Because of Winn-Dixie (film)

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Because of Winn-Dixie
Because of Winn-Dixie poster.JPG
Theatrical release poster
Directed byWayne Wang
Produced byTrevor Albert
Joan Singleton
Screenplay byJoan Singleton
Based onBecause of Winn-Dixie 
by Kate DiCamillo
Starring
Music byRachel Portman
CinematographyKarl Walter Lindenlaub
Editing byDeirdre Slevin
Distributed by20th Century Fox
Walden Media (USA)
Release datesJanuary 26, 2005 (2005-01-26) (USA Film Festival)
February 18, 2005 (2005-02-18)
Running time106 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$14 million
Box office$33,589,527
 
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Because of Winn-Dixie
Because of Winn-Dixie poster.JPG
Theatrical release poster
Directed byWayne Wang
Produced byTrevor Albert
Joan Singleton
Screenplay byJoan Singleton
Based onBecause of Winn-Dixie 
by Kate DiCamillo
Starring
Music byRachel Portman
CinematographyKarl Walter Lindenlaub
Editing byDeirdre Slevin
Distributed by20th Century Fox
Walden Media (USA)
Release datesJanuary 26, 2005 (2005-01-26) (USA Film Festival)
February 18, 2005 (2005-02-18)
Running time106 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$14 million
Box office$33,589,527

Because of Winn-Dixie is a 2005 family film adapted from the book of the same name by Kate DiCamillo and directed by Wayne Wang. It was produced by Walden Media and released by 20th Century Fox. The role of Winn-Dixie was played by two Picardy Shepherds, a rare breed from France.

Plot[edit]

10-year-old India Opal Buloni has just moved to the small town of Naomi, Florida with her father, a preacher.

While in the Winn-Dixie supermarket. that summer, she encounters a scruffy dog that is wreaking havoc. (Winn-Dixie's breed is Berger Picard.[1]) Opal claims that it is her dog, and names it Winn-Dixie. She discovers that Winn-Dixie becomes friends with everyone he encounters, and she makes some new friends in the process. She also rekindles the relationship with her father, and learns ten things about her mother who abandoned them seven years ago. Opal once describes the preacher as an old turtle, always sticking his head into his turtle shell and never wanting to come out into the real world, most likely because of how sad he is about her mother, whom he is still in love with.

One of the people Opal meets is Miss Franny Block (Eva Marie Saint), a kind and somewhat eccentric elder librarian, who runs the Herman W. Block Memorial Library and tells her many great stories, including one involving a bear. Opal also meets Gloria Dump (Cicely Tyson), a blind recovering alcoholic with a mistake tree in her backyard that has beer bottles hanging from it, which she describes as the ghosts of all the things she has done wrong.

One day during the summer, fed up with Winn-Dixie, the landlord of the Bulonis' trailer park, Mr. Alfred, orders the preacher to get rid of the dog. The preacher calls the pound to take Winn-Dixie away. Opal begs her father in tears not to let them take Winn-Dixie. Unable to see his daughter this upset, the preacher tells the people from the pound to return Winn-Dixie, claiming that he is not the dog he called about.

Opal gets a job at Gertrude's Pets and befriends a worker there, Otis (Dave Matthews), a shy ex-convict with a passion for music. She also meets a girl named Sweetie Pie Thomas (Elle Fanning) who is eager to get a dog like Winn-Dixie. Opal now feels happy that she has made so many friends. Opal eventually gets to keep Winn-Dixie. Later, a thunderstorm comes and Winn-Dixie, being afraid of thunderstorms, runs away. While Opal looks for him, her father wants to give up and she blames him for her mother and Winn-Dixie running away. But her father explains that he tried very hard to look for her mother. He then admits that he believes that she is never coming back. Soon, they go back to the party and Otis starts to sing a song on his guitar. Winn-Dixie is heard outside howling along to the song. Everyone lets him in and welcomes him back. His "singing" led to him being discovered. With this reunion, everyone sings as the credits roll.

Cast[edit]

Reception[edit]

The film received mixed reviews from critics. Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a score of 53% based on 118 reviews, with an average rating of 5.8/10. The site's consensus was: "An old-fashioned, if bland, adaptation of Kate DiCamillo's novel."[2] At Metacritic, the film holds a score of 54% based on 27 reviews, indicating "Mixed or average reviews".[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Berger Picard
  2. ^ "Because of Winn-Dixie". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. Retrieved 2012-03-30. 
  3. ^ "Because of Winn-Dixie". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 2012-03-30. 

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