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Because of Winn-Dixie

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Overview

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 ...
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Overview

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
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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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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/9/2005
  • UPC: 024543189718
  • Original Release: 2005
  • Rating:

  • Source: 20Th Century Fox
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Repackaged / Subtitled / Full Frame / Dubbed
  • Time: 1:46:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 506

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 "Spud" 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 Voice Only
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
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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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Menu

Side #1 -- Because of Winn-Dixie: Pan and Scan
   Play
   Language Selection
      English 5.1 Digital
      Spanish Dolby Surround
      French Dolby Surround
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Spanish
      Subtitles: None
   Scene Selection
   Special Features
      Scene Specific Commentary By Actor AnnaSophia Robb
         Play All
         Meet Winn-Dixie
         Splish Splash
         Pet Store Pandemonium
         Don't Panic
         The Search Ends
      Behind the Scenes With Winn-Dixie
      Music Soundtrack Promo
Side #2 -- Because of Winn-Dixie: Widescreen
   Play
   Language Selection
      English 5.1 Digital
      Spanish Dolby Surround
      French Dolby Surround
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Spanish
      Subtitles: None
   Scene Selection
   Special Features
      Scene Specific Commentary By Actor AnnaSophia Robb
         Play All
         Meet Winn-Dixie
         Splish Splash
         Pet Store Pandemonium
         Don't Panic
         The Search Ends
      Behind the Scenes With Winn-Dixie
      Music Soundtrack Promo
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A really nice family movie

    Very true to the book with solid performances.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    great movie

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Must See!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Because of Winn-Dixie

    I was really ecxited to get it when it came out and it was kind of boring.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Because of Winn-Dixie

    i loved this movie. It was very inspiring.

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