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Paradise (1991)

PG-13 | | Drama | 4 October 1991 (USA)
Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson (at the time married to each other) play Lily and Ben Reed, a young couple torn apart by a family tragedy. It would take a miracle to rekindle their love ... See full summary »

Writer:

Mary Agnes Donoghue (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Melanie Griffith ... Lily Reed
Don Johnson ... Ben Reed
Elijah Wood ... Willard Young
Thora Birch ... Billie Pike
Sheila McCarthy ... Sally Pike
Eve Gordon ... Rosemary Young
Louise Latham ... Catherine Reston Lee
Greg Travis ... Earl McCoy
Sarah Trigger ... Darlene Pike
Richard K. Olsen ... Minister
Rick Andosca Rick Andosca ... Ernest Parkett
Anthony Romano Anthony Romano ... Popular Boy
Timothy Erskine Timothy Erskine ... Darlene's Boyfriend
Chestley Price Chestley Price ... Bus Driver
Dave Hager ... Bartender
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Storyline

Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson (at the time married to each other) play Lily and Ben Reed, a young couple torn apart by a family tragedy. It would take a miracle to rekindle their love and a miracle arrives in the form of a summer guest - Willard Young played by Elijah Wood. Written by Pfyre Caidmon <OShaun@ix.netcom.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

It would take a miracle to save their love... and that's just what they got. See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?

Trivia

Opening bus scene is the city skyline of Cleveland Ohio See more »

Goofs

In one of final scenes where child actors say goodbye to each other, a glass vase of flowers behind Thora Birch's character keeps appearing and disappearing. See more »

Quotes

Billie Pike: How old are you?
Willard Young: Ten. How old are you?
Billie Pike: Nine. I thought you'd be bigger.
Willard Young: Hey! Look who's talking, you midget. It just so happens I'm exactly the right size for my age. So why don't you just get lost?
Billie Pike: You don't have to go crazy. It was just an observation.
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Alternate Versions

Early UK versions were cut by 21 secs and removed shots of the children watching a naked couple caressing in a barn. The cuts were waived in 2003. See more »

Connections

Featured in Hollywood vs. Religion (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

O.K. MOOD SWING
Written by Prince Poetry and Pharoahe Monch
Performed by Organized Konfusion
Courtesy of Hollywood BASIC
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User Reviews

 
Great acting; critics unfairly treated this one
24 October 1999 | by obi-3See all my reviews

I remember Siskel & Ebert giving this film a thumbs down. However, I was pleasantly surprised when I saw it, and how moved I was by the story. Don & Melanie are wonderful together. A bit slow moving in the story department but more than makes up for it with emotion and heart.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 October 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Paradise See more »

Filming Locations:

Cleveland, Ohio, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$38,778, 22 September 1991

Gross USA:

$18,634,643

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$18,634,643
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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