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Writers (WGA):
Peter Hedges (novel)
Peter Hedges (screenplay)
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Release Date:
4 March 1994 (USA) See more »
Arnie knows a secret. His big brother Gilbert is the greatest person on the planet. See more »
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Johnny Depp ... Gilbert Grape

Leonardo DiCaprio ... Arnie Grape

Juliette Lewis ... Becky

Mary Steenburgen ... Betty Carver

Darlene Cates ... Bonnie Grape
Laura Harrington ... Amy Grape

Mary Kate Schellhardt ... Ellen Grape

Kevin Tighe ... Ken Carver

John C. Reilly ... Tucker Van Dyke

Crispin Glover ... Bobby McBurney
Penelope Branning ... Becky's Grandma

Tim Green ... Mr. Lamson
Susan Loughran ... Mrs. Lamson
Robert B. Hedges ... Minister (as Rev. Robert B. Hedges)
Mark Jordan ... Todd Carver
Cameron Finley ... Doug Carver

Brady Coleman ... Sheriff Jerry Farrel

Tim Simek ... Deputy
Nicholas Stojanovich ... Boy #1

Libby Villari ... Waitress
Kay Bower ... Police secretary

Joe Stevens ... Burger Barn manager

Mona Lee Fultz ... FoodLand Bakery Worker
George Haynes ... Dave
Daniel Gullahorn ... Boy #2
David H. Kramer ... Group (voice)
Drew Ebersole ... Group (voice)
Paulette Rubinstein ... Group (voice)

Peter Fernandez ... Group (voice)
Mary Griffin ... Group (voice)

Jason Pace ... Group (voice)
Shelly Latham ... Group (voice)
Deborah Lee Johnson ... Group (voice)

Adrienne King ... Group (voice)
Steve Cook ... Group (voice)
Patrick Welsh ... Group (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Brent Bratton ... Burger Barn Employee (uncredited)
Kirk Hunter ... Townfolk (uncredited)

R.C. Keene ... Airstream caravanner (uncredited)
Buck Reynolds ... Juvenile Heckler (uncredited)

David Stanford ... Townsperson (uncredited)
Damian Tamburro ... Spectator (uncredited)

Directed by
Lasse Hallström 
Writing credits
Peter Hedges (novel "What's Eating Gilbert Grape?")

Peter Hedges (screenplay)

