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Where the Heart Is ()


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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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Novalee Nation
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Lexie Coop
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Sister Husband
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Ruth Meyers
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Forney Hull
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Willy Jack Pickens
Sue McCormick ...
Cake Supplier
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Moses Whitecotten
Ray Prewitt ...
Tim
Laura House ...
Nicki
Karey Green ...
Rhonda
Mary Ashleigh Green ...
Girl in Bathroom
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Wal-Mart Clerk
Laura Auldridge ...
Wal-Mart Assistant Manager
Alicia Godwin ...
Jolene
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Sheriff
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Mr. Sprock (as Richard Jones)
Kathryn Esquivel ...
Mrs. Ortiz
Mark Mathis ...
Reporter
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Orderly (as John Daniel Evermore)
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Mama Lil
Linda Wakeman ...
Hospital Receptionist
David Alvarado ...
Cellmate
Mark Voges ...
Religious Man
Angee Hughes ...
Religious Woman
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Troy
Margaret Hoard ...
Mary Elizabeth Hull (as Margaret Ann Hoard)
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Officer Harry
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Policeman #2
Mackenzie Fitzgerald ...
Americus Nation
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Angela Ortiz (as Natalie Pena)
Yvette Diaz ...
Rosanna Ortiz
T.J. McFarland ...
Ray
Richard Nance ...
Johnny DeSoto
Tony Mann ...
M.C. of Banquet
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Jerry
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Kitty
Kylie Harmon ...
Praline
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Brownie
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Ernie
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Delphia
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Nurse
Cheyenne Rushing ...
Co-Ed
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Bar Girl (uncredited)
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Girl in Bar / Girl on the Street (uncredited)
Stacy Bellew ...
Wal-Mart Girl (uncredited)
Jeff Cooper ...
Nightclub Customer / Pedestrian (uncredited)
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Photo Finalist (uncredited)
Lisa Del Dotto ...
Wedding Guest (uncredited)
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Reporter (uncredited)
Dan Eggleston ...
Truck Driver (uncredited)
Adrian Garza ...
Young Brownie (uncredited)
Thalia Harithas ...
Extra (uncredited)
Susan Hegarty ...
Rosita (uncredited) (voice)
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Bar Room Fighter (uncredited)
Molly Howe ...
Lynne (uncredited)
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Walmart customer (uncredited)
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Customer at Gas Station (uncredited)
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Miss Sequoyah (uncredited)
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Partygoer (uncredited)
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Americus Nation (uncredited) (voice)
Bobby Shue ...
Wal-Mart Customer (uncredited)
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Birthday Party Guest / Wedding Guest (uncredited)
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Bass Player (uncredited)
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Wal-Mart Employee (uncredited)
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Hospital Visitor (uncredited)
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Bar goer (uncredited)
Jason C. Young ...
Professor (uncredited)

Directed by

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Matt Williams

Written by

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Lowell Ganz ... (screenplay) &
Babaloo Mandel ... (screenplay)
 
Billie Letts ... (novel)

Produced by

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Susan Cartsonis ... producer
Carmen Finestra ... executive producer
Gerrit V. Folsom ... co-producer (as Gerrit Folsom)
Rick Leed ... executive producer
Diane Minter Lewis ... co-producer
David McFadzean ... producer
Roz Weisberg ... associate producer
Patricia Whitcher ... producer
Matt Williams ... producer

Music by

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Mason Daring

Cinematography by

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Richard Greatrex ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Ian Crafford

Editorial Department

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Gary Burritt ... negative cutter
Michael Healey ... colorist
Eric A. Lewy ... assistant editor (as Eric Lewy)
Dennis McNeill ... color timer (as Denny McNeill)
Sandra Nash ... assistant editor
Carrie Shepard ... first assistant editor
Kurt Leitner ... post-production coordinator (uncredited)

Casting By

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Mali Finn

Production Design by

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Paul Peters

Art Direction by

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John Frick

Set Decoration by

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Amy Wells

Costume Design by

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Melinda Eshelman

Makeup Department

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Felicity Bowring ... key makeup artist
Bridget Cook ... hair stylist
Beth Miller ... key hair stylist
Keith Sayer ... makeup artist
Melissa Forney ... hair stylist (uncredited)
Tony Gardner ... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)

Production Management

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Patricia Whitcher ... unit production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Matt Earl Beesley ... first assistant director / second unit director
Vincent Palmo Jr. ... second assistant director (as Vince Palmo Jr.)
Brian Steward ... second second assistant director
Andrew Foster ... second assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

