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Paradise (1991)

Paradise (1991)





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Mary Agnes Donohue adapted her French success Le Grand Chemin for this American version, reworked as a vehicle for Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson. Paradise is a coming-of-age story about a 10-year-old boy named Willard (Elijah Wood), who is sent by his mother to stay with her best friend Lily (Melanie Griffith), who lives in the Delta shrimp-fishing country in a town called Paradise. Lily and her husband Ben (Don Johnson) have been living in an unmentioned emotional vacuum since the death of their own three year old boy. Willard makes friends with the local 9-year-old tomboy, Billie (Thora Birch), who teaches Willard to be comfortable with himself. When Willard gains a handle on his own emotions, he can now help Ben and Lily to connect, overcome grief and rediscover themselves.more
Rating: PG-13
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Scott Kroopf, Patrick Palmer, Mary Agnes Donoghue
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 3, 2004
Touchstone Pictures


Elijah Wood
as Willard Young
Don Johnson
as Ben Reed
Eve Gordon
as Rosemary
Louise Latham
as Catherine
Rick Andosca
as Ernest Parkett
Anthony Romano
as Clay, Popular Boy
Timothy Erskine
as Darlene's Boyfriend
Chestley Price
as Bus Driver
Dave Hager
as Bartender
John R. Copeman
as Other Fisherman
Jeff Jeffcoat
as Eddie, the Attendant
Scott Hubacek
as Greyhound Bus Driver
Jason Robert Somrak
as Neighborhood Tough
Carl McIntyre
as Willard's Father
Lucy Alpaugh
as 1st Old Lady
Kay Shroka
as 2nd Old Lady
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Critic Reviews for Paradise

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (7)

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | September 18, 1991
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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June 6, 2001
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Paradise

FANTASTIC! Will need tissues.

Leigh Ryan

Super Reviewer

Really good drama. Very good acting by all! A heartwarming movie about a couple who lost a child and are brought back together by a boy, who has come to visit with them. Very good family film.

Sonya Dickerson

this is a movie i watched it like 3 times when i rented it and if i didnt take it back i woudl have watched it 3 more times. melanie griffith and don johnson play a husband and wife who are in love but are having a hard time. they do a good job. i think everyoe should see the movie.

Lisa Shaw

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