Because of Winn-Dixie (2005)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Family  |  18 February 2005 (USA)
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A mischievous dog befriends a lonely young girl in a new town and helps her make new friends.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Marca Price ...
B.J. Hopper ...
Mr. Alfred
John McConnell ...
Store Manager
William Arthur Pitts ...
Churchgoer 1


A 10-year-old girl, abandoned by her mother when she was three, moves to a small town in Florida with her father, a preacher. While there, she adopts a stray dog whom she names after the local supermarket where he was found. With her goofy pooch by her side, she meets an eclectic group of townspeople and rekindles an almost lost relationship with her father. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Discover what happens when you go looking for a miracle and a miracle comes looking for you.


Comedy | Drama | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements and brief mild language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

18 February 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dzieki tobie, Winn-Dixie  »

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Box Office


$14,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$13,218,723 (USA) (18 February 2005)


$32,645,546 (USA) (17 June 2005)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The last name of Opal and her dad, Buloni (mentioned in the dialog at 49:50 in the lunch meat joke), is shown on a sign to the left of the trailer door at 22:37 and elsewhere in the feature. In the scene from 10:45 to 11:03 where Winn-Dixie first arrives at the trailer, only the bottom edge of the sign is visible in the full frame version at 10:53 (when seen on a computer without "overscan" cropping) while in the wide screen version that edge is cropped from view. See more »


When it starts raining, at the start of the garden party, all of the lights strung around start to flicker and go out. Except when you see everyone standing at the house, the lights to the right can be seen still on. See more »


[first lines]
Opal: Safe!
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Referenced in Cleanflix (2009) See more »


Glory Glory
Arranged by David J. Matthews
Performed by AnnaSophia Robb, Jeff Daniels, Cicely Tyson, Dave Matthews,
Eva Marie Saint, Courtney Jines, Nick Price, Luke Benward, Elle Fanning and B.J. Hopper
Dave Matthews appears courtesy of RCA Records
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Heartwarming Fun
19 February 2005 | by See all my reviews

This movie was wonderful. The movie is about a young girl who finds a dog when she visits Winn Dixie to do grocery shopping for her father, who is the pastor in the small town in which she lives. This movie deals with love, forgiveness, and the importance of friendship. Together, Opal and Winn Dixie befriend many lonely residents of the small Florida town, and find that their lives are enriched, in addition to improving the lives of the lonely people in this town. This movie involves examples of forgiveness, and concern for others. This movie kind of reminds me of the movie My Dog Skip, starring Frankie Muniz. This is because both movies involve an animal helping a child become friends with many people in a small town.

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