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Where the Heart Is
     

Where the Heart Is

4.5 35
Director: Matt Williams

Cast: Natalie Portman, Ashley Judd, Stockard Channing

 

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Matt Williams' quirky coming-of-age film Where the Heart Is makes its way to DVD with a solid 1.85:1 widescreen anamorphic transfer. There is an English soundtrack in Dolby Digital 5.1 as well as English and French tracks in Dolby Digital Surround; subtitles are available in both English and Spanish. In addition to a variety of theatrical trailers and

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Matt Williams' quirky coming-of-age film Where the Heart Is makes its way to DVD with a solid 1.85:1 widescreen anamorphic transfer. There is an English soundtrack in Dolby Digital 5.1 as well as English and French tracks in Dolby Digital Surround; subtitles are available in both English and Spanish. In addition to a variety of theatrical trailers and television promotional spots, the disc contains the music video "That's the Best of a Heart" by the Warren Brothers featuring Sara Evans.

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Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Winsome Natalie Portman, in her first bona fide starring vehicle, lights up the screen as the plucky heroine of this warm, engaging drama, adapted from a well-received novel by Billie Letts. She plays an uneducated Southern teenager named Novalee Nation, impregnated and eventually abandoned by a callow rock-star wannabe. After giving birth in a Wal-Mart, Novalee takes up residence in a small town and acquires a group of friends that includes a hard working single mom (Ashley Judd), a Bible-quoting tippler (Stockard Channing), and an eccentric young librarian (James Frain). Former sitcom director Matt Williams takes his audience on an emotional roller-coaster ride with these immensely likable characters; we soar to blissful heights and plummet to the darkest depths at their side. But even when buffeted by tragedy, Novalee and her friends retain an essential optimism, a belief that gain invariably follows loss, which lifts their spirits and eventually brings tranquility. Guaranteed to stir the emotions, Where the Heart Is stops just short of cloying sentimentality, thanks largely to the carefully calibrated performances of its capable cast.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/14/2003
UPC:
0024543006350
Original Release:
2000
Rating:
PG-13
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
2:00:00
Sales rank:
1,072

Special Features

"That's the Beat of a Heart" music video by The Warren Brothers featuring Sara Evans; Trailers and TV Spots; Anamorphic widescreen (aspect ratio: 1.85:1); Audio: English 5.1 surround, English Dolby Surround, French Dolby Surround; Subtitles: English, Spanish

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Natalie Portman Novalee Nation
Ashley Judd Lexie Coop
Stockard Channing Sister Husband
Joan Cusack Ruth Meyers
James Frain Forney Hall
Dylan Bruno Willy Jack Pickens
Keith David Moses Whitecotten
Sally Field Mama Nell
Richard Jones Mr. Sprock
Dennis Letts Actor

Technical Credits
Matt Williams Director,Producer
Matt Earl Beesley Art Director,Asst. Director
Lisa Brown Musical Direction/Supervision
Susan Cartsonis Producer
Ian Crafford Editor
Mason K. Daring Score Composer
Melinda Eshelman Costumes/Costume Designer
Carmen Finestra Executive Producer
Mali Finn Casting
Gerrit Folsom Co-producer
John Frick Art Director
Lowell Ganz Screenwriter
Hank Garfield Sound/Sound Designer
Richard Greatrex Cinematographer
Rick Leed Executive Producer
Diane Minter Lewis Co-producer
Babaloo Mandel Screenwriter
David McFadzean Producer
Paul Peters Production Designer
Janet Stokes Set Decoration/Design
Roz Weisberg Associate Producer
Patricia Whitcher Producer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Going to California [1:22]
2. Shopping for Shoes [4:07]
3. Bad Luck [1:45]
4. Moving In [6:48]
5. A Sick Tree [1:49]
6. A Wal-Mart Baby [6:05]
7. A Big Celebrity [4:42]
8. The Welcome Woman [1:26]
9. Forney [1:54]
10. A Christmas Story [10:38]
11. Ruth Meyers [1:19]
12. A Tornado [1:24]
13. Sister's Estate [7:55]
14. Making an Enemy [2:18]
15. Back Home [6:30]
16. Bad News [5:00]
17. Love [2:16]
18. Rock Bottom [3:55]
19. Something Better [3:03]
20. End Titles [2:41]

