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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 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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In the scene where Willy Jack Pickens (Novalee's estranged baby's father) picks up an underage hitchhiker Jolene he ask, "Where are you going"? She responds, "Anywhere but here". This is a nod to Natalie Portman previous movie Anywhere But Here. See more »

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When Novalee was in the hospital after Americus was born, Lexie referred to the day as being Tuesday. However, Americus was born 5 July 1995, which fell on a Wednesday. See more »

Quotes

Novalee Nation: You tell them that our lives can change with every breath we take... and tell 'em to hold on like hell to what they've got: each other, and a mother who would die for them and almost did... You tell them we've all got meanness in us, but we've got goodness too. And the only thing worth living for is the good. And that's why we've got to make sure we pass it on.
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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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Very good in all areas
18 June 2001 | by See all my reviews

A harmless little "chick flick"? Nothing more than an attempt by Natalie Portman to try anything before she's pigeon-holed in her Star Wars persona and can't get other roles because of it (a la Mark Hamill)? No, on both counts. Where the Heart Is will surely be labeled as a "chick flick", but the truth is that a good movie is a good movie, and a bad one a bad one, regardless of what its target demographic is. Where the Heart Is is nothing short of a very, very good film. The story is original and the acting and dialogue are outstanding. Natlie Portman may best be known as Queen Amidala, but she should be known as one of the best young actresses in the business. She simply shines in this movie. I recommend this film to everyone.


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