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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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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)  »

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A Voz do Coração  »

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$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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In this film, we see Natalie carrying a buckeye tree. In her first film, The Professional, she carried around Leon's potted plant, a Chinese evergreen. See more »

Goofs

A member of the crews' reflection appears briefly in the mirror when Novalee is shaving her legs in the bathroom at Walmart. It clearly was not Novalee's reflection; as it was the wrong angle. See more »

Quotes

Ruth Meyers: Jesus Christ, another guitar player. What's your name?
Willy Jack Pickens: Willie Jack Pickens.
Ruth Meyers: I bet you didn't even have to make that up, did you?
Willy Jack Pickens: What?
Ruth Meyers: So, you just carry that guitar around to keep your balance?
Willy Jack Pickens: You want me to play?
Ruth Meyers: What the fuck do you think I want you to do, call bingo? One tune; your best shot.
Willy Jack Pickens: Well, I wrote this one myself.
Ruth Meyers: I have goosebumps already.
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References Anywhere But Here (1999) See more »

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So Young
Written by Jim Corr (as James Corr), Andrea Corr, Sharon Corr and Caroline Corr
Performed by The Corrs
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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
I love this movie so much, I named my daughter Americus ushi_gushi_head
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