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Where the Heart Is (2000)

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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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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Laughter is harder... Friendship is stronger... Trust is deeper... When it comes from the heart. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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

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28 April 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Voz do Coração  »

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Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$8,292,939 (USA) (28 April 2000)

Gross:

$33,771,174 (USA) (1 September 2000)
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Trivia

The university at the end of the film that is supposed to be located on the East Coast is actually Baylor University in Waco, Texas. See more »

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When Novalee visits Willie Jack at the hospital, you can see a shadow of his foot under the bed. See more »

Quotes

Lexie Coop: This old gypsy woman once told me that if you jump backwards nine times before the sun come up you won't be pregnant. Well, I jumped so far I had to take a bus back and then I had twins.
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Referenced in ER: Where the Heart Is (2001) See more »

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Music by Liz Hengber and Tommy Lee James
Lyrics by Jennifer Morrison (as Jennifer Day)
Performed by Jennifer Morrison (as Jennifer Day)
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A true pleasure to experience
24 September 2000 | by (Prairie Village, KS) – See all my reviews

What can really be said about a movie that can alter your world in just a few short hours? I went into this movie not exactly expecting much, mainly there because the amazing and beautiful Natalie Portman was starring in it. What I soon saw was a harmonious blend of love, sadness, hardship, and every human emotion I can even imagine. The only thing that eclipses the intense emotions you feel in this movie are the performances turned out by a perfectly assembled group of some of the finest actors out there. Natalie Portman, Ashley Judd, Stockard Channing, Joan Cusack, just to name a few. The only thing that should be keeping you from seeing this movie is...well, I can't even think of an excuse that should be keeping you from seeing this heart-warming and enchanting story. This movie has changed my life, as I am sure it will any others who are fortunate enough to view it.


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Nowadays the media wouldn't be kind to a pregnant girl living at Walmart JeopardyLeyton
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