Where the Heart Is

Synopsis: Novalee Nation is a pregnant 17-year-old from Tennessee heading to California with her boyfriend Willie Jack, but is abandoned by him at a Wal-Mart store in Sequoyah, Oklahoma. Novalee has no job, no skills and only $5.55 in her pocket, so she secretly lives in the Wal-Mart until her daughter Americus is born six weeks later. Novalee decides to raise her daughter and rebuild her life in Sequoyah, with the help of eccentric but kind strangers. Based on the best-selling novel by Billie Letts.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Director(s): Matt Williams
Production: Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
  1 win & 2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
120 min

That's what Brother Husband said.

Brother Husband?

Was he your husband?

No, he was my brother.

A real man of God.

You read the Bible?

Not as much as I should.

Good. I think that's good.

Folks read too much of it,

they get confused.

That's why I like to hand out just

one chapter at a time.

That way, folks can deal

with their confusion as it comes.

Come on. Come on.

You're coming with me. Come on.

I'm not gonna let you

get away empty-handed.

Now, on behalf of the Merchants

and Businessmen's Association...

...of the city of Sequoyah, Oklahoma,

I give you this basket of gifts...

...and merchandise.

- Thank you.

- Look, Ruth Ann.

You got discount coupons and matches,

a map of the city, emery boards.

Oh, yeah. Now, you see this

little appointment book?

I ran out of these last week, so I

had to put my appointments in one.

If you're not an alcoholic,

you'll know they aren't yours.

No, ma'am, I'm not.

Good. I think that's good.

Oh, oh, yeah, one more thing.


What is that?

This is a buckeye tree.

Brings you good luck.

Here, take it.


Well, goodbye, Ruth Ann.

It was real nice to see you again.

And welcome home!

I'm in the phone book.

You come and see me anytime you want.

And bring that baby.


Excuse me.

Would you like a picture of your baby?

I'm not... I mean, I'm still...

Well, I mean, after.

- Oh.

- Of course.

What kind of camera is that?

This is a Rollei. There are not many

made like this here.

It's a beauty.

My name is Moses. Moses Whitecotton.

Novalee Nation.

That's a good, strong name.

A name's important. Have you

picked out a name for your baby yet?

Well, I was thinking

about "Wendi" with an "I."

Oh, don't you dare. Give that baby

a name that means something.

A good, sturdy name.

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Lowell Ganz

Lowell Ganz is an American screenwriter, television writer, and television producer. He is the long-time writing partner of Babaloo Mandel. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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