Because of Winn-Dixie

Because of Winn-Dixie

Wayne Wang (2004)

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Director Wayne Wang explores his softer side in this sweet and wholesome comedy drama. Based on the US bestseller by Kate DiCamillo, it's a homespun, family fairy tale brimming with old-fashioned values and warmth. AnnaSophia Robb (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) is delightful as a kind-hearted ten-year-old, who moves to a small Florida town with her single parent father and preacher, Jeff Daniels. Lonely and struggling to fit in, she adopts a stray dog that she names after the local supermarket where he was found. The leisurely adventures that follow have a whimsical, almost magical feel as girl and pooch inadvertently bring together the eclectic community. Yet for all the film's charm, it won't appeal to everyone, with older children likely to find its simplicity and traditionalism a bit too twee.


A 10-year-old girl moves to a sleepy Florida town, where she befriends a stray dog. With her new canine companion by her side, the youngster meets a host of colourful local characters who help her come to terms with her mother's death and rebuild her relationship with her father. Family drama, based on a children's book written by Kate DiCamillo, with AnnaSophia Robb, Jeff Daniels and Cicely Tyson.

Cast & Crew

Opal AnnaSophia Robb
Preacher Jeff Daniels
Gloria Dump Cicely Tyson
Miss Franny Eva Marie Saint
Otis Dave Matthews
Amanda Wilkinson Courtney Jines
Dunlap Dewberry Nick Price
Sweetie Pie Thomas Elle Fanning
Stevie Dewberry Luke Benward
Mr Alfred B J Hopper
Director Wayne Wang
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: 20th Century FoxAvailable on: DVD