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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?


Director Wayne Wang wanted to use Picardy Shepherds because he thought they looked similar to the depiction of Winn-Dixie on the book cover and would appear familiar to its readers. Dogs were brought from France when none were available in the U.S. (08:55 in the DVD commentary). See more »


Opal's hair changes from straight and flat to styled and blow-dried during the baseball game and party set-up scenes. See more »


[first lines]
Opal: Safe!
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Referenced in This Means War (2012) See more »


Written by Joe Henry
Performed by Shawn Colvin
Produced by Tony Berg
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User Reviews

Great family movie
19 February 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie starts a little slow, I only went to see it because Dave Matthews is in it...it starts slow yes, but it has it's moments, good moments, funny moments. I think there are a lot of lessons in this movie and that makes it a great movie to go see with the kids...only one or two cuss words, not bad ones either!! I think if nothing else, the kids will enjoy the dog in this movie. I enjoyed seeing the dog because his actions reminded me of my own puppy. I can't wait to see other Annasohpia Robb movies.. she's a good little actress and adorable, very adorable...Dave was good too (I also liked him in "Where the Red FernGrows"). I've always enjoyed Jeff Daniels in movies and he didn't let me down in this one either.

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