Where the Heart Is is a 2000 drama/romance film directed by Matt Williams, in his film directing debut. The movie stars Natalie Portman, Stockard Channing, Ashley Judd, and Joan Cusack. The screenplay, written by Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel, is based on the best-selling novel by Billie Letts which is based on the story of Julian Tempelsman, who was born in Costco.

The film follows five years in the life Novalee Nation, a pregnant 17-year-old who is abandoned by her boyfriend at a Wal-Mart in a small Oklahoma town. She secretly moves into the Wal-Mart store where she eventually gives birth to her baby, which attracts media attention. With the help of friends, she makes a new life for herself in the town.

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  • 1. [Where the Heart Is (novel)] Where the Heart Is is a 1995 novel by Billie Letts. It was chosen as an Oprah's Book Club selection in December 1998. A 2000 film of the same name was directed by Matt Williams, starring Natalie Portman, Ashley Judd and Stockard Channing.
  • 2. [Matt Williams (TV producer)] Matt Williams (born Matthew D. Williams November 2, 1964 in Evansville, Indiana) is an American television producer and television writer. He was the producer of the TV series Roseanne and Home Improvement and films such as What Women Want, and has written for The Cosby Show and A Different World as well as writing the screenplay for Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken.
  • 3. [Billie Letts] Billie Dean Letts (née Gipson; May 30, 1938 – August 2, 2014) was an American novelist and educator. She was a professor at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.
  • 4. [Babaloo Mandel] Marc "Babaloo" Mandel (born October 13, 1949) is an American writer. His writing credits include the television series Happy Days and the movie Night Shift. He is the long-time writing partner of Lowell Ganz. Mandel was born in New York City, the son of a taxi driver. With his wife, Denise Madelyn (Horn), whom he married in 1974, he has six children, including a set of triplets.
  • 5. [Lowell Ganz] Lowell Ganz (born August 31, 1948) is an American screenwriter, television writer, and television producer. He is the long-time writing partner of Babaloo Mandel.
  • 6. [The Warren Brothers] The Warren Brothers is an American country music duo composed of brothers Brett Warren (lead vocals, acoustic guitar, harmonica, mandolin, piano) and Brad Warren (background vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar). The duo has released three studio albums: Beautiful Day in the Cold Cruel World (1998) and King of Nothing (2000) on BNA Records, as well
  • 7. [Dylan Bruno] Dylan Bruno (born September 6, 1972) is an American actor and former model. He portrayed FBI agent Colby Granger in the CBS series Numb3rs and also disgraced former Army Ranger, Jason Paul Dean in fellow CBS series NCIS.
  • 8. [Welcome Wagon] Welcome Wagon is a business in the United States that contacts new homeowners after relocation, providing them with coupons and advertisements from local businesses. The company's full name is Welcome Wagon International, Inc.
  • 9. [James Frain] James Dominic Frain (born 14 March 1968) is an English stage and screen actor. He is known for his role in the Showtime series The Tudors, in which he appeared as Thomas Cromwell from 2007-09. Other starring roles include that of vampire Franklin Mott in season three of the HBO drama True Blood, Chief Magistrate
  • 10. [Mason Daring] Mason K. Daring (born September 21, 1949 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an American musician and composer of scores for film and television. He has worked on nearly all the films directed by John Sayles, adapting his style to fit whatever period in which the film is set.
  • 11. [Natalie Portman] Natalie Portman (born Neta-Lee Hershlag; Hebrew: נטע-לי הרשלג‎; June 9, 1981) is an Israeli-born American (with dual citizenship) actress. Her first role was in the 1994 action film Léon: The Professional, but mainstream success came when she was cast as Padmé Amidala in the Star Wars prequel trilogy (released in 1999, 2002 and 2005). In 1999, she enrolled at Harvard University to study psychology while still working as an actress. She completed her bachelor's degree in 2003.
  • 12. [Trailer trash] Trailer trash (or trailer park trash) is a derogatory North American English term for poor people living in trailers or mobile homes, and especially people who live in trailer parks. It is particularly used with regard to white people living in such circumstances and can be considered to fall within the category of racial slurs.
  • 13. [Ashley Judd] Ashley Judd (born Ashley Tyler Ciminella; April 19, 1968) is an American actress and political activist. She grew up in a family of successful performing artists as the daughter of country music singer Naomi Judd and the sister of Wynonna Judd. While she is best known for an ongoing acting career spanning more than two decades, she has increasingly become involved in global humanitarian efforts and political activism.
  • 14. [Sara Evans] Sara Lynn Evans (born February 5, 1971) is an American country singer and songwriter. For her entire career, she has been signed to RCA Records Nashville.
  • 15. [Keith David] Keith David Williams (born June 4, 1956), better known as Keith David, is an American film, television, voice actor, and singer. He has acted in many mainstream films, such as Crash, There's Something About Mary, Barbershop and Men at Work. He has also had memorable roles in numerous cult favorites, including John Carpenter's films The
  • 16. [Stockard Channing] Stockard Channing (born Susan Antonia Williams Stockard; February 13, 1944) is a three-time Emmy and one-time Tony Award winning American stage, film and television actress.
