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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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Dr. Garvey (as C.C.H. Pounder)
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Randy Burch
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Claudia
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Mrs. Smail
Don Hamilton ...
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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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poker | love | mechanic | sibling | bus | See more »

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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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Box Office

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$23,202,734 (USA)
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Trivia

During the filming of the scene where Benny rushes to Joon's aid after she is put into an ambulance, a house party was happening less than a block away from the shooting in Spokane's Peaceful Valley area (it was a day scene actually filmed at night). After hours of re-takes, Jeremiah S. Chechik bribed the local revelers with a cornucopia of food from the crew's food tent, which kept them pacified long enough to finish the scene (at around midnight). See more »

Goofs

In the scene when they are leaving the park, Benny is supposed to thank Sam for his uplifting performance, but before he starts to say thank you, Sam starts saying "no, no, thank you", causing Benny to have to squeeze his comment in while Sam is still talking. See more »

Quotes

Benny: Hey. Where's Sam?
Joon: I didn't mean to kick him out. I mean, I didn't kick him out, he just - he just left.
Benny: Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa. What - What happened? Did something happen?
Joon: He just - he just left. He was - he was in the air and-and-and - with a thing and - that was really loud. It was really loud. And all- I-I just kept seeing... He didn't mean to do it.
Benny: Do it? What? What- Did he- What did he do?
Joon: He cleaned the house.
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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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