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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 »

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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 October 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Földi paradicsom See more »

Filming Locations:

Cleveland, Ohio, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$18,634,643
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Thora Birch beat out 4,000 other hopefuls in winning the role of Billie Pike. 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: Don't go in the water. It's gonna rain.
Willard Young: So what?
Billie Pike: If lightning strikes, we'll be fried like two bugs on a hot plate. That's what.
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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

ALICE BLUE GOWN
Written by Harry Tierney and Joseph McCarthy
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"Paradise" is a beautiful, touching film.
22 October 1998 | by buppySee all my reviews

Don Johnson, Melanie Griffith, Elijah Wood, Thora Birch, and Sheila McCarthy star in this beautiful movie on how love can come through the most horrible of situations. Ben and Lily Reed (Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith) are a couple that have lost the spark in their marriage since their young son died. When a friend of Lily's asks that they watch him over the summer Lily agrees. Willard (Elijah Wood) is the loving child who starts to forge friendships with both Ben and Lily. This movie is truly wonderful. Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith give outstanding performances in this funny, touching, and wonderful film.


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