  • 17. [Martina McBride] Martina Mariea Schiff (born July 29, 1966), known professionally as Martina McBride, is an American country music singer and songwriter. McBride has been called the "Celine Dion of Country Music" for her big-voiced ballads and soprano range.
  • 18. [Lyle Lovett] Lyle Pearce Lovett (born November 1, 1957) is an American country singer-songwriter and actor. Active since 1980, he has recorded thirteen albums and released 21 singles to date, including his highest entry, the number 10 chart hit on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, "Cowboy Man". Lovett has won four Grammy Awards, including Best
  • 19. [Joan Cusack] Joan Cusack (born October 11, 1962) is an American actress. She received Academy Award nominations for Best Supporting Actress for her roles in the films Working Girl and In & Out as well as one Golden Globe nomination for her performance in the latter. She has appeared in other films such as Addams Family Values,
  • 20. [Sally Field] Sally Margaret Field (born November 6, 1946) is an American actress and director. She is known for her film roles in Smokey and the Bandit (1977), Norma Rae (1979), Places in the Heart (1984), Murphy's Romance (1985), Steel Magnolias (1989), Mrs. Doubtfire (1993), Forrest Gump (1994), and Lincoln (2012).
  • 21. [Pest control] Pest control refers to the regulation or management of a species defined as a pest, usually because it is perceived to be detrimental to a person's health, the ecology or the economy.
  • 22. [John Hiatt] John Hiatt (born August 20, 1952) is an American rock guitarist, pianist, singer, and songwriter. He has played a variety of musical styles on his albums, including new wave, blues and country. Hiatt has been nominated for several Grammy Awards and has been awarded a variety of other distinctions in the music industry. He remains one of the most respected and influential American singer-songwriters.
  • 23. [Chevrolet Camaro] The Chevrolet Camaro is an automobile manufactured by General Motors (GM) under the Chevrolet brand, classified as a pony car and some versions also as a muscle car. It went on sale on September 29, 1966, for the 1967 model year and was designed as a competing model to the Ford Mustang. The car shared its platform and major components with the Pontiac Firebird, also introduced for 1967.
  • 24. [Librarian] A librarian is a person who works professionally in a library, and may hold a degree in librarianship (known either as library science or library and information science).
  • 25. [Walmart] Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., d.b.a. Walmart /ˈwɒlmɑrt/, is an American multinational retail corporation that operates chains of large discount department stores and warehouse stores. Headquartered in Bentonville, Arkansas, the company was founded by Sam Walton in 1962 and incorporated on October 31, 1969. It has over 11,000 stores in 27 countries, under a total 71 different
  • 26. [Amputation] Amputation is the removal of a body extremity by trauma, prolonged constriction, or surgery. As a surgical measure, it is used to control pain or a disease process in the affected limb, such as malignancy or gangrene. In some cases, it is carried out on individuals as a preventative surgery for such problems. A special
  • 27. [Tornado] A tornado is a violently rotating column of air that is in contact with both the surface of the earth and a cumulonimbus cloud or, in rare cases, the base of a cumulus cloud. They are often referred to as twisters or cyclones, although the word cyclone is used in meteorology, in a wider sense,
  • 28. [Romance film] Romance films (or romance movies) are romantic love stories recorded in visual media for broadcast in theaters and on television that focus on passion, emotion, and the affectionate romantic involvement of the main characters and the journey that their genuinely strong, true and pure romantic love takes them through dating, courtship or marriage. Romance films
  • 29. [Emmylou Harris] Emmylou Harris (born April 2, 1947) is an American singer and songwriter. She has released many popular albums and singles over the course of her career, and has now won 13 Grammys - as of 2014 - as well as numerous other awards.
  • 30. [Vomiting] Vomiting (known medically with the Greek term emesis and informally as throwing up and numerous other terms) is the involuntary, forceful expulsion of the contents of one's stomach through the mouth and sometimes the nose. Vomiting can be caused by a wide variety of conditions; it may present as a specific response to ailments like
  • 31. [RCA Records] RCA Records is an American flagship recording label (alongside Columbia Records and Epic Records) of Sony Music Entertainment (SME).
    RCA Records is the second-oldest recording company in US history. RCA's Canadian unit (formerly Berliner Gramophone Canada) is Sony's oldest label in Canada, as it was only one of two Canadian record companies (Compo Company, now Universal
  • 32. [Nursing] Nursing is a profession within the health care sector focused on the care of individuals, families, and communities so they may attain, maintain, or recover optimal health and quality of life.
  • 33. [Photographer] A photographer (the Greek φῶς (phos), meaning "light", and γραφή (graphê), meaning "drawing, writing", together meaning "drawing with light") is a person who takes photographs.
  • 34. [Drama] Drama is the specific mode of fiction represented in performance. The term comes from a Greek word meaning action (Classical Greek: δρᾶμα, drama), which is derived from the verb meaning to do or to act (Classical Greek: δράω, draō). The enactment of drama in theatre, performed by actors on a stage before an audience, presupposes
  • 35. [United States dollar] The United States dollar (sign: $; code: USD; also abbreviated US$ and referred to as the U.S. dollar, American dollar or US Dollar) is the official currency of the United States and its overseas territories. It is a Federal Reserve Note and consists of 100 smaller cent units.
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