6.7/10
2,721
26 user 18 critic

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)
Reviews
1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Edit

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
Edit

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 »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

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.
See more »

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

DON'T NEED LOVE
Written by Johnny Diesel
Performed by Johnny Diesel & The Injectors
Courtesy of Chrysalis Records
See more »

User Reviews

a gem
9 April 2001 | by lizerooSee all my reviews

I was surprised and touched by this film, starring two actors I do not normally enjoy. The on-screen chemistry between Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith, as grieving parents, isolated in their grief, was amazing. Elijah Wood is convincing in his role as a friend's child, visiting the couple, and going through his own family turmoil. Also excellent is Thora Birch, one of the most gifted child actors I have had the pleasure of watching. A wonderfully touching and uplifting film about hope and risk and coming home. One of my top five movies!


17 of 19 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 26 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
Edit

Details

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 »

Edit

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$38,778, 22 September 1991

Gross USA:

$18,634,643

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$18,634,643
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed