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Paradise (1991)

PG-13  |   |  Drama  |  4 October 1991 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ben Reed
Willard Young
Billie Pike
Sally Pike
Rosemary Young
Louise Latham ...
Catherine Reston Lee
Earl McCoy
Darlene Pike
Rick Andosca ...
Ernest Parkett
Anthony Romano ...
Popular Boy
Timothy Erskine ...
Darlene's Boyfriend
Chestley Price ...
Bus Driver


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 <>

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It would take a miracle to save their love... and that's just what they got. See more »




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Release Date:

4 October 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Földi paradicsom  »

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$18,634,643 (USA)

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Melanie Griffin and Don Johnson were married in real life at the time this movie was made. It was their second time to be married to each other after a six-month marriage in the mid 70's. See more »


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 »


Remake of The Grand Highway (1987) See more »


by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performed by Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
Courtesy of Delta Music, Inc.
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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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