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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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Arnie: Tomorrow's my birthday, I'm gonna have a party and you're not invited. 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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Darlene Cates hadn't left her house in five years at the time of the film's release. Some of Bonnie's problems mirrored those in Darlene's life. E.g. people staring at her, teasing her, retreating from wide society. See more »

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When Gilbert first shows Becky his house, the sun is setting behind them. When the shot switches to show the house from their point of view, the sun is setting behind the house. Since they are facing the house, it is impossible for the sun to be behind both simultaneously. See more »

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Gilbert: I know a boy whose name is Arnie... he's, uh, 'bout to turn 18 and have a big party. I know a boy whose name is Arnie. C'mon down, buddy.
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A simple movie with a simple plot.
27 January 2004 | by See all my reviews

Depp plays the title character and this movie just seems to go through a typical few days in this family's life. However, the main character is getting tired of it, and you can tell he is about to snap. There isn't a very well defined plot, but it seems to revolve around Arnie's birthday party and the coming of motor homes that drive through the area. This movie though doesn't revolve around plot, but rather characters. It is more of a character study I would say. The performances are rather good so it works for me. First time I saw this, before I knew who Leonardo was I actually thought he was a mentally ill person playing the part. This movie has some laughs too as it isn't all serious. It is worth a look.


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