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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. This situation is suddenly challenged though, when love unexpectedly walks into his life.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Gilbert Grape
... Arnie Grape
... Becky
... Betty Carver
... Bonnie Grape
... Amy Grape
... Ellen Grape
... Ken Carver
... Tucker Van Dyke
... Bobby McBurney
Penelope Branning ... Becky's Grandma
... Mr. Lamson
Susan Loughran ... Mrs. Lamson
Robert B. Hedges ... Minister (as Rev. Robert B. Hedges)
Mark Jordan ... 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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Arnie knows a secret. His big brother Gilbert is the greatest person on the planet. See more »

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

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Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$9,170,214
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Trivia

The cast includes two Oscar winners, Leonardo DiCaprio and Mary Steenburgen; and three Oscar nominees, Juliette Lewis, Johnny Depp, and John C. Reilly. See more »

Goofs

When Gilbert is eating watermelon, the first couple of shots show only two seeds. Then when the camera goes back to him once again, there are a lot of seeds, yet this is supposed to be the same piece. See more »

Quotes

Tucker: How's momma?
Gilbert: She's fat.
Tucker: Come on, man. She's not all that big, Gilbert.
Gilbert: What?
Tucker: Listen, I saw a guy at the state fair who was... a little bit bigger.
Gilbert: A little bit bigger?
Tucker: Look, all I'm sayin' is that she's not the biggest I ever seen, okay?
Gilbert: Tucker, she's a whale!
Tucker: Well, take her out for a walk once in a while.
Gilbert: Take her out for a jog!
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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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