Produced by
Alan C. Blomquist .... executive producer
Lasse Hallström .... executive producer
David Matalon .... producer
Bertil Ohlsson .... producer
Meir Teper .... producer
Original Music by
Björn Isfält 
Alan Parker 
Cinematography by
Sven Nykvist 
Film Editing by
Andrew Mondshein 
Casting by
Gail Levin 
Production Design by
Bernt Amadeus Capra  (as Bernt Capra)
Art Direction by
John Myhre 
Set Decoration by
Gretchen Rau 
Jarrell Jay Knowles (uncredited)
Costume Design by
Renee Ehrlich Kalfus  (as Reneé Ehrlich Kalfus)
Makeup Department
Toni G .... assistant makeup artist
Rodd Matsui .... prosthetic makeup artist
Deborah Ann Piper .... hair stylist
Cindy J. Williams .... assistant makeup artist (as Cindy Williams)
Patty York .... makeup artist
Production Management
Richard J. Gelfand .... post-production supervisor
Richard J. Gelfand .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Linda Brachman .... second assistant director
Seth Cirker .... second second assistant director
David B. Householter .... first assistant director
Art Department
Paul Ashmore .... set painter
Ron Ashmore .... lead scenic (as Ronald Ashmore)
J.P. Barrow .... carpenter
Joe Barrow .... carpenter (as J.P. Barrow)
Robert Beck .... property master
David Brace .... lead person
Sean Patrick Brennan .... set dresser
Rodney Brown .... carpenter
Kathy Budas .... art department coordinator
John V. Burson .... construction coordinator
Dennis DiAddezzio .... assistant property master (as Dennis F. DiAddezzio)
Ross Dreyer .... set dresser
Theresa Dringenberg .... scenic artist
Max Evers .... carpenter
Geoffrey S. Grimsman .... assistant art director
Teri Jo Kelley .... set painter
Kim Larsen-Santini .... set dresser (as Kim Larsen)
Timothy W. Lobdell .... carpenter (as Tim Lobdell)
Maya S. Macesich .... draftsperson
Jim McCallie .... carpenter
Elizabeth Jane Mcnamara .... set dresser (as Elizabeth McNamara)
Ron Merriam .... carpenter
Ronnie Miller .... carpenter
Maria Nay .... assistant set decorator (as Maria A. Nay)
Darren Patnode .... greensperson
Ron Perkins .... construction foreperson (as Ronny Perkins)
William R. 'Rod' Prince .... carpenter
Alan R. Serotta .... carpenter
Don Stroud .... set dresser (as Bongo Don Stroud)
Stephanie Waldron .... greensman (as Stephanie Waldren)
Sound Department
Louis Bertini .... foley editor
Elisha Birnbaum .... foley artist (as Elisha Bairnbaum)
David Brownlow .... sound mixer
Kristine Bulakowski .... assistant adr editor
Lee Dichter .... re-recording mixer
David Jobe .... adr recordist
Neil L. Kaufman .... dialogue editor (as Neil Kaufman)
Michael Kirchberger .... supervising sound editor
Dan Korintus .... dialogue editor
George A. Lara .... foley engineer
Jane McCulley .... supervising adr editor
Eytan Mirsky .... assistant sound editor
Michael W. Mitchell .... apprentice sound editor (as Michael Mitchell)
Bitty O'Sullivan-Smith .... dialogue editor
Jac Rubenstein .... assistant sound editor
Warren Shaw .... apprentice sound editor
Paul P. Soucek .... sound effects editor
Stuart Stanley .... adr editor
Dominick Tavella .... foley mixer (as Dom Tavella)
Brian Vancho .... foley artist
David Wahnon .... assistant sound editor
Deborah Wallach .... adr editor
Kevin J. Ward .... boom operator
Michael J. Wechsler .... apprentice sound editor
Stan Ginsel .... sound transferer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Howard Jensen .... special effects coordinator
Scott Prescott .... special effects
Paul Stewart .... special effects
Janet Brady .... stunts (as Janet S. Brady)
Rusty McClennon .... stunt coordinator
Gary Price .... stunts (as Gary K. Price)
Camera and Electrical Department
Lucas Bielan .... second assistant camera
Dwight Cary .... electrician (as Dwight 'Curly' Cary)
Scott Conn .... electrician
Jeff Cronenweth .... first assistant camera
Robert K. Feldmann .... first company grip
Paul D. Fischer .... second company grip
Douglas C. Hart .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Chris Hayes .... camera operator: "b" camera
Peter Iovino .... still photographer
Kevin Jewison .... camera operator
Key Kolb .... grip (as Key Kolb III)
John Lacy .... electrician
Robert Lewallen .... grip (as Robert H. Lewallen III)
Victoria J. Lowe .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Anastas N. Michos .... camera operator: "b" camera (as Anastas Michos)
Mike Moad .... dolly grip
Denise Nelson .... grip (as Denise B. Nelson)
Mary C. Nelson .... grip (as Mary Nelson)
Michael Palmer .... electrician
Chris Reddish .... electrician (as Christopher Reddish)
Patrick Reddish .... chief lighting technician
Charles Seligman .... grip
Penny Sprague .... second assistant camera: "b" camera (as Penny Sprague Dixon)
John Vecchio .... assistant chief lighting technician
Peter J. Verrando .... video playback operator
Casting Department
Jo Edna Boldin .... casting: Texas
Hal Masonberg .... casting production assistant
Bronni Stein .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Nina Cockburn .... tailor
Mitzie Corbin .... set costumer
Lucy W. Corrigan .... assistant costume designer
Kathy Kiatta .... costume supervisor (as Kathleen Kiata)
Editorial Department
Elisa Cohen .... apprentice editor
Jennifer Davidoff Cook .... assistant editor (as Jennifer A. Davidoff)
Sue Malfitano .... apprentice editor
Betsy Mcmullin .... apprentice editor (as Betsy McMullin)
Mike Stanwick .... color timer
Location Management
Gerard Averill .... location manager: re-shoot
Katie Cokinos .... assistant location manager
Charles Harrington .... location manager
George Whitley .... location scout
Music Department
Chris Cozens .... music associate
Joseph S. DeBeasi .... composer: additional music
Joseph S. DeBeasi .... music editor
Chris Dibble .... music scoring mixer
Dave Hartley .... musician: piano solo (as David Hartley)
Graham Walker .... music production supervisor
Transportation Department
Todd Adair .... driver
Ray Appel .... driver (as R.L. Appel)
Mike Brennan .... driver
Tracy Craytor .... driver
Fulton 'Greg' Gilson .... driver (as Fulton Gregory Gilson)
Eddie Hatch .... driver (as Eddie L. Hatch)
Bruce Holland .... driver (as A. Bruce Holland)
Terry Johnson .... driver
Sam Lockhart .... driver (as Sammy M. Lockhart)
Joseph Lockwood .... driver (as Joseph P. Lockwood)
Joseph Lockwood .... transportation
Lonnie Nelson .... driver
Wayne Nelson .... transportation coordinator
Jack Prince .... driver
Wayne Williams .... transportation captain
Other crew
Sherry Baumgart .... production auditor
Adam Braid .... production assistant (as Adam C. Braid)
Bryan Christner .... production assistant (as Bryan K. Christner)
Steve Cook .... group voices
Merrilee Dale .... assistant auditor (as Merrilee Anne Dale)
Brady Dial .... production assistant
Dianne Dreyer .... script supervisor
Drew Ebersole .... group voices
Peter Fernandez .... group voices
Wayne Forman .... caterer
Sharon Goodin .... production assistant
Mary Griffin .... group voices
David Higby .... production assistant
Deborah Lee Johnson .... group voices
Kelly Kernan .... production assistant
Adrienne King .... group voices
Kathryn Korniloff .... production secretary
David H. Kramer .... group voices
Shelly Latham .... group voices
Cindy Lindauer .... set teacher
Mary Annette Melton .... production assistant
Alex F. Newsome .... production assistant
Brian O'Kelley .... production assistant (as Brian L. O'Kelley)
Jason Pace .... group voices
Paulette Rubinstein .... group voices
Diane Weidenkopf .... production assistant
Patrick Welsh .... group voices
Kelley Wood .... production coordinator
Beverly Jusi .... post-production accountant (uncredited)
Kathy Lamkin .... stand-in: "Mama" (uncredited)
Carolyn Quinn .... special thanks

