Benny & Joon ()

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

  • Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 nominations.
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Joon Pearl
Benny Pearl
Dr. Garvey (as C.C.H. Pounder)
Randy Burch
Claudia (as Liane Alexandra Curtis)
Mrs. Smail
Waldo Larson ...
Irvin Johnson ...
Shane Nilsson ...
Leslie Laursen ...
Admitting Nurse
Faye Killebrew ...
Video Customer
Ramsin Amirkhas ...
Video Clerk
Female Customer
Amy Alizabeth Sanford ...
Young Joon
Brian Keevy ...
Young Benny
John Grant Phillips ...
Tony Lincoln ...
Noon Orsatti ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gregory Cook ...
Guy in the Park (uncredited)
Bicyclist (uncredited)

Directed by

Jeremiah S. Chechik ... (as Jeremiah Chechik)

Written by

Barry Berman ... (story) &
Lesley McNeil ... (story) (as Leslie McNeil)
Barry Berman ... (screenplay)

Produced by

Susan Arnold ... producer
Bill Badalato ... executive producer
Lesley McNeil ... associate producer (as Leslie McNeil)
Donna Roth ... producer

Music by

Rachel Portman

Cinematography by

John Schwartzman

Film Editing by

Carol Littleton

Editorial Department

Gary Burritt ... negative cutter
Raúl Dávalos ... associate editor
Dennis McNeill ... color timer (as Denny McNeil)
Michelle Pazer ... second assistant editor
Suzanne Spangler ... first assistant editor

Casting By

Risa Bramon Garcia
Heidi Levitt

Production Design by

Neil Spisak

Art Direction by

Pat Tagliaferro

Set Decoration by

Barbara Munch

Costume Design by

Aggie Guerard Rodgers

Makeup Department

Fríða Aradóttir ... key hair stylist (as Frida Aradottir)
Cindy J. Williams ... assistant hair stylist (as Cindy Williams) / assistant makeup artist (as Cindy Williams)
Patty York ... key makeup artist

Production Management

Bill Badalato ... unit production manager
Billy Badalato ... unit manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Bruce Carter ... second assistant director
K.C. Colwell ... first assistant director

Art Department

Ron Ashmore ... scenic foreman (as Ronald Ashmore)
Paige Bassett ... carpenter
Taylor Black ... assistant property master
J. Michael Davis ... set dresser
Ken Deubel III ... assistant scenic artist
Terry Deubel ... scenic painter
John Gavin ... carpenter
Peter Hoobyar ... set dresser
John L. Jensen ... storyboard illustrator (as John Jensen)
Mervyn Johnson ... construction coordinator
Martin Lasowitz ... property master
Philip A. Margraff ... construction foreman
William S. Maxwell III ... lead man
Troy Sizemore ... assistant art director
Dennis Sutton ... construction foreman
Debi Shirk Tagliaferro ... art department coordinator
Jim Comfort ... art department assistant (uncredited)
Michael Ruby ... painter (uncredited) / signwriter (uncredited)
Jana Treadwell ... set dresser (uncredited)

Sound Department

Scott Austin ... sound recordist
Gary C. Bourgeois ... re-recording mixer (as Gary Bourgeois)
Michael J. Cerone ... adr recordist
Lucy Coldsnow-Smith ... foley editor (as Lucy Coldsnow)
Brian R. Crain ... cable person
Carmen Flores De Tanis ... assistant adr editor (as Carmen Flores)
Jessica Gallavan ... adr editor
John Haeny ... supervising sound editor
David Halbert ... boom operator
Kimberly Harris ... supervising adr editor
J. Paul Huntsman ... supervising sound editor
Pat McCormick ... dialogue editor (as Patrick McCormick)
Scott Millan ... re-recording mixer
Myron Nettinga ... sound effects editor
Ralph Osborn ... dialogue editor
Elmo Ponsdomenech ... re-recording mixer
Jeff Rosen ... foley editor
Carolann Sanchez-Shapiro ... assistant sound editor (as Carolann Sanchez Shapiro)
Adam Sawelson ... dialogue editor
Matt Sawelson ... dialogue editor (as Matthew Sawelson)
James Thornton ... production sound mixer
Paul J. Zydel ... adr mixer
Steve Bartkowicz ... re-recording engineer (uncredited)
Tom Taylor ... cable person (uncredited)

Special Effects by

Allen Hall ... fire effects coordinator (as Alan Hall)
J.D. Streett ... special effects coordinator (as J.D. Streett IV)


Noon Orsatti ... stunt coordinator

Camera and Electrical Department

Mitchell Amundsen ... camera operator (as C. Mitchell Amundsen)
Bruce Birmelin ... still photographer
Jason Butters ... electrician
Jerry Cox ... grip
Stuart Cropley ... best boy electric (as Stuart E. Cropley)
David Dubois ... chief lighting technician (as David W. DuBois)
John Dumas ... best boy grip
Christopher Duskin ... first assistant camera (as Chris Duskin)
Jack Glenn ... dolly grip
Kim Kono ... electrician (as Kim K. Kono)
Thomas D. Lairson Jr. ... second assistant camera (as Thom Lairson)
Dickinson H. Luke ... electrician (as Dickinson Luke)
Frank Peterson ... grip
Mark Streapy ... director of photography: second unit (as Mark R. Streapy)
Emmanuel Vouniozos ... key grip (as Manny Vouniozos)
Robert Colt ... assistant camera: second unit (uncredited)
Emmanuel Vouniozos ... on-set technician (uncredited)

