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Because of Winn-Dixie
     

Because of Winn-Dixie

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Director: Wayne Wang, AnnaSophia Robb, Jeff Daniels, Cicely Tyson

Cast: Wayne Wang, AnnaSophia Robb, Jeff Daniels, Cicely Tyson

 

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It's not finishing school or a traditional upbringing that causes ten-year-old Opal to learn about the world outside of her own backyard, but rather a particularly awkward-looking mutt named Winn-Dixie. Based on a novel by Kate DiCamillo, Winn-Dixie and Opal not only become privy to the eventful, if eccentric, lives of their neighbors (including a librarian who fought

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It's not finishing school or a traditional upbringing that causes ten-year-old Opal to learn about the world outside of her own backyard, but rather a particularly awkward-looking mutt named Winn-Dixie. Based on a novel by Kate DiCamillo, Winn-Dixie and Opal not only become privy to the eventful, if eccentric, lives of their neighbors (including a librarian who fought off a bear with nothing but a novel, a blind woman who claims to "see" with her heart, and a sensitive ex-con turned pet store clerk), but Opal herself manages to reconcile some of the depression left over after her mother had abandoned the family seven years earlier. ~ Tracie Cooper

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
There’s a ready audience for Because of Winn-Dixie, specifically because of Kate DiCamillo’s Newberry Award-winning coming-of-age novel, on which it’s based. And director Wayne Wang, whose resume includes the adaptation of Amy Tan’s The Joy Luck Club, mostly succeeds in mining the books humane and quirky charms, aside from a few heavy-handed departures into slapstick. Ten year-old Opal (the adorable AnnaSophia Robb) is struggling to adjust to her new home in a small Florida town. Her distant father (Jeff Daniels), a preacher, conducts his services in a convenience store. Opal hasn’t made any friends. And she still laments her absent mother, who abandoned the family when she was a baby and about whom her father refuses to talk. Her luck changes when she encounters a scruffy mutt at the local Winn-Dixie grocery and adopts him, naming him for the store. And so, as Opal narrates, she meets and befriends a gallery of colorful local characters, all because of Winn-Dixie. These include: Miss Franny (Eva Marie Saint), a librarian who tells fanciful stories about a bear she fought off with a copy of War and Peace; Gloria (Cicely Tyson), a blind woman thought by the town's kids to be a witch; and the guitar-strumming pet-store caretaker Otis (Dave Matthews), who shares a dark secret from his past through song. As in the book, Because of Winn-Dixie makes references to the town’s defunct Litmus Lozenge Co., where each sweet drop contained a measure of “sorrow.” This metaphoric conceit worked better on the page, yet this Winn-Dixie still has complex charms all its own.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/09/2005
UPC:
0024543189718
Original Release:
2005
Rating:
PG
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Time:
1:46:00
Sales rank:
432

Special Features

Closed Caption; Full-length audio commentary by Jeff Daniels and producer Trevor Albert; Scene-Specific audio commentary by AnnaSophia Robb; Gag reel; Behind-the-scenes featurette; "Diamond in the Ruff" Dog Training featurette

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
AnnaSophia Robb Opal
Jeff Daniels Preacher
Cicely Tyson Gloria Dump
Eva Marie Saint Miss Franny
Dave Matthews Otis
Courtney Jines Amanda Wilkenson
Elle Fanning Sweetie Pie Thomas
Luke Benward Stevie Dewberry
Nick Price Dunlap Dewberry
B.J. Hopper Mr. Alfred
Marca Price Mrs. Dewberry
Lenore Banks Mrs. Detweller
John McConnell Store Manager
Harland Williams Policeman
William Pitts Churchgoer 1
Enid Trotiner Churchgoer 2
Charles A. Daigle Churchgoer 3
Clarice H. Gauthreaux Churchgoer 4
Guy G. Gauthreaux Churchgoer 5
Julia LaShae SPCA Officer
Darrell Jupiter SPCA Officer
Lara Grice Opal's Mom
Becca Lish Gertrude the Parrot (Voice)
David Snell Conductor

Technical Credits
Wayne Wang Director
Steve Aaron Sound Mixer,Sound/Sound Designer
Ray Abbott Stunts
Trevor Albert Producer
Deva Anderson Musical Direction/Supervision
Donald Graham Burt Production Designer
Kathleen Courtney Production Manager
Lisa Mae Fincannon Casting
Hope Hanafin Costumes/Costume Designer
Monroe Kelly Art Director
Dan Kneece Camera Operator
Rick Landry Casting
Karl Walter Lindenlaub Cinematographer
Molly Mikula Set Decoration/Design
Mike Mukatis Stunts
Dino Parks Camera Operator
Rachel Portman Score Composer
Ann C. Salzer Asst. Director
Joan V. Singleton Producer,Screenwriter
Ralph Singleton Executive Producer
Deirdre Slevin Editor
Todd Thaler Casting
Glen Trotiner Asst. Director
Becki Cross Trujillo Co-producer

Scene Index

Side #1 -- Because of Winn-Dixie: Pan and Scan
1. Main Titles/Naomi [:24]
2. Something Big [:16]
3. Temporary Situation [3:24]
4. Splish Splash [2:11]
5. Friends [:42]
6. Gainful Employment [3:30]
7. No Pets! [:03]
8. War and Peace [1:34]
9. Magic Man [1:47]
10. Ratcatcher [:07]
11. The Witch's House [:36]
12. Pathological Fear [1:22]
13. Nine Things [3:24]
14. Jailbird [:50]
15. Bottle Tree [2:05]
16. Sweetness and Sorrow [3:40]
17. Not a Bad Man [1:53]
18. Just Playing [4:14]
19. The Tenth Thing [:01]
20. Planning a Party [3:04]
21. Sharing the Joy [1:01]
22. The Search [:18]
23. Blessed [6:14]
24. Hallelujah/End Titles [:04]
Side #2 -- Because of Winn-Dixie: Widescreen
1. Main Titles/Naomi [:24]
2. Something Big [:16]
3. Temporary Situation [3:24]
4. Splish Splash [2:11]
5. Friends [:42]
6. Gainful Employment [3:30]
7. No Pets! [:03]
8. War and Peace [1:34]
9. Magic Man [1:47]
10. Ratcatcher [:07]
11. The Witch's House [:36]
12. Pathological Fear [1:22]
13. Nine Things [3:24]
14. Jailbird [:50]
15. Bottle Tree [2:05]
16. Sweetness and Sorrow [3:40]
17. Not a Bad Man [1:53]
18. Just Playing [4:14]
19. The Tenth Thing [:01]
20. Planning a Party [3:04]
21. Sharing the Joy [1:01]
22. The Search [:18]
23. Blessed [6:14]
24. Hallelujah/End Titles [:04]

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Because of Winn-Dixie 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very true to the book with solid performances.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best family movie I've seen in a long time. Jeff Daniel's and the rest of the cast were all great.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this movie and can tell why the book is a classic. I laughed and cryed, all the while enjoying the life lessons this movie is rich with.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i loved this movie. It was very inspiring.
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I was really ecxited to get it when it came out and it was kind of boring.
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