Paradise

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  • PG-13
Mary Agnes Donohue adapted her French success Le Grand Chemin for this American version, reworked as a vehicle for Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson. Paradise is a coming-of-age story about a 10-year-old boy named Willard (Elijah Wood), who is sent by... read more
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Mary Agnes Donohue adapted her French success Le Grand Chemin for this American version, reworked as a vehicle for Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson. Paradise is a coming-of-age story about a 10-year-old boy named Willard (Elijah Wood), who is sent by his mother to stay with her best friend Lily (Melanie Griffith), who lives in the Delta shrimp-fishing country in a town called Paradise. Lily and her husband Ben (Don Johnson) have been living in an unmentioned emotional vacuum since the death of their own three year old boy. Willard makes friends with the local 9-year-old tomboy, Billie (Thora Birch), who teaches Willard to be comfortable with himself. When Willard gains a handle on his own emotions, he can now help Ben and Lily to connect, overcome grief and rediscover themselves.

Original Release

10/04/1991

US Release

10/04/1991

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Cast

Melanie Griffith Lily Reed
Elijah Wood Willard Young
Thora Birch Billie Pike
Don Johnson Ben Reed
Eve Gordon Rosemary Young
Louise Latham Catherine Reston Lee
Greg Travis Earl McCoy
Sheila McCarthy Sally Pike
Sarah Trigger Darlene Pike
Richard K. Olsen Minister
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Mary Agnes Donoghue

Writers

Mary Agnes Donoghue, Jean-Loup Hubert

Cast

Melanie Griffith Lily Reed
Elijah Wood Willard Young
Thora Birch Billie Pike
Don Johnson Ben Reed
Eve Gordon Rosemary Young
Louise Latham Catherine Reston Lee
Greg Travis Earl McCoy
Sheila McCarthy Sally Pike
Sarah Trigger Darlene Pike
Richard K. Olsen Minister
Rick Andosca Ernest Parkett
Anthony Romano Popular Boy
Timothy Erskine Darlene's Boyfriend
Chestley Price Bus Driver
Dave Hager Bartender
John R. Copeman Other Fisherman
Jeff Jeffcoat Eddie - the Attendant
Scott Hubacek Greyhound Bus Driver
Jason Robert Somrak Neighborhood Tough
William Thomas Crumby Lou

Producers

Robert W. Cort Executive Producer
Ted Field Executive Producer
Jean-François Lepetit Executive Producer
Scott Kroopf Producer
Patrick J. Palmer Producer

Editors

Éva Gárdos, Debra McDermott

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