GenreDrama Music directorDavid Newman CountryUnited States
Release date4 October 1991 (1991-10-04) WriterMary Agnes Donoghue (screenplay) CastMelanie Griffith (Lily Reed), Elijah Wood (Willard Young), Thora Birch (Billie Pike), Don Johnson (Ben Reed), Sheila McCarthy (Sally Pike), Eve Gordon (Rosemary Young) Similar moviesMelanie Griffith appears in Paradise and Two Much
TaglineIt would take a miracle to save their love... and that's just what they got.
Paradise is a 1991 drama film written and directed by Mary Agnes Donoghue. The original music score is composed by David Newman.
Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson (at the time married to each other) play Lily and Ben Reed, a young couple torn apart by a family tragedy. It would take a miracle to rekindle their love and a miracle arrives in the form of a summer guest - Willard Young (Elijah Wood).
It is a remake of the French film Le Grand Chemin by Jean-Loup Hubert.
Willard Young is a 10-year-old boy who is sent by his mother to stay with her best friend Lily Reed, who lives in the Delta shrimp-fishing country in a town called Paradise. Lily and her husband Ben have been living in an unmentioned emotional vacuum since the death of their own three-year-old boy. Willie makes friends with the local 9-year-old tomboy Billie Pike, who teaches him to be comfortable with himself. When Willard gains a handle on his own emotions, he can now help Lily and Ben to connect, overcome grief and rediscover themselves.
Melanie Griffith as Lily Reed
Don Johnson as Ben Reed
Elijah Wood as Willard Young
Thora Birch as Billie Pike
Sheila McCarthy as Sally Pike
Eve Gordon as Rosemary Young
Louise Latham as Catherine Reston Lee
Greg Travis as Earl McCoy
Rick Andosca as Ernest Parkett
Paradise received mixed to negative reviews from critics, as it holds a 36% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.