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FULL SYNOPSIS

Mary Agnes Donohue adapted her French success Mary Agnes Donohue 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. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi

  • Release date:November 27, 1991

Cast

Melanie Griffith
as Lily Reed
Don Johnson
as Ben Reed
Elijah Wood
as Willard Young
Thora Birch
as Billie Pike
Sheila McCarthy
as Sally Pike
Eve Gordon
as Rosemary
Louise Latham
as Catherine Reston Lee
Greg Travis
as Earl McCoy
Sarah Trigger
as Darlene
Richard Olsen
as Minister
Johanna Ray
Melanie van Betten
as Marliss
Eric Vest
as D.J.
Rick Andosca
as Ernest Parkett
Anthony Romano
as Clay-Popular Boy
Timothy Erskine
as Darlene's Boyfriend
Dave Hager
as Bartender
Chestley Price
as Bus Driver
Jeff Jeffcoat
as Eddie-the Attendant
Carl McIntyre
as Willard's Father
Lucy Alpaugh
as 1st Old Lady
Kay Shroka
as 2nd Old Lady
Chestley Price
as Bus Driver
Eric Vest
as D.J.
Kay Shroka
as 2nd Old Lady
Dave Hager
as Bartender
Jeff Jeffcoat
as Eddie-the Attendant
Melanie van Betten
as Marliss
Anthony Romano
as Clay-Popular Boy
Lucy Alpaugh
as 1st Old Lady
Timothy Erskine
as Darlene's Boyfriend
Carl McIntyre
as Willard's Father
Rick Andosca
as Ernest Parkett

Crew

Mary Agnes Donoghue
Director
Patrick Palmer
Producer
Patrick Palmer
Screenwriter
Mary Agnes Donoghue
Screenwriter
Jerzy Zielinski
Cinematographer
David Newman
Composer (Music Score)
Eva Gardos
Editor
Debra McDermott
Editor
Evelyn Sakash
Production Designer
Marcia Hinds-Johnson
Production Designer
Robert W. Cort
Executive Producer
Jean-Francois Lepetit
Executive Producer
Ted Field
Executive Producer
Max Kleven
Stunts
Merritt Yohnka
Stunts
Johanna Ray
Casting
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