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Benny & Joon (1993)

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 »
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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 two restaurants used in the movie, the Milk Bottle Café and Furgusen's, were heavily damaged in a fire on September 25, 2011. Ferguson's Café was a total loss, but The Milk Bottle, one of two such Spokane, Washington icons, survived. The Milk Bottle (May) and Ferguson's Café (July) reopened in 2012. Ferguson's still features the counter where Sam danced the rolls. See more »

Goofs

During the meal at the beginning of the film Joon sits at the table with her knee at the level of her chin. The skirt changes layout between shots, covering and uncovering the knee. 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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Connections

Referenced in Das erste Mal (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

CAN'T FIND MY WAY HOME
Written by Steve Winwood
Performed by Joe Cocker
Courtesy of Capitol Records
by arrangement with CEMA Special Markets
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User Reviews

 
Favorite movie of all-time
30 October 2005 | by riverlily0104See all my reviews

I saw "Benny and Joon" in a dollar theatre when I was 12 and a half and my family was going through some difficult times. I had always liked movies before, but they were just an occasional treat and I never really paid attention to actors or directors or the like. After seeing "Benny and Joon" I was in love with movies! I can't pinpoint what it was about this movie that touched me so, but as an insecure, nerdy little 12 year old, it gave me something I needed. I have learned a lot about movies since then, I can name most actors and directors and I know all the production company logos, which makes me a little TOO happy ;)

A lot of movies have come and gone since I first saw "Benny and Joon" and there are plenty that I love, but, for me "Benny and Joon" will always be tops and always have a special place in my heart.


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Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 April 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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