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Benny & Joon (1993)

 -  Comedy | Drama | Romance  -  16 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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Storyline

In a small town, an auto mechanic named Benny is devoted to taking care of his mentally ill sister, Joon, who can barely function alone in the real world despite being a talented artist. This relatively stable situation is shaken up when Benny is obliged in a poker game to welcome another player's relative, Sam, to his home for a few days. When Sam arrives, he quickly makes an impression with his quietly eccentric ways which emulate the antics of the great silent movie comedian, Buster Keaton. Without Benny's full knowledge, Sam and Joon find themselves drawn to each other to the fullest degree. However when Benny finds out, it creates a rift in the siblings as they struggle to accept their relationship is profoundly changing with the presence of this odd newcomer. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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A romance on the brink of reality.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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

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16 April 1993 (USA)  »

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Benny i Joon  »

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$23,202,734 (USA)
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Trivia

The train featured in the opening sequence is operated by the Northern Pend Oreille Lions Club. Train rides are available from July through October in Ione, Washington. See more »

Goofs

While Sam is swinging back in forth in the hospital window, the window alters from open to closed in various shots. See more »

Quotes

Joon: Don't underestimate the mentally ill. We know how to count.
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Connections

Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Jeff Goldblum/Aerosmith (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

PINETOP'S BOOGIE WOOGIE
Written and Performed by Pinetop Perkins (as Joe 'Pinetop' Perkins)
Courtesy of Antone's Records and Tapes
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User Reviews

 
A delightful and honest look at the power of love and friendship to resolve difficult issues.
10 June 2005 | by (Orangeville) – See all my reviews

It's delightful to watch the power of love and friendship resolve difficult issues. The cast is wonderful. I love when Sam swings from the rope and Joons face lights up! You feel sorry for Sam when he falls, but his understated, "ouch...ouch" is pretty funny. The comedy balances the drama beautifully. The music is memorable.

Continuity comment: When Joon comes down for dinner, salad and spaghetti ("in that order?", says Joon). At the table her knee is showing and in the back and forth dialogue with Benny her knee is covered by her dress and then uncovered. The peanut butter jar is also turned slightly.


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