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Where the Heart Is 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is my all time favourite chick flick that even guys will like! i was not a natalie portman fan until i saw this. i have the tape and watch it all the time, my family is sick of it but im not! i can recite it word for word with the characters. novalee is the sweetest girl, and americus is just gorgeous!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm a big fan of romantic comedies, and this movie lived up to all of my expectations! A big-hearted, frizz-free film, ''Where the Heart Is'' is a must for cold, rainy evenings, when there's nobody to keep you company. No need to see it before you buy it- almost anyone will love it!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have seen this movie a few times, and it just gets better every time. Natalie Portman and Ashley Judd portray their characters so well, and it's a sweet story that touches the heart. It's a good movie to watch alone on a quiet evening, or with someone you love. It's about friendship, love, making lemonade out of lemons, and taking risks. One of those movies that just makes you feel good.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I could watch this movie over and over again. Natalie Portman and Ashley Judd both give a wonderful performance here. This is a story about a young girl that really catches your heart.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This film perhaps may not accurately portray all of the details of the originally written novel. However it presents a fairly basic scenario and turns it into a very intriguing film by having highly talented actors and also by using and uncharacteristic approach to ''Hollywood Film.'' The characters in this story are not all winners in the sense of success, intellectual ability and social status which makes more enjoyable to watch because it is easier to relate to a real person than it is a character that has been so made up, their just a fantasy. The filming errors are minor; the music is fitting and emotionally holding. Portman and Frain are the true leaders of this drama. Everything from the characters of the people to the literal and resembling meaning of their names is excellent. I believe that this film teaches us about survival, perseverance, and remembering to always search and focus on the good in our lives.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading Where the Heart Is by Billie Letts because it was very inspirational to me. I liked the movie better than the book because I'm not much of a reader. In the movie it teaches not only young mother's, but young girls that decsions you make can effect you life and future. When things were at their worst Novalee always had faith and hope and in the end everything turned out for the best for her.
SNStone More than 1 year ago
This movie, based on the book "Where the Heart Is", is the ultimate chick flick! How could it not be with characters that give birth in a Wal Mart, talk about fornicating on a kitchen table, and a heart warming story about love and loss? After initially reading the book, I imediately thought, "OHHHH, this HAS to be made into a movie!" My first pick for the main character's role would not have been Natalie Portman, but she was AMAZING! Stockard Channing could not have been in a more perfect role, along with another great performance from Ashley Judd. I just LOVE LOVE LOVE this movie. It's truly one of those that I can watch over and over again!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first saw this movie without knowing what it was about. I feel that because I had no expectations, I was able to experience the emotions more openly. I cried, I laughed, and I walked out of the theater truly touched. I since have watched the movie 2 more times and read the book once. It is a great story that can relate to anyone in any walk of life. Definately a must see!
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SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
The film was okay. Though some of the performances were good. Liked the ending.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really like Where The Heart Is. You get very attatched to the characters and the story is also very good.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great movie!! It shows of a young girl of 17 named Novalee Nation who is stranded at a Wal-Mart and pregnant. Novalee is befriended by people of Sequoah, Oklahoma. The story is a Oprah Book Club novel and a great book and movie!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
My high school students, who also happen to be teenaged parents, viewed this film after having read the novel by Billie Letts. The film appealed to them because they could relate to being young, pregnant, and in many cases, abandoned by deadbeat boyfriends. The actors in the movie did an accurate portrayal of how Letts described her characters in the novel. The cast was superb and the movie deserves more recognition than it received. I highly recommend the combination of this film and novel as a basis for discussion about characterization, relationships and determinism.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have high standards in movies, and this went beyond my standards! I absolutly love this movie it is the best i have seen in a loong time. Heart-warming and sweet, it's the perfect movie for anyone. Natalie Portman is great in this (as well as Ashley Judd) Portman is my fav. actress and i think this is her best work yet!
GPM_2grlzmom More than 1 year ago
This is a great movie....originally a book on the Oprah Book List. LOVE IT! Great Activing performances and quirky at the same time. The movie has a great message to it......which is how much you can overcome with the right attitude....and that friendships can be found in the oddest of places and can hold you up through it all. Also......very noteworthy - is the soundtract to this movie!!!!!! All in All I HIGHLY reccoment this movie to everyone!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Lakeisha, i am a 18 year old mother and i liked the movie the most. what i though about it, it was nice i really enjoyed it. i thought the book i will like but once i seen the movie i like it more than the book because i didn't have to read and the book i did. it's a good movie to watch especially if your a mother.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm 15 years old and I have not seen the movie, but I have read the book and I loved it.Now I want to see the movie.But you should read the book first becaus it's just so good it will keep you reading.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I watched this movie on a plane. Not an ideal place to do so. It's better to view with a loved one. It is a jewel that focus on the life and concerns of the folk people. It brings out the dignity of being common.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think this movie is awesome! I don't really like to read, but I liked reading this book. This story shows/tells us to be careful on the decisions you make, because they can hurt you in the long run.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best movies I have ever seen. I watched it for the first time a couple months ago. Its a very heart warming movie and I recommend everybody seeing it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The movie was not as good as I expected it to be...because I had read the book. Many important details were left out.Like ...Where was Benny Goodluck? And why wasn't Jolene a toothless girl?And most of all..Why did they use the number 5 insted of 7 as Novalee's unlucky number? I'm disapointed that some of the details were missing,but the movie had a better ending than the book so it is worth seeing .
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