Casting Department

Jennifer Low Sauer ... casting assistant (as Jennifer Sauer)
Rick Montgomery ... additional casting: Montgomery, Parada Casting
Joseph Pisani ... extras casting
Tricia Tomey ... casting assistant
Mary Vernieu ... casting associate

Costume and Wardrobe Department

Marsha Barton ... costumer
Wendy M. Craig ... costumer
Linda Henrikson ... costumer
Chuck Velasco ... costume supervisor
Chrisi Karvonides-Dushenko ... assistant costume designer (uncredited)

Location Management

Bruce Lawhead ... location manager

Music Department

Bill Abbott ... music editor
Colleen Byrnes ... assistant music editor
Sharal Churchill ... music consultant
Sandy DeCrescent ... music contractor (as Sandy De Crescent)
Dan Higgins ... musician: solo soprano saxophone
Jo Ann Kane ... music service (as Joann Kane)
Jim Kanter ... musician: solo clarinet
Jackie Krost ... music consultant
Allan Mason ... music supervisor
Rachel Portman ... orchestrator
J.A.C. Redford ... conductor
John Richards ... score mixer
Tom Boyd ... oboe soloist (uncredited)
Craig Braginsky ... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Katherine Quittner ... music editor: temp score (uncredited)
James Thatcher ... musician: French horn (uncredited)

Transportation Department

Ed Nassaney ... transportation captain
Gary Shephard ... transportation coordinator
Larry Shephard ... transportation coordinator
Roger Bojarski Jr. ... driver: honeywagon (uncredited)

Other crew

Jason Badalato ... production assistant
T.C. Badalato ... production assistant
Brian Brightly ... production assistant (as Brian Brightly Jr.)
Keli Craig ... production assistant
Stephen L. Craig ... craft service
Wayne Fitzgerald ... title designer
Casey Hale ... production assistant
Barbara A. Hall ... production coordinator
Chris Halverson ... production assistant
John Harris ... production assistant
Dawnna Hurst ... first aid
Craig Ilg ... production assistant
Dan Kamin ... choreographer: physical comedy
Steven Kaye ... stand-in
Lisa Krueger ... script supervisor
David Linck ... unit publicist
Rocco Marra ... key set production assistant (as Rocco J. Marra III)
Nicki Miller ... stand-in
Billy Pittard ... title designer (as Pittard Sullivan Fitzgerald)
Edwin Rosario ... projectionist
Peggy Rosson ... production accountant
Jackie Rubin ... assistant to producers
Nathan Segal ... security officer
Jon Snyder ... production assistant
Trevor St. John ... stand-in
Kelly Stauffer ... assistant production coordinator
Ed Sullivan ... title designer
Steve Timinskas ... assistant production accountant (as Steven Timinskas)
Angel Trujillo ... caterer: Angel's Food Service
Kirsten Welles ... assistant: Jeremiah Chechik (as Kirsten Whittier Welles)
Jim Jaffe ... product placement (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Plot Summary

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, Sam who they obtained from Mike in a losing hand of poker. Among his eccentricities, Sam has a penchant for bursting into Buster Keatonesque physical comedy routines. As Sam ultimately makes a connection with both Benny and Joon, he becomes a complicating factor in their lives as Benny evaluates Sam's fitness to handle both the good and bad of Joon. Written by Huggo

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Taglines A romance on the brink of reality. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Benny und Joon (Germany)
  • Benny & Joon (El amor de los inocentes) (Spain)
  • Benny si Joon (Romania)
  • Benny & Joon: Corações em Conflito (Brazil)
  • Бени и Джун (Bulgaria, Bulgarian title)
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  • 98 min
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Box Office

Opening Weekend United States $3,285,063, 18 Apr 1993

Did You Know?

Trivia Johnny Depp did all of the stunts for the physical comedy sequence in the park himself. See more »
Goofs When the female customer in the auto body shop asks Benny out for dinner, her necklace is tucked into her shirt. In the next shot, the necklace is out of her shirt. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Benny & Joon/The Positively True Adventures of the Alledged Texas Cheerleader Murdering Mom/Map of the Human Heart/Visions of Light: The Art of Cinematography (1993). See more »
Soundtracks I'M GONNA BE (500 MILES) See more »
Quotes Sam: You don't like raisins?
Joon: Not really.
Sam: Why?
Joon: They used to be fat and juicy and now they're twisted. They had their lives stolen. Well, they taste sweet, but really they're just humiliated grapes. I can't say I am a big supporter of the raisin council.
Sam: Did you see those, those raisins on TV? The ones that sing and dance and stuff?
Joon: They scare me.
Sam: Yeah me too
Joon: It's sick. The commercial people they make them sing and dance so people will eat them.
Sam: It's a shame about raisins.
Joon: Cannibals.
Sam: Yeah. Do you like avocados?
Joon: They're a fruit you know.
Sam: Ruthie, do you got any avocados?
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