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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

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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 »

Parents Guide:

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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

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

Willard Young: [Looking at a photo of Joan Collins] I think she's fat.
Lily Reed: No, she's not fat, she's voluptuous.
Willard Young: What does that mean?
Lily Reed: That means that she's fat in all the right places.
Willard Young: You mean her fried eggs?
Lily Reed: Her what?
Willard Young: That's what they look like to me.
Lily Reed: [Chuckling] Yeah. I mean her fried eggs.
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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 »


Soundtracks

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