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Annilee Ballentine ... graphic designer (as Annilee Ballentine Ramirez)
Bart Brown ... set dresser
Rodney Brown ... gang boss
Don L. Carr ... assistant property master
Dan Clermont ... construction coordinator
Patricia Dillon ... set dresser
Ramona Fabregas ... assistant property master
Tommy Fine ... gang boss
David Goldstein ... paint boss
David Hack ... leadman
John Hinkle ... paint foreman
Lynn A. Johanson ... paint gang boss
Jerry Kilber ... general construction foreman
Christopher Martin ... greens foreman (as Chrsitopher T. Martin)
Molly Murray ... art department coordinator
Darren Patnode ... on-set dresser
Shane Patrick ... set dresser
Janet Stokes ... set designer
Christopher Stull ... set dresser
Wallace R. Symns ... lead greensman
Byron Scott Thomas ... property master (as Byron Thomas)
Tom Ward ... gang boss
Jeri Woodward ... paint foreman (as Jeri Lowe)
Jack Colmenero ... set dresser (uncredited)
Nanci Elfrez ... set painter (uncredited)
Archie Hankins ... carpenter (uncredited)
Kelley A. Hankins ... signwriter (uncredited)
Randy Huke ... assistant set decorator (uncredited)
Russell Lee ... props (uncredited)
Spanky Lofland ... carpenter (uncredited)
Shelly Pond ... production buyer (uncredited)
Tony Rycyk ... props (uncredited)
Charles Seale ... carpenter (uncredited)
Randy Severs ... carpenter (uncredited)
Ronnie White ... propmaker (uncredited)
Phillip Williams ... laborer (uncredited)
Randal Woodward ... lead scenic artist (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Kami Asgar ... sound effects editor
Richard Burton ... sound effects editor
David E. Fluhr ... re-recording mixer (as David Fluhr)
Linda Folk ... adr editor
Hank Garfield ... sound mixer
Johnny Gidcomb ... group adr supervisor: Loop De Loop
Adam Jenkins ... re-recording mixer
Suhail Kafity ... sound effects editor
Jonathan Klein ... foley editor
Michael Magill ... dialogue editor
Dennis Meehan ... boom person
Douglas Parker ... assistant sound editor
Brooke Satrazemis ... cable person
Charlie Shepard ... sound supervisor
Matt Temple ... sound effects editor
Chris Winter ... assistant sound editor
Stan Ginsel ... sound transfer (uncredited)
John Soukup ... sound transfer (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Margaret Johnson ... special effects coordinator
Randy E. Moore ... special effects supervisor (as Randy Moore)
Kevin Berve ... special effects assistant (uncredited)

Visual Effects by

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Scott Dougherty ... visual effects producer: Cinesite
David J. Negron Jr. ... visual effects supervisor
Thomas J. Smith ... visual effects supervisor: Cinesite
Jonathan Alvord ... Avid editor (uncredited)
Erin M. Cullen ... roto artist (uncredited)
Rodney J. McFall ... CG supervisor (uncredited)
Dante Quintana ... technical assistant (uncredited)
Dylan Robinson ... digital artist (uncredited)
Tiffany Smith ... visual effects production coordinator: Cinesite (uncredited)
Tracy Takahashi ... visual effects associate producer: Cinesite (uncredited)

Stunts

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Randy Fife ... stunt coordinator
Sam Fife ... stunts
Ken Greaves ... stunts
Nadine Grycan ... stunts (as Nadine Grycan Hoss)
Jim Henry ... stunts
Mark Kay ... stunts
Lonnie Nelson ... stunts
Mike Norris ... stunts (as Michael Norris)
Tim Short ... stunts
Diane Towery ... stunts
Russell Towery ... stunts
Steve Caswell ... stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Richard Ball ... key rigging grip
Arthur Blum ... dolly grip
Buzzy Burwell ... rigging gaffer
Keith Carter ... photographer: Novalee
Dwight Cary ... generator operator (as Dwight 'Curly' Cary)
Theda Cunningham ... second assistant camera
Edison Jackson ... electric
Jason Jurica ... best boy rigging grip (as Jason Ray Jurica)
Paul Kloss ... electric
Kurt Kornemann ... best boy grip
Paul T. LeBlanc ... video playback (as Paul LeBlanc)
Ken Light ... photographer: Moses, from Delta Time, Smithsonian Institute Press
Jimmy Lindsey ... first assistant camera (as Jimmy W. Lindsey)
Raul 'Bull' Mellow ... electric (as Raul 'Bull' Mello)
Danny Navarette ... rigging best boy electric
Mary C. Nelson ... company grip (as Mary Nelson)
Dayton Nietert ... gaffer
Matt Richardson ... company grip
Rigney Sackley ... camera loader
Ferrell A. Shinnick ... key grip (as Ferrell Shinnick)
Peter Simonite ... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Kevin Sims ... electric
Todd Smiley ... best boy electric (as Todd E. Smiley)
Suzanne Tenner ... still photographer
Tim Travis ... electric
Joseph Vasquez ... company grip
Ralph Watson ... camera operator: "b" camera / steadicam operator
Greg Lomas ... grip (uncredited)
Billy MacTavish ... electrician (uncredited)
Gabe Proctor ... additional video assist operator (uncredited)
Marc Tempest ... key grip (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Jo Edna Boldin ... casting: Texas
Vicki Dempsey ... extras casting assistant (as Vicki B. Dempsey)
Dara A. Gray ... extras casting (as Dara Gray)
Lindsey Hayes Kroeger ... casting assistant: Los Angeles (as Lindsey Hayes)
Emily Schweber ... casting associate: Los Angeles
Kelly Bogdan ... extras casting assistant (uncredited)
Mohsan Qureshi ... extras casting (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Melissa Economy ... assistant to costume designer
Kimmie Furlong ... set costumer (as Kimmy Furlong)
Collette Jones ... assistant to costume designer
Jo Kissack ... costume supervisor
M. Caroline Pruet ... set costumer

