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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:
Courtney Jines ...
Marca Price ...
B.J. Hopper ...
Mr. Alfred
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?


The film, like the book, is set in Naomi, Florida, even though it was filmed in Louisiana. Consequently, the police car and uniform emblems depict the state of Florida rather than the state of Louisiana. See more »


The rat used for the beginning of the church scene is male, it then switches to being a female rat and back again between shots. See more »


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


Glory Glory
Arranged by Dave Matthews (as David J. Matthews)
Performed by Patrinell Wright and Gloria Smith
Produced by Dave Matthews
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A dog story that will make you smile
17 February 2005 | by (Memphis, Tennessee) – See all my reviews

Opal (AnnaSophia Robb), is a 10-year-old girl who has just moved to a small town in Florida with her preacher father (Jeff Daniels). The move has caused Opal to lose all her friends, and now she must start all over again. Life has been a little tough for Opal, since her mother abandoned them when she was three. Opal's father asks her to pick up a few items for dinner at the Winn-Dixie supermarket. While in the store, a big dog is running loose in the store with clerks chasing after him. The store manager wants to call the dog pound, but Opal says that the dog is hers, and his name is Winn-Dixie. Opal take the dog home, and must convince her father to keep the dog. He agrees to keep the dog temporarily, until a new owner can be found. They go around town putting up posters of the dog, and later in the day Opal goes around and takes the posters down, because she secretly wants to keep the dog. Opal discovers that Winn-Dixie is able to make friends with everyone he meets, and now Opal has some new friends, because of Winn-Dixie. This is a good heartfelt story of the bond between a little girl and her dog. The story shows that a dog can bring happiness to a lonely girl and open up hearts of the people in town. I don't know how they did it, but the dog can actually smile. You can take your children to see this touching story. (20th Century Fox, Run time 1:46, Rated PG) (7/10)

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