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Paradise (1991)

Melanie Griffith , Don Johnson , Mary Agnes Donoghue  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Melanie Griffith, Don Johnson, Elijah Wood, Thora Birch, Sheila McCarthy
  • Directors: Mary Agnes Donoghue
  • Writers: Mary Agnes Donoghue, Jean-Loup Hubert
  • Producers: Jean-François Lepetit, Patrick J. Palmer, Robert W. Cort, Scott Kroopf, Ted Field
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Walt Disney Video - Mill Creek
  • DVD Release Date: August 3, 2004
  • Run Time: 111 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001I55V0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #127,639 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Paradise" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

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 must-see hit PARADISE! This extraordinary film is the touching story of the lost love between a young married couple and how a visiting youngster (Elijah Wood -- THE LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy) rekindles that love one memorable summer. Funny, poignant, and uplifting, PARADISE is a motion picture so full of natural beauty and heartfelt emotion, you'll remember it for a long, long time!

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This movie is a "Keeper" November 1, 2006
Format:VHS Tape
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.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie! July 7, 2005
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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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This movie has it all September 1, 2004
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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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Undiscovered Gem April 28, 2004
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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.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This has to be the most over-looked movie EVER March 10, 2010
(Warning: Contains plot spoilers, but if you haven't seen this film, read this review anyway. You'll be convinced that this movie is a film you should see.)

I remember, back in 1991, when I was sitting in a theatre, watching as the end credits rolled, thinking to myself: "This film is going to be a huge hit, and it'll go on to be a classic."

Well, it wasn't much of a financial success; after about a month, it was gone from the theatres. To the best of my knowledge, neither Roger Ebert nor any other critic of note thinks of this film as a classic.

Funny thing is, everyone I've ever showed this film to, especially those of the feminine persuasion, has been entralled by this film.

Go figure.

Elijah Wood is perfectly cast as Willard in this role; he plays something of a noble innocent, much like he does in "TLOTR" trilogy. His best buddy, enacted by a very spunky, outspoken Thora Birch, wins over the audience almost instantly, as we come to know her as a very intelligent and kind-hearted young lady. And yet Miss Birch never steals the spotlight from Elijah; even back then, she was such a good actress that she could play her part most effectively and still not step on the other actor's toes.

That brings us to the adults; Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith play Ben and Lily Reed, a couple in the aftermath of their son's accidental death. Ben is a man trying to reach out to his wife, while his wife Lily punishes herself by refusing any comfort her husband may be able to offer.

Don Johnson very much does NOT play Sonny Crockett here. There's none of Crockett's cockiness, nor is he a jaded man-of-the-world like Nash Bridges.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ... movie about six times over the years and always enjoy it.
I have seen this movie about six times over the years and always enjoy it.
Published 16 days ago by Rondo
i can not watch this movie it is for a differant time zone so this was a BIG WASTE OF MONEYi dont know why you would send a movie that is made for another counrty s time zone
Published 1 month ago by Johnny Britton
1.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie, but Seller MovieMars Sold non-USA DVD
Great movie. I forgot that I had ordered this a long time ago, so just now found and opened and tried to play. I tried on two separate players.... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Movie lover from HB
5.0 out of 5 stars A fine old film in good condition
A fine old film in good condition, at an excellent price and sent swiftly. What more could you want? Thank you.
Published 2 months ago by The Rook and the Raven
3.0 out of 5 stars Paradise
Very good movie.
Published 2 months ago by Jan E.
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Nice but sad story.
Published 2 months ago by Terri Dronen
2.0 out of 5 stars MG's simple approach
i didn't finish this movie. i always expect don johnson to come out wearing a white jacket and shoes with a solid wide-collar shirt pulled over the jacket and a "fake"... Read more
Published 3 months ago by DAVID ARLEDGE
4.0 out of 5 stars Coulda been a contenda
The first half of 1991's "Paradise" is great. It's essentially a coming-of-age story of two 9 year-olds (Elijah Wood and Thora Birch) on the Atlantic coast near... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Wuchak
5.0 out of 5 stars this one will never get old....
Sometimes we use the word "classic" a little too freely, but truly this movie is a classic!! Read more
Published 5 months ago by Denise McCutchan
5.0 out of 5 stars Paradise
I saw this show on television and loved it. When I saw it was available for purchase I didn't waste any time buying it. Shipment was fast.
Published 6 months ago by E White
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