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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Opal
... Preacher
... Gloria
... Otis
... Miss Franny
... Amanda Wilkinson
... Dunlap Dewberry
... Stevie Dewberry
... Sweetie Pie Thomas
Marca Price ... Mrs. Dewberry
... Mrs. Detweller
B.J. Hopper ... Mr. Alfred
... Store Manager
... Policeman
William Arthur Pitts ... Churchgoer 1
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Storyline

A 10-year-old girl, abandoned by her mother when she was three, moves to a small town in Florida with her father, a preacher. While there, she adopts a stray dog whom she names after the local supermarket where he was found. With her goofy pooch by her side, she meets an eclectic group of townspeople and rekindles an almost lost relationship with her father. Written by Anonymous

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

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Comedy | Drama | Family

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

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20th Century Fox

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Release Date:

18 February 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dzieki tobie, Winn-Dixie  »

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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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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Director Wayne Wang wanted to use Picardy Shepherds because he thought they looked similar to the depiction of Winn-Dixie on the book cover and would appear familiar to its readers. Dogs were brought from France when none were available in the U.S. (08:55 in the DVD commentary). See more »

Goofs

When it starts raining, at the start of the garden party, all of the lights strung around start to flicker and go out. Except when you see everyone standing at the house, the lights to the right can be seen still on. 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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References The Flintstones (1960) See more »

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Fly
Written by Joe Henry
Performed by Shawn Colvin
Produced by Tony Berg
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very heartfelt with surprising substance
18 February 2005 | by See all my reviews

This movie was a pleasant surprise in it's overall acting and charm, with a wonderfully directed cast. Winn-Dixie was a fun movie and the dog was really not the star of this one. While the dog had charm, it was little India Opal who stole the show. With Dave Matthews and Cicely Tyson playing wonderful roles, the characters in this film steal your heart. Opal charms the old folks of this town who seem to have lost their joy. Once the candy factory was shut down the citizens hearts left with it. It is Opal who brings the citizens back together and opens up a closed community by throwing a party for the people in the town.


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