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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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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 »


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


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Opal: Safe!
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Great movie for the whole family
23 February 2005 | by (Peaks Island, Maine) – See all my reviews

No matter what others say, I think that Winn-Dixie is a great movie that every member of the family can watch and enjoy. It is funny without being too silly and dramatic without being too sappy, and has some very good morals. There are no sex/violence elements to worry about; they are practically nonexistent, and the movie was kept very true to the book. The actors are very excellent in their roles, especially newcomer Annasophia Robb. This is a deep movie,too, with a great handling of its thematic elements and a great amount of substance. This is not an average made-for-TV type movie, but an actual memorable film. My advice is, if you're looking for a great family film, to see Because of Winn-Dixie.

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