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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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Sue McCormick ...
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Karey Green ...
Mary Ashleigh Green ...
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Laura Auldridge ...
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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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


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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Release Date:

28 April 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Voz do Coração  »

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Box Office


$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


For the scenes filmed in Wal-Mart, various pictures of Natalie Portman as Queen Amidala in Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999) had to be removed. See more »


When Novalee goes into the ladies' room at the library, when she realizes she's not pregnant, her hairstyle changes from a flip when she enters to a straight style when she leaves the bathroom. See more »


Thelma 'Sister' Husband: Harry, we're alcoholics, we're generally satisfied to hurt ourselves.
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Spoofs Léon: The Professional (1994) See more »


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Performed by Malford Milligan
Produced by Matt Cartsonis
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User Reviews

good movie
29 April 2001 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

i love this movie so much. I thought it was gonna be a funny but stupid film. but it was totally opposite of it. The movie was very sweet and touching. people say that it's a fantasy movie or it's a really fake movie. but forget whole walmart and #5 thing. this movie is about relationship between people and people get what they deserve!

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Nowadays the media wouldn't be kind to a pregnant girl living at Walmart JeopardyLeyton
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Did you just fall in love with James Frain by the end of the movie?? iluvmygrls
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