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Rated PG-13 for elements of mature subject matter
118 min
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Did You Know?

Johnny Depp admitted that he got easily irritated by co-star Leonardo DiCaprio during the filming of the movie. In an interview, Depp said, "It was a hard time for me, that film, for some reason. I don't know why. I tortured him (Leonardo DiCaprio). I really did. He was always talking about these video games, you know? I told you it was kind of a dark period... 'No, I will not give you a drag of my cigarette while you hide from your mother again, Leo.'" Depp concluded, "I'd say the absolute truth is that I respect Leo a lot. He worked really hard on that film and spent a lot of time researching. He came to set and he was ready to work hard and all his ducks were in a row."See more »
Continuity: The position of the Burger Barn cup in Arnie's hand when he is drinking his shake. First the logo is seen. In the next shot it is turned away.See more »
Gilbert:I had a nice time tonight.
Becky:I know.
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When and where does it take place?
Is this movie based on a novel?
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42 out of 46 people found the following review useful.
Trapped, 26 February 2008
Author: Lechuguilla from Dallas, Texas

Small American towns nurture kindness and big hearts, as personified by Gilbert Grape (Johnny Depp), a twenty year old guy who heads a loving but difficult family of two younger sisters, a mentally retarded younger brother named Arnie (Leonardo DiCaprio), and their obese momma (Darlene Cates). These are humble, unpretentious common folks who do the best they can. But life in a small town in Iowa is hard, and it can be frustrating and confining. At times, you can feel ... trapped.

The film's theme is explicit. Gilbert is trapped in a vexing family. Arnie is trapped in a body with a flawed brain. Momma is trapped in an obese body. A local woman named Betty (Mary Steenburgen) is trapped in an unsatisfying marriage. A young woman named Becky (Juliette Lewis) is trapped with her grandmother in the town by an RV that has broken down while passing through. Even a grasshopper gets trapped in Arnie's mischievous hands.

Seeing good people trapped in difficult situations is poignant. The film really tugs at your heartstrings. In one sequence, momma must face gawkers as she leaves the courthouse. Her response is inspiring and majestic. Darlene Cates does a wonderful job in this role.

Gilbert and his family live in a modest house. Its interior reminds me of the grim, depressing house in the movie "Silkwood" (1983). The dinner table must be moved each meal to wherever momma is sitting. And typical family conversation centers on preparation for Arnie's birthday party, and debate over ways to cook bacon.

A friend helps Gilbert reinforce the wood floor under Gilbert's house, so that the floor won't collapse under the weight of momma. Gilbert is kind, and has a big heart. And he is very protective of Arnie who has a habit of climbing up the town's water tower.

The townsfolk are satisfied with fulfilling small dreams, like getting a job at the new burger barn, or getting an ice cream snack at the local "Dairy Dreme". Small American towns ... life is familial and loving, but it can also be confining. And this film reminds me a lot of "The Last Picture Show" (1971).

The acting in "What's Eating Gilbert Grape" is very good, as is the color cinematography, and production design. I did find the Arnie character to be a bit grating at times. The film's plot is slightly repetitive. And I don't care for the film's title. But these are minor issues.

"What's Eating Gilbert Grape" is a heartfelt story about life in a small American town, with all its kindness, big hearts, and familial love, despite the hardships. The film is worth a serious look, for its thematic depth, for its acting, and for its attention to detail in sets and production design.

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