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Where the Heart Is (2000)

Laughter is harder... Friendship is stronger... Trust is deeper... When it comes from the heart.

Original Title : Where the Heart Is
Director : Matt Williams
Writer : Billie Letts
Lowell Ganz
Babaloo Mandel
Genre : Comedy
Drama/Romance
Country : USA
Language : English
Producer : Susan Cartsonis, Carmen Finestra, Gerrit V. Folsom, Rick Leed, Diane Minter Lewis, David McFadzean, Roz Weisberg, Patricia Whitcher, Matt Williams
Music : Mason Daring
Photography : Richard Greatrex
Distributor : 20th Century Fox, FS Film Oy, Helkon Filmverleih GmbH, Intermedia, Nelonen, New Films International, Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation
MPAA Rating : Rated PG-13 for intense thematic material, language and sexual content.
IMDB ID : 0198021
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Starring

Natalie Portman Novalee Nation
Ashley Judd Lexie Coop
Stockard Channing Thelma 'Sister' Husband
Joan Cusack Ruth Meyers
James Frain Forney Hull
Dylan Bruno Willy Jack Pickens
Keith David Moses Whitecotten
Ray Prewitt Tim
Laura House Nicki
Karey Green Rhonda
Mary Ashleigh Green Girl in Bathroom
Kinna McInroe Wal-Mart Clerk
Laura Auldridge Wal-Mart Assistant Manager
Alicia Godwin Jolene
Dennis Letts Sheriff
Richard Jones Mr. Sprock
Kathryn Esquivel Mrs. Ortiz
Mark Mathis Reporter
J.D. Evermore Orderly (as John Daniel Evermore)
Sally Field Mama Lil
Linda Wakeman Hospital Receptionist
David Alvarado Cellmate
Mark Voges Religious Man
Angee Hughes Religious Woman
Todd Lowe Troy
Margaret Hoard Mary Elizabeth Hull (as Margaret Ann Hoard)
Rodger Boyce Harry the Policeman
Gabriel Folse Policeman
Mackenzie Fitzgerald Americus Nation
Natalie Pena Angela Ortiz
Yvette Diaz Rosanna Ortiz
T.J. McFarland Ray
Richard Nance Johnny DeSoto
Tony Mann M.C. of Banquet
John Swasey Jerry
Scarlett McAlister Kitty
Kylie Harmon Praline Coop
Cody Linley Brownie Coop
Bob Coonrod Ernie
Heather Kafka Delphia
Angelina Fiordellisi Nurse
Cheyenne Rushing Co-Ed
Deborah Abbott Bar Girl (uncredited)
Alecia Batson Girl in Bar / Girl on the Street (uncredited)
Jim Beaver Clawhammer (uncredited)
Stacy Bellew Wal-Mart Girl (uncredited)
Rebecca Davis Photo Finalist (uncredited)
Lisa Del Dotto Wedding Guest (uncredited)
Jeremy Denzlinger Reporter (uncredited)
Dan Eggleston Truck Driver (uncredited)
Adrian Garza Young Brownie (uncredited)
Thalia Harithas Extra (uncredited)
 

Plot

Novalee Nation is a pregnant 17-year-old from Tennessee heading to California with her boyfriend Willie Jack, but is abandoned by him at a Wal-Mart store in Sequoyah, Oklahoma. Novalee has no job, no skills and only $5.55 in her pocket, so she secretly lives in the Wal-Mart until her daughter Americus is born six weeks later. Novalee decides to raise her daughter and rebuild her life in Sequoyah, with the help of eccentric but kind strangers. Based on the best-selling novel by Billie Letts. A pregnant teen (Natalie Portman) goes on the road with her dreamer boy friend (Dylan Bruno), who abandons her in a Wal-Mart store in Oklahoma. Left alone with virtually no money, she hides out in the store for 6 weeks until her baby is born. After the birth, she gets national recognition as giving birth to the "Wal-mart baby". She makes friends with two local women (Stockard Channing as a religious, but promiscious woman & Ashley Judd as a woman with a pile of kids, who also seems to have considerable man problems until she marries the local exterminator). She also becomes friends with the Wal-mart photographer (David Keith), who leads her to a career, and with a young man (James Frain) who runs the library and takes her of his alcoholic sister, who is the real librarian. Novalee Nation, 17 and very pregnant, has never been part of a real home. The closest thing to family for the hard-luck teen is her selfish, would-be musician boyfriend, Willy Jack, with whom she's traveling from Tennessee to California in a rust bucket that used to be a Plymouth. A bathroom stop en route, at an Oklahoma Wal-Mart, changes Novalee's life forever. For when she leaves the store, she discovers that Willy Jack and the Plymouth are gone. Only her Polaroid camera remains in the parking space. Alone and broke, Novalee surreptitiously moves into the vast store, borrowing food and supplies from its shelves. When she gives birth on the floor - and her hideaway is revealed - Novalee and her "Wal-Mart Baby" become instant celebrities. More importantly, over the next few years, Novalee finally becomes part of an unconventional, makeshift family comprised of her wonderfully eccentric new friends. Now, with the family she always wanted, Novalee is transformed from a homeless teen to a successful and strong woman. She has finally found a home in this small town where fate has dropped her.
 
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