Because of Winn-Dixie (film)
|Because of Winn-Dixie|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Wayne Wang|
|Produced by||Trevor Albert
|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
Walden Media (USA)
|Release date(s)||January 26, 2005(USA Film Festival)
February 18, 2005
|Running time||106 minutes|
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.
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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.) 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 her 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 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, but Opal begs her father in tears not to let them take him away. 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. 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. 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 lets him in and welcomes him back. With this reunion, everyone sings as the credits roll.
- AnnaSophia Robb as India Opal Buloni
- Jeff Daniels as "The Preacher", Opal's father, Mr. Buloni
- Cicely Tyson as Gloria Dump
- Luke Benward as Steven "Stevie" Dewberry
- Dave Matthews as Otis
- Eva Marie Saint as Ms. Franny Block
- Courtney Jines as Amanda Wilkinson
- Nick Price as Dunlap Dewberry
- Elle Fanning as Sweetie Pie Thomas
- Harland Williams as Policeman
- John McConnell as Store Manager
- Becca Lish as Gertrude the Parrot
- Lyco and Scott as Winn-Dixie
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." At Metacritic, the film holds a score of 54% based on 27 reviews, indicating "Mixed or average reviews".