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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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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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Benny & Joon  »

Box Office

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$23,202,734 (USA)
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Trivia

Benny emulates Buster Keaton often in the movie. The wonderful "dancing rolls" scene is actually honouring from The Gold Rush (1925), performed by Charles Chaplin during his dream sequence to impress the dance hall girls. See more »

Goofs

Joon lights a tissue and Benny stamps it out wearing sneakers. Moments later he's wearing Oxfords when he flushes the dead goldfish. See more »

Quotes

Sam: I'm Sam.
Benny: So I hear. I'm Benny.
Sam: With an 'n'?
Benny: Yea two of 'em. This is Joon.
Sam: With an 'n'?
Joon: One. You're out of your tree.
Sam: It's not my tree.
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

HAVE A LITTLE FAITH IN ME
Written and Performed by John Hiatt
Courtesy of A&M Records, Inc.
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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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