A mentally ill young woman finds her love in an eccentric man who models himself after Buster Keaton.

Director:

Jeremiah S. Chechik (as Jeremiah Chechik)

Writers:

Barry Berman (story), Lesley McNeil (story) (as Leslie McNeil) | 1 more credit »
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Johnny Depp ... Sam
Mary Stuart Masterson ... Joon Pearl
Aidan Quinn ... 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 (as Liane Alexandra Curtis)
Eileen Ryan ... Mrs. Smail
Don Hamilton Don Hamilton ... UPS Man
Waldo Larson Waldo Larson ... Waldo
Irvin Johnson Irvin Johnson ... Orderly
Shane Nilsson Shane Nilsson ... Orderly
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Storyline

In Spokane, Washington, Juniper Pearl - Joon to those that know her - is an artist. She is also a mentally challenged young woman who requires around the clock care, as she could cause harm to herself or others. Her brother Benny Pearl, who owns and operates a garage and who is her only living relative since their parents died twelve years ago in a car accident, has made the decision that she would live at home with him, in the process sacrificing being able to have a personal life of his own. He has hired full-time housekeepers to provide that care when he isn't around. However, he has exhausted the list of housekeepers, who keep quitting because Joon is too much to handle. As such, Benny makes the decision that perhaps it would be best for all concerned if Joon were to live in a group home, something he is hesitating telling her for fear of her reaction. Into their lives comes Sam, the eccentric cousin of Benny's friend Mike, who they obtained from Mike in a losing hand of poker. ... Written by Huggo

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A romance on the brink of reality.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for theme, a scene of mild sensuality and one use of harsh language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The Chevrolet El Camino, that Benny drives in the film, was bought from a local man in Spokane, Washington. For the film, they redid the entire inside and outside of the truck, because it was a wreck when they bought it. After filming for the movie ended, they sold the truck back to the original owner. See more »

Goofs

In the bedroom scene where Benny and Joon start singing, Joon lies back on her pillow, but in the next shot the pillow has changed positions though Joon hasn't. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Randy Burch: So we're planning our next vacation, right? I want Australia, she wants Italy. I like snorkeling, she likes garlic. All of a sudden, out of nowhere, she says to me: Do I need her? Jesus, Benny. What kind of a question is that? I mean, "need?" What does it really mean to need someone?
Eric: Benny, fuel line!
[and the phone begins ringing]
Benny: Hey Waldo, could you answer that phone?
Waldo: Hello?
UPS Man: [walks in] I need a check, Benny. COD.
Benny: In a minute. Meet me in the office.
UPS Man: All right...
Benny: [about Randy's cigarette] ...
[...]
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Soundtracks

PUSHIN' FORWARD BACK
Written by Chris Cornell (as Christopher J. Cornell), Stone Gossard, Jeff Ament
Performed by Temple of the Dog
Courtesy of A&M Records, Inc.
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Original, Romantic, and Fun!
4 January 2004 | by Esperanza_NuevaSee all my reviews

I have fallen in love with this film. It is a classic love story between two lovable, quirky characters Sam and Joon. Benny and Joon has serious elements in its portrayal of Joon's (Masterson) sickness and how it affects her relationship with her brother, Benny (Quinn). This melancholy feeling is soon overshadowed by the magical aura that Sam (Depp) brings to these troubled siblings giving the movie an overall light-hearted and fun feeling.

The characters in Benny and Joon make the film truly original. Johnny Depp's portrayal of Sam is amazing. He hits the mark with his off-the-wall performance that brings exceptional charm to the story. Mary Stuart Masterson's portrayal of the mentally ill Joon is also spectacular. Depp and Masterson have undeniable chemistry in this movie. The quirkiness of their characters complement each other while Aidan Quinn's portrayal of Benny keeps the story down to earth with his sensibility that contrasts Sam and Joon's eccentricity. In short, this is a romance you won't want to miss.


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Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 April 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Benny & Joon See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,285,063, 18 April 1993

Gross USA:

$23,261,580

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$23,261,580
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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