Because of Winn-Dixie (film)

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Because of Winn-Dixie
Because of Winn-Dixie poster.JPG
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Wayne Wang
Produced by Trevor Albert
Joan Singleton
Screenplay by Joan Singleton
Based on Because of Winn-Dixie 
by Kate DiCamillo
Music by Rachel Portman
Cinematography Karl Walter Lindenlaub
Edited by Deirdre Slevin
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release dates
January 26, 2005 (2005-01-26) (USA Film Festival)
February 18, 2005 (2005-02-18)
Running time
106 minutes
Country United States
Language English
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.


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, 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. Winn-Dixie becomes friends with everyone he encounters, and so she makes some new friends in the process. She also rekindles her relationship with her father, and learns ten things about her mother, who abandoned them seven years ago. Opal 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. This is most likely because of how sad he is about her mother, with whom he is still in love.

One of the people Opal meets is Miss Franny Block, a kind and somewhat eccentric elder librarian, who tells her many great stories, including one involving a bear. Opal also meets Gloria Dump, a blind recovering alcoholic with a tree in her backyard that has beer bottles hanging from it. She calls it a 'mistake tree' and the bottles represent the ghosts of all the things she has done wrong. One day, 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 animal pound to take Winn-Dixie away, but Opal begs her father to keep her dog. Unable to see his daughter this upset, the preacher tells the pound to return Winn-Dixie, claiming that he is not the same dog he called about.

Opal gets a job at Gertrude's Pets and befriends a worker there, Otis, a shy ex-convict with a passion for music. She also meets a girl named Sweetie Pie Thomas, who is eager to get a dog like 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 the loss of 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. Later they go back to a party and Otis starts to sing a song on his guitar. Winn-Dixie is heard outside howling along to the song. Everyone, while singing, lets him in and welcomes him back.



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]


  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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