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What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)

PG-13 | | Drama | 4 March 1994 (USA)
After his father's death, Gilbert has to care for his mentally disabled brother, Arnie, and his morbidly obese mother, which is suddenly challenged 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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Life is a terrible thing to sleep through. See more »

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

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$11,000,000 (estimated)

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$9,170,214 (USA)
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When getting into character, Leonardo DiCaprio remarked of it, "I had to really research to get into the mind of somebody like that. I spent a few days at a home for mentally retarded teens. We just talked and I watched their mannerisms. People have these expectations that mentally retarded children are really crazy, but that isn't so. It's refreshing to see them, because everything's so new to them." See more »

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At the start Gilbert says his dad died 17 years ago but then says that his youngest sister, Ellen just turned 15. Therefore their dad could not have fathered Ellen. See more »

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Betty Carver: Hey. I could have had any guy, any guy, but I chose you. I chose you.
Gilbert: Why did you?
Betty Carver: [pause] Because... I knew you'd always be there. Because I knew you'd never leave.
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Performances beyond belief
17 January 2000 | by (Karlstad, Sweden) – See all my reviews

The first time I saw this film, I had yet to know the name Leonardo DiCaprio. And I was stunned. Is that actor really retarded or what? His acting is so excellent, you don't need to doubt why he got to be so big.

But all others perform real well also. I have always had an eye for Depp's acting, and Lewis is, like always, little. The new thing is that she's kind and caring.

This is a great film, and if nothing else, watch it because a swede directed it.


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