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Benny & Joon (1993)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  23 April 1993 (USA)
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A mentally ill young woman finds her love in an eccentric man who models himself after Buster Keaton.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Garvey (as C.C.H. Pounder)
Randy Burch
Claudia (as Liane Alexandra Curtis)
Mrs. Smail
Don Hamilton ...
Waldo Larson ...
Irvin Johnson ...
Shane Nilsson ...


In Spokane, Washington, Juniper Pearl - Joon to those that know her - is an artist. She is also a mentally challenged young woman who requires around the clock care, as she could cause harm to herself or others. Her brother Benny Pearl, who owns and operates a garage and who is her only living relative since their parents died twelve years ago in a car accident, has made the decision that she would live at home with him, in the process sacrificing being able to have a personal life of his own. He has hired full-time housekeepers to provide that care when he isn't around. However, he has exhausted the list of housekeepers, who keep quitting because Joon is too much to handle. As such, Benny makes the decision that perhaps it would be best for all concerned if Joon were to live in a group home, something he is hesitating telling her for fear of her reaction. Into their lives comes Sam, the eccentric cousin of Benny's friend Mike, Sam who they obtained from Mike in a losing hand of poker... Written by Huggo

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A romance on the brink of reality.


Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for theme, a scene of mild sensuality and one use of harsh language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

23 April 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Corazones en conflicto  »

Box Office


$23,202,734 (USA)

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Did You Know?


Benny and Joon's house in the movie was rented for filming. The owners of the house were paid to stay in a hotel in exchange for the use of their fully furnished house. See more »


During the meal at the beginning of the film Joon sits at the table with her knee at the level of her chin. The skirt changes layout between shots, covering and uncovering the knee. See more »


Joon: Why do you hate me so much?
Benny: I don't hate you.
Joon: You need me to be sick.
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References Sherlock Jr. (1924) See more »


Written by Steve Winwood
Performed by Joe Cocker
Courtesy of Capitol Records
by arrangement with CEMA Special Markets
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Favorite movie of all-time
30 October 2005 | by (Amarillo,Texas) – See all my reviews

I saw "Benny and Joon" in a dollar theatre when I was 12 and a half and my family was going through some difficult times. I had always liked movies before, but they were just an occasional treat and I never really paid attention to actors or directors or the like. After seeing "Benny and Joon" I was in love with movies! I can't pinpoint what it was about this movie that touched me so, but as an insecure, nerdy little 12 year old, it gave me something I needed. I have learned a lot about movies since then, I can name most actors and directors and I know all the production company logos, which makes me a little TOO happy ;)

A lot of movies have come and gone since I first saw "Benny and Joon" and there are plenty that I love, but, for me "Benny and Joon" will always be tops and always have a special place in my heart.

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