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Paradise (1991)

PG-13 | | Drama | 4 October 1991 (USA)
Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson (at the time married to each other) play Lily and Ben Reed, a young couple torn apart by a family tragedy. It would take a miracle to rekindle their love ... See full summary »

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Mary Agnes Donoghue (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Melanie Griffith ... Lily Reed
Don Johnson ... Ben Reed
Elijah Wood ... Willard Young
Thora Birch ... Billie Pike
Sheila McCarthy ... Sally Pike
Eve Gordon ... Rosemary Young
Louise Latham ... Catherine Reston Lee
Greg Travis ... Earl McCoy
Sarah Trigger ... Darlene Pike
Richard K. Olsen ... Minister
Rick Andosca Rick Andosca ... Ernest Parkett
Anthony Romano Anthony Romano ... Popular Boy
Timothy Erskine Timothy Erskine ... Darlene's Boyfriend
Chestley Price Chestley Price ... Bus Driver
Dave Hager ... Bartender
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Storyline

Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson (at the time married to each other) play Lily and Ben Reed, a young couple torn apart by a family tragedy. It would take a miracle to rekindle their love and a miracle arrives in the form of a summer guest - Willard Young played by Elijah Wood. Written by Pfyre Caidmon <OShaun@ix.netcom.com>

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It would take a miracle to save their love... and that's just what they got. See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 October 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Földi paradicsom See more »

Filming Locations:

Cleveland, Ohio, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$18,634,643
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Opening bus scene is the city skyline of Cleveland Ohio See more »

Goofs

In one of final scenes where child actors say goodbye to each other, a glass vase of flowers behind Thora Birch's character keeps appearing and disappearing. See more »

Quotes

Willard Young: I'm always afraid of things. I don't know why, but I am. And I just thought if I did something that really scared me, maybe I wouldn't be afraid anymore.
Lily Reed: Did it work?
Willard Young: Yeah... it did.
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Alternate Versions

Early UK versions were cut by 21 secs and removed shots of the children watching a naked couple caressing in a barn. The cuts were waived in 2003. See more »


Soundtracks

QUEEN OF THE NIGHT
from "THE MAGIC FLUTE"
by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performed by Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Berlin
Courtesy of Delta Music, Inc.
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a gem
9 April 2001 | by lizerooSee all my reviews

I was surprised and touched by this film, starring two actors I do not normally enjoy. The on-screen chemistry between Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith, as grieving parents, isolated in their grief, was amazing. Elijah Wood is convincing in his role as a friend's child, visiting the couple, and going through his own family turmoil. Also excellent is Thora Birch, one of the most gifted child actors I have had the pleasure of watching. A wonderfully touching and uplifting film about hope and risk and coming home. One of my top five movies!


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