream.
Americus: Wow! You know a lot.
Forney Hull: Well, I work in the library.
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Just Might Change Your Life
Written by Keith Follesé, Adrienne Follesé, and Wade Kirby
Performed by Girlfriendz
Produced by Byron Gallimore
Girlfriendz appears courtesy of The RCA Records Label Nashville
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A modern fairy tale with the most exquisite fairy (dvd)
11 July 2011 | by leplatypusSee all my reviews

Well, among all the young actresses in Hollywood, Natalie really leads the pack, ahead of Angelina, Jessica. She has really this fragility and kindness that I crave. That's why the first half-hour of this movie is absolutely extraordinary: a pregnant young mother on her own in a supermarket has the stuff of the best fairy tale: With only a few words and a lot of expressions, Natalie told us her feelings in that hard time for her. This beginning has the same zen spirit as the future "Terminal" and it gave me the opportunity of having a glimpse of one of my dreams: i have always dreamed about getting stuck in a big supermarket and experience it all alone at night!

After the birth, the movie loses a bit of its charm: It turns into the life of simple people (rednecks?) in the country. The character of Natalie is mishandled because she doesn't act and have lines of a mother.

By luck, she met an extraordinary courteous knight. I didn't know this actor, James Fain, but he is really good and a bit similar to Tobey Maguire. In addition, his care about the single family is exactly what i lived not so long ago. Even as a friend, he is really attached to the child and is deep in love with the mother. The difference is that my story ends in another way because i never had the guts to ask the question as Fain did.


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