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Writers (WGA):
Barry Berman (story) &
Lesley McNeil (story) ...
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Release Date:
16 April 1993 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
A romance on the brink of reality.
Plot:
A mentally ill young woman finds her love in an eccentric man who models himself after Buster Keaton. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 3 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
funny *and* realistic (whatever others may say) See more (156 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Johnny Depp ... Sam

Mary Stuart Masterson ... Juniper 'Joon' Pearl

Aidan Quinn ... Benjamin 'Benny' Pearl

Julianne Moore ... Ruthie

Oliver Platt ... Eric

CCH Pounder ... Dr. Garvey (as C.C.H. Pounder)

Dan Hedaya ... Thomas

Joe Grifasi ... Mike

William H. Macy ... Randy Burch

Liane Curtis ... Claudia

Eileen Ryan ... Mrs. Smail
Don Hamilton ... UPS Man
Waldo Larson ... Waldo
Irvin Johnson ... Orderly
Shane Nilsson ... Orderly
Leslie Laursen ... Admitting Nurse, Emma Sherman Memorial Hospital
Faye Killebrew ... Video Customer
Ramsin Amirkhas ... Video Clerk at American Classic Video Store
Lynette Walden ... Female Customer
Amy Alizabeth Sanford ... Young Joon
Brian Keevy ... Young Benny
John Grant Phillips ... Policeman
Tony Lincoln ... Local
Noon Orsatti ... Patron
Dan Kamin ... Patron
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gregory Cook ... Guy in the Park (uncredited)

Aaron Haedt ... Bicyclist (uncredited)

Directed by
Jeremiah S. Chechik  (as Jeremiah Chechik)
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Barry Berman (story) &
Lesley McNeil (story) (as Leslie McNeil)

Barry Berman (screenplay)

Produced by
Susan Arnold .... producer
Bill Badalato .... executive producer
Lesley McNeil .... associate producer (as Leslie McNeil)
Donna Roth .... producer
 
Original Music by
Rachel Portman 
 
Cinematography by
John Schwartzman 
 
Film Editing by
Carol Littleton 
 
Casting by
Risa Bramon Garcia 
Heidi Levitt 
 
Production Design by
Neil Spisak 
 
Art Direction by
Pat Tagliaferro 
 
Set Decoration by
Barbara Munch 
 
Costume Design by
Aggie Guerard Rodgers 
 
Makeup Department
Fríða Aradóttir .... key hair stylist (as Frida Aradottir)
Cindy J. Williams .... assistant hair stylist (as Cindy Williams)
Cindy J. Williams .... assistant makeup artist (as Cindy Williams)
Patty York .... key makeup artist
 
Production Management
Bill Badalato .... unit production manager
Billy Badalato .... unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bruce Carter .... second assistant director
K.C. Colwell .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Ron Ashmore .... scenic foreman (as Ronald Ashmore)
Paige Bassett .... carpenter
Taylor Black .... assistant property master
J. Michael Davis .... set dresser
Ken Deubel III .... assistant scenic artist
Terry Deubel .... scenic painter
John Gavin .... carpenter
Peter Hoobyar .... set dresser
John L. Jensen .... storyboard illustrator (as John Jensen)
Mervyn Johnson .... construction coordinator
Martin Lasowitz .... property master
Philip A. Margraff .... construction foreman
William S. Maxwell III .... lead man
Troy Sizemore .... assistant art director
Dennis Sutton .... construction foreman
Debi Shirk Tagliaferro .... art department coordinator
Jim Comfort .... art department assistant (uncredited)
Michael Ruby .... painter (uncredited)
Michael Ruby .... signwriter (uncredited)
Jana Treadwell .... set dresser (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Scott Austin .... sound recordist
Gary C. Bourgeois .... sound re-recording mixer (as Gary Bourgeois)
Michael J. Cerone .... adr recordist
Lucy Coldsnow-Smith .... foley editor (as Lucy Coldsnow)
Brian R. Crain .... cable person
Carmen Flores De Tanis .... assistant adr editor (as Carmen Flores)
Jessica Gallavan .... adr editor
John Haeny .... supervising sound editor
David Halbert .... boom operator
Kimberly Harris .... supervising adr editor
J. Paul Huntsman .... supervising sound editor
Pat McCormick .... dialogue editor (as Patrick McCormick)
Scott Millan .... sound re-recording mixer
Myron Nettinga .... sound effects editor
Ralph Osborn .... dialogue editor
Elmo Ponsdomenech .... sound re-recording mixer
Jeff Rosen .... foley editor
Carolann Sanchez-Shapiro .... assistant sound editor (as Carolann Sanchez Shapiro)
Adam Sawelson .... dialogue editor
Matt Sawelson .... dialogue editor (as Matthew Sawelson)
James Thornton .... production sound mixer
Paul J. Zydel .... adr mixer
Steve Bartkowicz .... re-recording engineer (uncredited)
Tom Taylor .... cable person (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Allen Hall .... fire effects coordinator (as Alan Hall)
J.D. Streett .... special effects coordinator (as J.D. Streett IV)
 
