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What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)

 -  Drama  -  4 March 1994 (USA)
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Gilbert has to care for his brother Arnie and his obese mother, which gets in the way when love walks into his life.

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What's Eating Gibert Grape is a beautifully shot movie of tenderness, caring and self-awareness that is set amongst the fictional working class one street town Endora. Centred around the Grape family Ellen and Amy and their two brothers Arnie and Gilbert, who, along with their morbidly obese widowed mother Bonnie Grape are striving to survive and coexist with the absence of a father figure, low wage work and seventeen-year-old Arnie's severe mental condition. It is in this awkward and extremely one sided affair that the unfortunate Gilbert has to constantly, while working for the town's slowly dying convenience store, take care of his younger brother Arnie. Gilbert's life, his future, is thwarted he knows this, but it is in this guardian angel that his love and bond for Arnie cannot, and will not, be let go. That is until the free spirit of Becky arrives in town, and with her grandmother are stranded for the week while waiting for parts for their vehicle. This realization unties new ... Written by Cinema_Fan

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An unusual story of life...and love in the heartland. See more »

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Rated PG-13 for elements of mature subject matter | See all certifications »

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4 March 1994 (USA)  »

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$11,000,000 (estimated)

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$9,170,214 (USA)
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Peter Hedges based Bonnie on a woman he used to know when he was growing up in Iowa. See more »

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When the mother comes out of the jailhouse a bounce card (light reflector) is visible. See more »

Quotes

Becky: It's okay,don worry about it.
Gilbert: no no I'm really... I'm really sorry
Becky: It's okay.
Gilbert: I'm really sorry.
Becky: Don't be sorry,Are you sorry?... no,I'm not sorry,he's not sorry,we're not sorry,don't be sorry.
Arnie: I'm not sorry
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Music from "Sorry, Wrong Number"
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Great Movie
28 July 2004 | by See all my reviews

This film starts out slow, but after we get to know the characters and their (dis)abilities, we begin to place ourselves in their shoes and the action picks up. Perhaps Leonardo DiCaprio's best performance ever, this movie is a true drama.

The focus of the movie is of course Gilbert Grape (Johnny Depp). However, there are really several focal points in the movie, all of which add to a powerful storyline. As the title of the film suggests, just about everything seems to be a hardship for Gilbert, yet, somehow he manages to come to terms with reality and in the end obtains a newfound respect for life.

With good performances by supporting actors and actresses (Juliette Lewis, Darlene Cates, Leo D., and all the other "Grapes") and a nice comic relief from the city coroner (Bobby McBurney) and the local handyman (John C. Reilly), this movie should be seen by anyone who wishes to put themselves in a place where country roads and beautiful greenery give way to the perils and pitfalls of smalltown life.

Overall great acting, a good story, and something with which we can all relate. "What's Eating Gilbert Grape" is an excellent movie!


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