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Because of Winn-Dixie (2005)

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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 ...
Mrs. Dewberry
Mrs. Detweller
B.J. Hopper ...
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

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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 USA:

$13,218,723, 20 February 2005, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$32,645,546, 19 June 2005
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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The bunny that Ottis hands Opal (at around 56 mins) is a Netherlands Dwarf. They only get to be between 6 to 8 inches long. See more »


The "mouse" Winn Dixie catches during the church service is a rat. See more »


[first lines]
Opal: Safe!
[she hears a church bell and rushes to get to church on her bike]
Opal: [narrating] In the beginning, when we moved to Naomi, it was just the preacher and me. Only sometimes - most of the time, really - it seemed like it was me alone. And then, one morning, the preacher sent me to the store for a box of macaroni and cheese, some white rice and two tomatoes. And after that, everything changed. But I'm getting ahead of myself. It's a good story. Let me tell it right.
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Referenced in The Sentinel (2006) See more »


Written by Norah Jones and Lee Alexander
Performed by Norah Jones
Courtesy of Blue Note Records, a divsion of Capitol Records, Inc.
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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A Three Year Old's First Movie
19 February 2005 | by See all my reviews

Today, I took my three year old to see her first movie. This, you must understand is a task, as you must always be careful about language and "mature" situations that so many people today see as normal.

I am not going to give a synopsis of the movie, as most of the other reviewers do. Go see the movie yourself. I will only say that both my daughter and myself were totally engrossed with this touching and well-played story. The characters were very enjoyable and I thought the actors did a fine job.

I noticed that everyone in the audience, children along with their parents had big smiles on their faces as we all got up to leave at the movie's end. I really enjoyed this movie, and so did my young daughter.

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