Location Management

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Robbie Friedmann ... location manager (as Robbie Friedman)
Shobie Partos ... assistant location manager
Eric A. Williams ... location manager
Mateo Barnstone ... location scout (uncredited)

Music Department

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Dana Brayton ... orchestrator
Martin Brody ... conductor (as Marty Brody) / orchestrator (as Marty Brody)
Brent Brooks ... music editor
Lisa Brown ... music supervisor
Paul Bryan ... musician
Michael Golub ... score recordist
Duke Levine ... musician
Dave Mattacks ... musician
Billy Novick ... musician
John Richards ... score mixer
David Shacter ... music coordinator
Kenny White ... musician
Larry Campbell ... musician (uncredited)
Scottpatrick J. Sellitto ... music consultant (uncredited)
Andrew Silver ... music editor (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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Monica Allen ... assistant to transportation coordinator
Greg Faucett ... transportation co-captain (as Gregory B. Faucett)
Lonnie Nelson ... transportation captain
Phil Schriber ... transportation coordinator (as C.P. 'Phil' Schriber)
Russell E. Scott ... picture cars (uncredited)
Doug Stewart ... driver: camera car (uncredited)

Other crew

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Colleen Arnaud ... first assistant accountant
Dave Bennett ... production accountant (as David Bennett)
Tod Campbell ... production assistant
Lisa D. Carey ... payroll accountant (as Lisa Carey)
Shanti Delsarte ... production coordinator (as Shanti Del Sarte)
Jessica Drake ... dialect consultant
Gina Grande ... script supervisor
Susan Hegarty ... dialect consultant
Mike Hitch ... mechanic
Monica Johnson ... office production assistant
Karen Jones ... assistant: Ms. Judd
Kristen Lea ... assistant: Mr. Williams
Robert A. Levine ... unit publicist (as Robert Levine)
Cindy Lindauer ... set teacher
Kathleen Lungren ... assistant to producers
Paula Manzanedo-Schmit ... completion guarantor: Film Finances, Inc.
Mark Miller ... second assistant accountant
Travis C. Murphy ... production assistant
DeLayne Rasmussen ... production secretary (as Delayne Barnett)
Jennifer Spinks ... office production assistant
Raigen Thornton ... medic
Rose Topping ... assistant: Mr. Ganz and Mr. Mandel
Leigh A. Wilbourn ... production coordinator (as Leigh Wilborn)
Jill Wolinsky ... assistant: Ms. Portman
Ruhi Zandra ... production assistant
Thomas Griffin ... office runner (uncredited)
K. Todd Lytle ... stand-in (uncredited)
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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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

Plot Keywords
Taglines Laughter is harder... Friendship is stronger... Trust is deeper... When it comes from the heart. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Où le coeur nous mène (France)
  • Wo Dein Herz schlägt (Germany)
  • La fuerza del amor (Spain)
  • Ten, kur širdis (Lithuania)
  • Qui dove batte il cuore (Italy)
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Runtime
  • 120 min
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Box Office

Budget $15,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $8,292,939, 30 Apr 2000

Did You Know?

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Trivia For the scenes filmed in Wal-Mart, various pictures of Natalie Portman as Queen Amidala in Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999) had to be removed. See more »
Goofs When Novalee wakes up in the hospital, you see Lexie standing next to her preparing her breakfast tray (which she's snacking on) and she says: "I hope you're not hungry, 'cause it's Tuesday. Friday is the best breakfast day--they have bacon." You can see bacon on the tray over scrambled eggs. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Where the Heart Is/Frequency/Committed/The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas/Time Code (2000). See more »
Soundtracks Mustang Sally See more »
Quotes Americus: Forney, if you give a cow chocolate will you get chocolate milk?
Forney Hull: Yeah. And if you spin a cow around real fast you'll get whipped cream.
Americus: Wow! You know a lot.
Forney Hull: Well, I work in the library.
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