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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>

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They gave a boy a summer he'd always remember. He gave them back the love they lost. 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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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: 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

Remake of The Grand Highway (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

I WALKED TO THE PARTY
Written by Michael J. Henderson and R.S. Field
Performed by Michael Henderson
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Perceptible drama filmed with sensitivity and feeling
12 April 2006 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

The movie concerns upon a boy(Elijah Wood) is sent by his pregnant mummy to remain the idyllic summer with ancient marriage friends(Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith) in the countryside.The couple has numerous problems originated for unfortunate tragedy for years before.Elijah befriends with his neighbour small girl and takes interest with Don, fishing shrimps and speaking about interesting issues.

It's a brilliant and touching story although sometimes is slow moving and tired but is developed with intelligence and sensibility.In the picture are treated ethics and morals themes narrated with great sense of fairness and ductility.Good Melanie Griffith(at the time wedded to each other until Antonio Banderas) interpretation as an embittered woman who will must to face the traumatic truth.Elijah Wood as sensible boy is nice,he's a newcomer and would have much success years later converting himself in a first wold star(Lord of the rings).Thora Birch is enjoyable ,she is ready as future star(American beauty,the Hole,Ghost world) . Excellent and sensitive score by David Newman.Besides exceptional and awesome cinematography by Jerzy Zielinsky as is reflected on the marvelous outdoors in the country. The motion picture is accurately directed by Mary Agnes Donoghue(Beaches). Rating : Better than average and well worth seeing.


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