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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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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

First choice for the leads were Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts, followed by Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon. Eventually MGM had their dream casting in place: Johnny Depp, Woody Harrelson and Laura Dern. Harrelson's contract would have given him top billing. When Dern (a recent Oscar nominee) found out that she would be third billed, she quit the picture. Harrelson followed soon after, having landed the young male lead in "Indecent Proposal". MGM promptly slapped him with a $5 million lawsuit for breach of contract (which was ultimately settled out of court). See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Joon: Did you have to go to school for that?
Sam: No, no, I got thrown out of school for that.
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Connections

Spoofs Girl Shy (1924) See more »

Soundtracks

I'M GONNA BE (500 MILES)
Written by Charlie Reid (as Charles Reid) and Craig Reid
Performed by The Proclaimers
Courtesy of EMI Records Group/Chrysalis Records
by arrangement with CEMA Special Markets
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Really good film!!
5 September 2003 | by (Greenville, NY) – See all my reviews

I was surprised at how much I liked this film, I guess that I could somehow relate to the characters. Masterson's Joon is an awfully sad character that I really felt bad for, so was Depp's Sam, but they worked so well together, and had so many wonderful moments that made this film work. Anyone with a heart will enjoy this sweet little film. The only mistake was the relationship between Aidan Quinn and Julianne Moore, that just didnt seem to fit into the rest of the movie. Still, its a sweet and warm hearted film that everyone should enjoy. My rating: 8/10.


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