Stunts
Noon Orsatti .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Mitchell Amundsen .... camera operator (as C. Mitchell Amundsen)
Bruce Birmelin .... still photographer
Jason Butters .... electrician
Jerry Cox .... grip
Stuart E. Cropley .... best boy electric
David Dubois .... chief lighting technician (as David W. DuBois)
John Dumas .... best boy grip
Christopher Duskin .... first assistant camera (as Chris Duskin)
Jack Glenn .... dolly grip
Kim Kono .... electrician (as Kim K. Kono)
Thom Lairson .... second assistant camera
Dickinson H. Luke .... electrician (as Dickinson Luke)
Frank Peterson .... grip
Mark Streapy .... director of photography: second unit (as Mark R. Streapy)
Emmanuel Vouniozos .... key grip (as Manny Vouniozos)
Robert Colt .... assistant camera: second unit (uncredited)
Emmanuel Vouniozos .... on-set technician (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Jennifer Low Sauer .... casting assistant (as Jennifer Sauer)
Rick Montgomery .... additional casting: Montgomery, Parada Casting
Joseph Pisani .... extras casting
Tricia Tomey .... casting assistant
Mary Vernieu .... casting associate
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Marsha Barton .... costumer
Wendy M. Craig .... costumer
Linda Henrikson .... costumer
Chuck Velasco .... costume supervisor
Chrisi Karvonides-Dushenko .... assistant costume designer (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Gary Burritt .... negative cutter
Raúl Dávalos .... associate editor
Dennis McNeill .... color timer (as Denny McNeil)
Michelle Pazer .... second assistant editor
Suzanne Spangler .... first assistant editor
 
Music Department
Bill Abbott .... music editor
Colleen Byrnes .... assistant music editor
Sharal Churchill .... music consultant
Sandy DeCrescent .... music contractor (as Sandy De Crescent)
Dan Higgins .... musician: solo soprano saxophone
Jo Ann Kane .... music service (as Joann Kane)
Jim Kanter .... musician: solo clarinet
Jackie Krost .... music consultant
Allan Mason .... music supervisor
Rachel Portman .... orchestrator
J.A.C. Redford .... conductor
John Richards .... score mixer
Katherine Quittner .... music editor: temp score (uncredited)
James Thatcher .... musician: French horn (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Ed Nassaney .... transportation captain
Gary Shephard .... transportation coordinator
Larry Shephard .... transportation coordinator
Roger Bojarski Jr. .... driver: honeywagon (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Jason Badalato .... production assistant
T.C. Badalato .... production assistant
Brian Brightly Jr. .... production assistant
Keli Craig .... production assistant
Stephen L. Craig .... craft service
Wayne Fitzgerald .... title designer
Casey Hale .... production assistant
Barbara A. Hall .... production coordinator
Chris Halverson .... production assistant
John Harris .... production assistant
Dawnna Hurst .... first aid
Craig Ilg .... production assistant
Dan Kamin .... choreographer: physical comedy
Steven Kaye .... stand-in
Lisa Krueger .... script supervisor
Bruce Lawhead .... location manager
David Linck .... unit publicist
Rocco Marra .... key set production assistant (as Rocco J. Marra III)
Nicki Miller .... stand-in
Billy Pittard .... title designer (as Pittard Sullivan Fitzgerald)
Edwin Rosario .... projectionist
Peggy Rosson .... production accountant
Jackie Rubin .... assistant to producers
Nathan Segal .... security officer
Jon Snyder .... production assistant
Trevor St. John .... stand-in
Kelly Stauffer .... assistant production coordinator
Ed Sullivan .... title designer
Steve Timinskas .... assistant production accountant (as Steven Timinskas)
Angel Trujillo .... caterer: Angel's Food Service
Kirsten Welles .... assistant: Jeremiah Chechik (as Kirsten Whittier Welles)
Jim Jaffe .... product placement (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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MPAA:
Rated PG for theme, a scene of mild sensuality and one use of harsh language
Runtime:
98 min
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Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Mary Stuart Masterson did a lot of the paintings herself.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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:
[while playing cards]
Eric:Salad shooter!
See more »
Movie Connections:
Spoofed in My Baby's Daddy (2004)See more »
Soundtrack:
HAVE A LITTLE FAITH IN MESee more »

FAQ

How much sex, violence, and profanity are in this movie?
Exactly what mental illness does Joon have?
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111 out of 118 people found the following review useful.
funny *and* realistic (whatever others may say), 28 December 1998
Author: taneskal from Campbell, California

I first saw this movie with almost no expectations. Now I own it and have watched it more times than I can remember.

I have heard that this movie caught a lot of flak about not being "realistic" about mental illness, and not providing a diagnosis for Joon, etc. I think that it is more realistic for the "average" person with a mental illness than any other movie I have seen on the topic. There was no theme of "being institutionalised forever" and there was no unrealistic expectation of a "cure".

The character of Sam put it best when he said "Aside from being a little mentally ill, she's pretty normal." I think that's the best quote I've heard in a movie, on that particular topic.

I also think there is a reason for there being no stated diagnosis of Joon. She personifies those of us who can't get on with the things we want to do in life because of a mental illness and treatment getting in the way. She does it very well, down to the mannerisms. If she were to be labeled, say, obsessive-compulsive, or post-traumatic stress disorder, or schizophrenic, or bipolar, then the universality would be taken out of it and it would suddenly only apply to people with one certain label.

This movie did wonders for my family. Upon watching it, we all said "That's us!" and learned to laugh at ourselves and the situations we got into. It offered me a lot of hope -- what more could I want than to find an understanding and eccentric friend to love and move into my own apartment, away from the mess of hospitals and doctors? It still makes me laugh every time I see it, and "Joon" has become a household word... I recommend this to anyone, particularly anyone with a mental illness, and their families -- it might lighten things up, but it certainly doesn't skip over the bad parts.

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