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Where the Heart Is (2000)

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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.

Director:

Matt Williams

Writers:

Lowell Ganz (screenplay), Babaloo Mandel (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Natalie Portman ... Novalee Nation
Ashley Judd ... Lexie Coop
Stockard Channing ... Sister Husband
Joan Cusack ... Ruth Meyers
James Frain ... Forney Hull
Dylan Bruno ... Willy Jack Pickens
Sue McCormick Sue McCormick ... Cake Supplier
Keith David ... Moses Whitecotten
Ray Prewitt Ray Prewitt ... Tim
Laura House Laura House ... Nicki
Karey Green Karey Green ... Rhonda
Mary Ashleigh Green Mary Ashleigh Green ... Girl in Bathroom
Kinna McInroe ... Wal-Mart Clerk
Laura Auldridge Laura Auldridge ... Wal-Mart Assistant Manager
Alicia Godwin Alicia Godwin ... Jolene
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Storyline

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

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Taglines:

Discover where the emotion is...the friendship is...and the laughter is... See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense thematic material, language and sexual content | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 April 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Voz do Coração See more »

Filming Locations:

Georgetown, Texas, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,292,939, 30 April 2000, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$33,771,174, 3 September 2000
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Contains Natalie Portman's first on-screen love scene. See more »

Goofs

Throughout the movie, Novalee has a phobia about the next meet "5". However, she doesn't flinch with Americus being born on the 5th of July. See more »

Quotes

Novalee Nation: I hope we can find a place to live that overlooks the ocean.
Willy Jack Pickens: Hell, Novalee, you can't see the ocean from Bakersfield!
Novalee Nation: Well... well, maybe a pond then.
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Connections

Referenced in Jersey Girl (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

So Excited
Written by Stevie Ray Vaughan
Performed by NRBQ
Produced by Terry Adams and Joey Spampinato
NRBQ appears courtesy of Rounder Records
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good movie
29 April 2001 | by angelkiss84See all my reviews

i love this movie so much. I thought it was gonna be a funny but stupid film. but it was totally opposite of it. The movie was very sweet and touching. people say that it's a fantasy movie or it's a really fake movie. but forget whole walmart and #5 thing. this movie is about relationship between people and people get what they deserve!


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