Where the Heart Is

Last Updated on: June 26th, 2024

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“Where the Heart Is” is a drama film released in 2000, directed by Matt Williams. The movie stars Natalie Portman as Novalee Nation and Ashley Judd as Lexie Coop, along with Sally Field, Stockard Channing, and Joan Cusack in supporting roles.

The story follows Novalee Nation, a pregnant teenager who is abandoned by her boyfriend at a Walmart store in a small Oklahoma town. With nowhere to go and no money, Novalee ends up living in the store for several weeks, until she gives birth to her baby girl, whom she names Americus.

As Novalee tries to rebuild her life, she befriends a nurse named Lexie Coop and finds a job at a local photography store run by Forney Hull, played by James Frain. Over time, Novalee becomes a beloved member of the community, and her resilience and positive spirit inspire those around her.

“Where the Heart Is” is known for its heartwarming and emotional storytelling, as well as the powerful performances by Natalie Portman and Ashley Judd. The film explores themes of motherhood, friendship, the strength of the human spirit, and the idea of finding family and home in unexpected places.

The film received mixed reviews from critics, but it has gained a devoted fanbase among viewers who appreciate its genuine and touching portrayal of human connections and the struggles and triumphs of a young woman navigating her way through life’s challenges.

“Where the Heart Is” serves as a touchstone for those seeking an uplifting and emotionally resonant drama that celebrates the power of love, friendship, and finding a sense of belonging even in the most challenging circumstances.

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  • Dabney Coleman: Stewart McBain
  • Joanna Cassidy: Jean McBain
  • Suzy Amis: Chloe McBain
  • Uma Thurman: Daphne McBain
  • David Hewlett: Jimmy McBain
  • Crispin Glover: Lionel
  • Christopher Plummer: “Shitty”
  • Maury Chaykin: Harry
  • Dylan Walsh: Tom
  • Sheila Kelley: Sheryl
  • Ken Pogue: Hamilton


  • Director: John Boorman
  • Producers: John Boorman and Edgar Gross
  • Writers: John Boorman and Telsche Boorman

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