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Paradise (1991)

PG-13 | | Drama | 4 October 1991 (USA)
Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson (at the time married to each other) play Lily and Ben Reed, a young couple torn apart by a family tragedy. It would take a miracle to rekindle their love ... See full summary »

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Sally Pike
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Rosemary Young
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Catherine Reston Lee
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Earl McCoy
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Darlene Pike
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Rick Andosca ...
Ernest Parkett
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Bartender
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Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson (at the time married to each other) play Lily and Ben Reed, a young couple torn apart by a family tragedy. It would take a miracle to rekindle their love and a miracle arrives in the form of a summer guest - Willard Young played by Elijah Wood. Written by Pfyre Caidmon <OShaun@ix.netcom.com>

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They gave a boy a summer he'd always remember. He gave them back the love they lost. See more »

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4 October 1991 (USA)  »

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Földi paradicsom  »

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$18,634,643 (USA)
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Thora Birch beat out 4,000 other hopefuls in winning the role of Billie Pike. See more »

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In one of final scenes where child actors say goodbye to each other, a glass vase of flowers behind Thora Birch's character keeps appearing and disappearing. See more »

Quotes

Willard Young: [Looking at a photo of Joan Collins] I think she's fat.
Lily Reed: No, she's not fat, she's voluptuous.
Willard Young: What does that mean?
Lily Reed: That means that she's fat in all the right places.
Willard Young: You mean her fried eggs?
Lily Reed: Her what?
Willard Young: That's what they look like to me.
Lily Reed: [Chuckling] Yeah. I mean her fried eggs.
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Remake of The Grand Highway (1987) See more »

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I WALKED TO THE PARTY
Written by Michael J. Henderson and R.S. Field
Performed by Michael Henderson
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Touches the heart and soul
22 August 2000 | by (Singapore) – See all my reviews

I wrote a short essay after watching this movie, not because it affected me, but that it left such a great impression. To me, the use of 'Paradise' as title is apt, as the movie goes to show how many people continue to live in their private hells, when all around them is a place which seems like paradise. These people, though socially interactive at times, seem more preoccupied with the ghosts of their pasts rather than the blessings of the moment. Only when these characters are able to let go of the demons that haunt them are they able to once again experience the joys of love and intimacy.

This film can help us to evaluate the things that we allow to control us, and help us to understand that instead of examining our lives under a microscope, we should allow ourselves to look up and out sometimes, and maybe discover all those things missing in our lives but which were right by us all the time.


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