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Because of Winn-Dixie (2005)

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A mischievous dog befriends a lonely young girl in a new town and helps her make new friends.

Director:

Wayne Wang

Writers:

Kate DiCamillo (novel), Joan Singleton (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
AnnaSophia Robb ... Opal
Jeff Daniels ... Preacher
Cicely Tyson ... Gloria
Dave Matthews ... Otis
Eva Marie Saint ... Miss Franny
Courtney Jines ... Amanda Wilkinson
Nick Price ... Dunlap Dewberry
Luke Benward ... Stevie Dewberry
Elle Fanning ... Sweetie Pie Thomas
Marca Price Marca Price ... Mrs. Dewberry
Lenore Banks ... Mrs. Detweller
B.J. Hopper B.J. Hopper ... Mr. Alfred
John McConnell ... Store Manager
Harland Williams ... Policeman
William Arthur Pitts William Arthur Pitts ... Churchgoer 1
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Storyline

A girl named Opal move to a new home that is a trailer park. She has no friends and her dad is always doing something.Her dad told her to go to Winn Dixie to get some food. When she get there, something is going on. People were chasing something, then she see a dog. The dog was happy, he jumped on the manager, and the manager told his workers to call the pound. Opal did not want the dog to go to the pound, so she said the doog was hers. She named the dog Winn Dixie, the place where she found him. She goes home to ask her dad can she keep the dog. Opal dad lets her keep the dog she make a lot more friends that summer. She almost lost Winn Dixie in a thunderstorm at a party. Opal and Winn Dixie make friends with the kids at her church and old people smart and wise. Opal learns a lesson that you can't hold on to people who does not want to be held on to. Written by kaleb

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Discover what happens when you go looking for a miracle and a miracle comes looking for you.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements and brief mild language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

20th Century Fox

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 February 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dzieki tobie, Winn-Dixie See more »

Filming Locations:

Louisiana, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$14,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,218,723, 20 February 2005, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$32,645,546, 19 June 2005
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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Winn-Dixie was played by multiple Picardy Shepherds, a rare breed from France. The DVD extra "Diamond in the Ruff" shows the two principal dogs, Scott and Lyco, but producer Trevor Albert mentions at 18:00 and 40:26 in the DVD feature commentary that, in all, four dogs were used. At 00:36 in AnnaSophia Robb's commentary "Meet Winn-Dixie" she mentions that the stunt dog Tasha jumped over the flour. See more »

Goofs

Opal's hair length varies throughout the movie, from a short blunt cut, to a longer, and uneven cut, and then back to short. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Opal: Safe!
[she hears a church bell and rushes to get to church on her bike]
Opal: [narrating] In the beginning, when we moved to Naomi, it was just the preacher and me. Only sometimes - most of the time, really - it seemed like it was me alone. And then, one morning, the preacher sent me to the store for a box of macaroni and cheese, some white rice and two tomatoes. And after that, everything changed. But I'm getting ahead of myself. It's a good story. Let me tell it right.
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I've Gotta See You Smile
Written by Leigh Nash, John Keller and Danny Wilde
Performed by Leigh Nash
Produced by John Keller and Danny Wilde
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A girl and her dog
11 April 2006 | by jotix100See all my reviews

Opal, the daughter of a preacher, is a girl with a mind of her own. When she meets Winn-Dixie, she has found a pal. Her father is a man that is in pain. He is trying to reconcile himself to his present circumstances. Arriving at the small southern town, he must do good work in order to attract a faithful congregation. He doesn't have much to fear, just leave it Opal to get everyone together in a place where people have grown apart.

The great book by Kate DiCamillo, is an excellent book for young adults. Joan Singleton adapted it for the screen and Wayne Wang directed a nice cast that produced a movie that, while some would think it's too sugary for their taste, it captured perfectly the essence of a small southern town.

The sweet AnnaSophia Robb plays the leading role. This young actress is a natural, or so it seems. Jeff Daniels, one of our best actors is seen as the preacher who can't forget his wife and who has to come to terms with himself. Cicely Tyson and Eva Maria Saint are perfect as two of the town's oldest citizens that are won over by Opal's goodness. Elle Fanning is seen as Sweetie Pie, a lovely girl. B. J. Hopper and Dave Mathews also contributed to the film.

This film was clearly targeted for young audiences. It has the right ingredients that prove to be a magical combination for family movies, a girl and a cute dog, a sure formula for appealing to audiences. Wayne Wang, an unlikely choice for director, brings all these elements together for a film that will not disappoint.


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