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Paradise
Paradise
Actors: Melanie Griffith, Don Johnson, Elijah Wood, Thora Birch, Sheila McCarthy
Genres: Drama, Music Video & Concerts
PG-13     2004     1hr 47min

In their first feature film together, Hollywood screen favorites Melanie Griffith (TWO MUCH, A STRANGER AMONG US) and Don Johnson (GUILTY AS SIN, BORN YESTERDAY) combine their impressive talents in the critically acclaimed...  more »

     

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Actors: Melanie Griffith, Don Johnson, Elijah Wood, Thora Birch, Sheila McCarthy
Genres: Drama, Music Video & Concerts
Sub-Genres: Love & Romance, Music Artists, Classic Rock
Studio: WALT DISNEY VIDEO
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 08/03/2004
Original Release Date: 10/04/1991
Theatrical Release Date: 10/04/1991
Release Year: 2004
Run Time: 1hr 47min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 17
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

This movie is a "Keeper"
Jan E. Howard | Tampa Florida | 11/01/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is a "Collector" movie to buy and watch again and again when the mood strikes you. It is about "Life" which is never pretty all the time. It is about coming of age, it is about love (good and bad love). It is a movie that causes you to think about your own life and your own relationships. And I agree with the gentleman from Michigan in the sense that this is a small town person movie. I grew up in powdunk Texas and really relate to the dirt road mentality and the peacefulness of the lake and woods. It has been said that when you are young you want to leave home and as you get older you want to return there. I agree wholeheartedly. What we seek is the peacefulness of home and the support of family there. This movie also deals with "Loss" very well and how different people react to loss and how you never know how you will react to loss and how that will change your life. If you dont agree with my rating I suggest you watch the movie again with a new perspective and I think it will speak to you differently. Happy Day."
Great movie!
Chris Bliss | Ontario, Canada | 07/08/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"someone reviewed this movie and said that it didn't flow well. Well I disagree. This movie is about life in a small town which is different from big budget movies about living in places like Los Angeles. I relate to this movie as well and it has a great love story. Nobody wants to see a boring story about things that always go right. BOOOOOORING! when you live in a small town and you're a young kid, your main concern is finding things to do. You don't always find the most POLITICALLY CORRECT things to do, you do whatever is fun. Whether it be getting into some trouble, or rebelling or whatever. I can relate to peeping on people, and just wanting to be out of the house all summer long. Maybe that's why I like this movie so much. I live in Northern Ontario on the border of Ontario and Michigan, and I heard somewhere that this movie was filmed in Paradise, Michigan. Don Johnson's character even talks about meeting his wife in Brimley, which is in Michigan and I've been there. It's a pretty nice place. I find that when you can relate to a movie, or have been to the city that it's filmed in, it makes it a lot more fun to watch.

I give the movie a 5, I'd give it more if I could. There's nothing boring about this movie. Not even for a millisecond.



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This movie has it all
Connie S. Roberts | Sandusky, OH | 09/01/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Great acting, story, and scenery. This has to be one of the most overlooked movies in history. I owned it originally on Laserdisc and was hoping for an eventual release on DVD. I imagine the popularity of Elijah Wood has a lot to do with this.

As previously stated, the cinematography in this movie is outstanding. The acting by both, and very young, Thora Birch and Elija Wood is incredible. Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith also give high caliber performances and the chemistry between them is superb. I can't say enough about the acting as the supporting cast is also very good. Why there were no academy award nominations for this movie is a mystery to me. It most likely has to do with the lack of respect for Don Johnson's acting ability and the fact that he is not on the A list.

The story is also well written and quickly drags you in.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED and on my 10 best list.
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An Undiscovered Gem
Connie S. Roberts | 04/29/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)

"It amazes me that a film like this passed by virtually unnoticed. The drama is, for the most part, understated yet heartfelt and captivating. Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith do an excellent job of portraying a couple's different coping mechanisms for grief. That the audience is able to see their deep love through their non-existent communication, rancor, indifference, and pain is a tribute to the depth of their performance. On par (yes, on par) with the adults' acting is that of the children's. Never once do Elijah Wood and Thora Birch overact in that cloying, cute way that some child actors do -- this, despite the fact that both are too adorable for words. They give natural, believable performances that effectively capture the beautiful innocence of childhood, as well as its joyful mischief. Elijah and Thora's chemistry is something to behold. This movie will transport you to a time when telling someone "You're my best friend" was the most important thing in the world. A touching ending... a lovely film."