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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?


Sam 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 »


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 »


Joon: You can't throw him out, I won him!
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Spoofed in My Baby's Daddy (2004) See more »


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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Another Incredible Johnny Depp Performance
8 June 2001 | by (London) – See all my reviews

If you read this one exactly as it's written and take out the Depp character it can play accurately. It would never be a big movie like that (it wasn't big anyway) but it would be consistent and good. But insert Depp's character (and Depp's way of playing this character) and you have something entirely else. The title holds only if you don't have Depp in the movie - for this movie is all about Depp. He literally steals the show. I don't know much about Depp, what I've heard he is a somewhat weird character, but if you look at what he's done - Scissorhands and this movie as two examples - you have to wonder if you're not looking at one of the truly great actors of the day. The diner scene with the two dinner rolls, the tray of dinners, the Wurlitzer and Julianne Moore; the kitchen antics; the jack-in-the-box scene - simple but still; the 'mail a letter to momma' scene - look how Depp totally creates his character; and the park scene: this is great stuff. Is it about Benny and Joon and their ability to cope with their situation? Maybe. But moviegoers might remember this essentially 'feel good' movie as only another incredible Johnny Depp performance.

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