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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.

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

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

12 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 November 2000 (Netherlands) 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

Dennis Letts, who played the sheriff, was the husband of the author of the novel "Where the Heart Is," Billie Letts). See more »

Goofs

The crew is reflected in the red balloon by the hospital bed. See more »

Quotes

Novalee Nation: You feel that? That little bom-bom-bom? That's where the heart is.
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Connections

Referenced in Blackcatloner Reviews: Old Fashioned (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

That's the Beat of a Heart
Written by Tena Clark and Tim Heintz
Performed by Michael McCarthy
Produced by Greg De Belles
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Gives you that warm, fuzzy feeling.
14 July 2001 | by shalswSee all my reviews

This is one of those movies where you feel "all is right with the world" when it's over. It is inspirational - in the midst of the violence and profanity that occurs in life, it reminds you that there are still good, honest and decent people. I admire the fact that a wonderful movie was created without nudity, very little violence or excess profanity (were there 4-letter words in the movie?). I admit, it's somewhat of a fantasy that good things happen only to good people and bad things to bad people - but it makes you feel good about the outcome all the same.


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