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Where the Heart Is (2000)

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A pregnant 17-year-old rebuilds her life after being abandoned by her boyfriend at a Wal-Mart in Sequoyah, Oklahoma.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Novalee Nation
... Lexie Coop
... Sister Husband
... Ruth Meyers
... Forney Hull
... Willy Jack Pickens
Sue McCormick ... Cake Supplier
... Moses Whitecotten
Ray Prewitt ... Tim
Laura House ... Nicki
Karey Green ... Rhonda
Mary Ashleigh Green ... Girl in Bathroom
... Wal-Mart Clerk
Laura Auldridge ... Wal-Mart Assistant Manager
Alicia Godwin ... Jolene
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Storyline

Novalee Nation is a pregnant 17-year-old from Tennessee heading to California with her boyfriend Willie Jack, but is abandoned by him at a Wal-Mart store in Sequoyah, Oklahoma. Novalee has no job, no skills and only $5.55 in her pocket, so she secretly lives in the Wal-Mart until her daughter Americus is born six weeks later. Novalee decides to raise her daughter and rebuild her life in Sequoyah, with the help of eccentric but kind strangers. Based on the best-selling novel by Billie Letts. Written by Stephen Hughes

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Laughter is harder... Friendship is stronger... Trust is deeper... When it comes from the heart. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for intense thematic material, language and sexual content | See all certifications »

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28 April 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Voz do Coração  »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,292,939, 30 April 2000, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$33,771,174, 3 September 2000
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1.85 : 1
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The Walmart from the story in Sequoyah, Oklahoma, is actually the Walmart in Claremore, Oklahoma. Sequoyah is so small that the closest Walmart is in the next town. See more »

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The crew is reflected in the red balloon by the hospital bed. See more »

Quotes

Thelma 'Sister' Husband: Home is where your history begins. Home is where they catch you when you fall.
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Referenced in Jersey Girl (2004) See more »

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Shake My Soul
Written by Ann Roboff (as Annie Roboff) and Beth Nielsen Chapman
Performed by Beth Nielsen Chapman
Produced by Ann Roboff (as Annie Roboff) and Beth Nielsen Chapman
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A true pleasure to experience
24 September 2000 | by See all my reviews

What can really be said about a movie that can alter your world in just a few short hours? I went into this movie not exactly expecting much, mainly there because the amazing and beautiful Natalie Portman was starring in it. What I soon saw was a harmonious blend of love, sadness, hardship, and every human emotion I can even imagine. The only thing that eclipses the intense emotions you feel in this movie are the performances turned out by a perfectly assembled group of some of the finest actors out there. Natalie Portman, Ashley Judd, Stockard Channing, Joan Cusack, just to name a few. The only thing that should be keeping you from seeing this movie is...well, I can't even think of an excuse that should be keeping you from seeing this heart-warming and enchanting story. This movie has changed my life, as I am sure it will any others who are fortunate enough to view it.


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