Paradise (1991 film)

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Promotional poster
Directed by Mary Agnes Donoghue
Produced by Scott Kroopf
Patrick J. Palmer
Screenplay by Mary Agnes Donoghue
Based on Le Grand Chemin
by Jean-Loup Hubert
Music by David Newman
Cinematography Jerzy Zieliński
Edited by Eva Gardos
Debra McDermott
Distributed by DreamWorks Pictures
Release date
  • October 4, 1991 (1991-10-04)
Running time
111 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $18,634,643 (Domestic)

Paradise is a 1991 drama film written and directed by Mary Agnes Donoghue. The original music score is composed by David Newman.

Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson (at the time married to each other) play Lily and Ben Reed, a young couple torn apart by a family tragedy. It would take a miracle to rekindle their love and a miracle arrives in the form of a summer guest - Willard Young (Elijah Wood).

It is a remake of the French film Le Grand Chemin by Jean-Loup Hubert.


Willard Young is a 10-year-old boy who is sent by his mother to stay with her best friend Lily Reed, who lives in the Delta shrimp-fishing country in a town called Paradise. Lily and her husband Ben have been living in an unmentioned emotional vacuum since the death of their own three-year-old boy. Willie makes friends with the local 9-year-old tomboy Billie Pike, who teaches him to be comfortable with himself. When Willard gains a handle on his own emotions, he can now help Lily and Ben to connect, overcome grief and rediscover themselves.



Paradise received mixed to negative reviews from critics, as it holds a 36% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

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