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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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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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dog | girl | florida | small town | 10 year old | See more »

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

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18 February 2005 (USA)  »

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$14,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$32,645,546 (USA) (17 June 2005)
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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 »

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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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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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