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Because of Winn-Dixie (2005)

A mischievous dog befriends a lonely young girl in a new town and helps her make new friends.

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Mrs. Dewberry
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William Arthur Pitts ...
Churchgoer 1
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Storyline

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.

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Comedy | Drama | Family

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

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18 February 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dzieki tobie, Winn-Dixie  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$14,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$13,218,723 (USA) (20 February 2005)

Gross:

$32,645,546 (USA) (19 June 2005)
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Trivia

Winn-Dixie was played by multiple Picardy Shepherds, a rare breed from France. The DVD extra "Diamond in the Ruff" shows the two principal dogs, Scott and Lyco, but producer Trevor Albert mentions at 18:00 and 40:26 in the DVD feature commentary that, in all, four dogs were used. At 00:36 in AnnaSophia Robb's commentary "Meet Winn-Dixie" she mentions that the stunt dog Tasha jumped over the flour. See more »

Goofs

During the scene where the animals get loose, the same event is used twice. When Opal picks up the black and white rabbit to place in its pen, it is shown once as a close up of her [at 33:41 from behind] and once from a distance [at 33:58 frontal]. (This can be clearly seen in the full frame version, but not in the wide screen version at 33:41 where the wide screen cropping of the spherical 35 mm frames crop out the body of the rabbit. Consequently, it is a goof in re-mastering the full frame version from the spherical 35 mm negatives rather than a goof in the wide screen film. Of course, it could be argued that the rabbit got out again and needed to be put into the pen a second time.) See more »

Quotes

[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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Connections

Referenced in The Sentinel (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Someday Somehow (Have It All)
Written by Candice Beu, Christie Beu, Danielle Beu, Jilaine Beu, Darin Burns, Daniel Luttrell and Bill Chapin
Performed by The Beu Sisters
Produced by Sheldon Steiger, Additional Production by Billy Chapin
The Beu Sisters perform courtesy of S-Curve Records
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Great movie, was oriented for a slightly older viewer than expected.
21 February 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

With it's G rating, I figured this for mostly upbeat and easy for youngsters such as my 3rd grade daughter. However, the movie is much deeper than that, and while it has many feel good moments, it is more about tough times and imperfect lives than anything, but shines wonderfully.

My 3rd grade daughter loved it, but my 7th grade daughter, who we thought might be too old for it, loved it even more!

I would definitely recommend "Because of Winn-Dixie" to families looking for a movie to watch together and who want thought provoking questions for their children to ponder and ask about. Well done, not too sappy, plenty of realism to go along with the fantasy.

The dog wasn't cartoony at all, the smile was understated and natural. This movie is more about relationships and hope despite tough times than anything else.


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