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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.
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The girl who played hitch hiker Jolene who was fourteen in the movie, was actually only eleven years old when the movie was filmed.
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Contains Natalie Portman's first on-screen love scene.
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Dennis Letts, who played the sheriff, was the husband of the author of the novel "Where the Heart Is," Billie Letts).
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While Novalee's unlucky number in the film is 5, the novel's Novalee has an unlucky number of 7.
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The university at the end of the film that is supposed to be located on the East Coast is actually Baylor University in Waco, Texas.
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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.
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The Walmart featured in the movie is in Lockhart, Texas.
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Claire Danes and Sarah Michelle Gellar both auditioned for the part of Novalee Nation.
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Joan Cusack's character does not appear in the TV version.
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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.
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In this film, we see Novalee carrying a buckeye tree. In her first film, The Professional, she carried around Leon's potted plant, a Chinese evergreen.
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The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

Five (5) is Novalee's unlucky number. When Novalee is going into labor in Wal-Mart she walks down aisle 5 that has a giant price tag of $4.96. Though the aisle 5 reference is obvious, 49 plus 6 equals 55.
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