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What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)

PG-13 | | Drama | 4 March 1994 (USA)
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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.

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Mrs. Lamson
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Minister (as Rev. Robert B. Hedges)
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Todd Carver
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Storyline

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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A film about the love you find...In the last place you look. See more »

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for elements of mature subject matter | See all certifications »

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Gilbert Grape  »

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Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$9,170,214
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Trivia

Crispin Glover and Mary Steenburgen were in the Back to the Future trilogy. Glover played George McFly in Back to the Future (1985), while Steenburgen played Clara Clayton in Back to the Future Part III (1990). See more »

Goofs

When eating watermelon at the trailer, Becky's watermelon slice changes the amount eaten as well as amount of seeds between takes. See more »

Quotes

Arnie Grape: I killed him Gilbert , I killed him!
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Connections

Referenced in The Zack Files: What's Eating Zack Greenburg? (2001) See more »

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This Magic Moment
by Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman
Performed by The Manor High School Marching Band
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Performances beyond belief
17 January 2000 | by See all my reviews

The first time I saw this film, I had yet to know the name Leonardo DiCaprio. And I was stunned. Is that actor really retarded or what? His acting is so excellent, you don't need to doubt why he got to be so big.

But all others perform real well also. I have always had an eye for Depp's acting, and Lewis is, like always, little. The new thing is that she's kind and caring.

This is a great film, and if nothing else, watch it because a swede directed it.


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