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What's Eating Gilbert Grape ()


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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... See more »

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Gilbert Grape
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Arnie Grape
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Becky
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Betty Carver
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Bonnie Grape
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Amy Grape
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Ellen Grape
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Ken Carver
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Tucker Van Dyke
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Bobby McBurney
Penelope Branning ...
Becky's Grandma
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Mr. Lamson
Susan Loughran ...
Mrs. Lamson
Robert B. Hedges ...
Minister (as Rev. Robert B. Hedges)
Mark Jordan ...
Todd Carver
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Doug Carver
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Sheriff Jerry Farrel
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Deputy
Nicholas Stojanovich ...
Boy #1
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Waitress
Kay Bower ...
Police secretary
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Burger Barn manager
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FoodLand Bakery Worker
George Haynes ...
Dave
Daniel Gullahorn ...
Boy #2
David H. Kramer ...
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Drew Ebersole ...
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Paulette Rubinstein ...
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Mary Griffin ...
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Shelly Latham ...
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Deborah Lee Johnson ...
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Steve Cook ...
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Patrick Welsh ...
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Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Brent Bratton ...
Burger Barn Employee (uncredited)
Kirk Hunter ...
Townfolk (uncredited)
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Airstream caravanner (uncredited)
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Juvenile Heckler (uncredited)
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Townsperson (uncredited)
Damian Tamburro ...
Spectator (uncredited)

Directed by

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Lasse Hallström

Written by

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Peter Hedges ... (novel "What's Eating Gilbert Grape?")
 
Peter Hedges ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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Alan C. Blomquist ... executive producer
Lasse Hallström ... executive producer
David Matalon ... producer
Bertil Ohlsson ... producer
Meir Teper ... producer

Music by

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Björn Isfält
Alan Parker

Cinematography by

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Sven Nykvist

Film Editing by

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Andrew Mondshein

Editorial Department

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Elisa Cohen ... apprentice editor
Jennifer Davidoff Cook ... assistant editor (as Jennifer A. Davidoff)
Sue Malfitano ... apprentice editor
Betsy Mcmullin ... apprentice editor (as Betsy McMullin)
Mike Stanwick ... color timer

Casting By

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Gail Levin

Production Design by

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Bernt Amadeus Capra ... (as Bernt Capra)

Art Direction by

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John Myhre

Set Decoration by

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Gretchen Rau
Jarrell Jay Knowles ... (uncredited)

Costume Design by

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Renee Ehrlich Kalfus ... (as Reneé Ehrlich Kalfus)

Makeup Department

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Toni G ... assistant makeup artist
Rodd Matsui ... prosthetic makeup artist
Deborah Ann Piper ... hair stylist
Cindy J. Williams ... assistant makeup artist (as Cindy Williams)
Patty York ... makeup artist

Production Management

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Richard J. Gelfand ... post-production supervisor / unit production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Linda Brachman ... second assistant director
Seth Cirker ... second second assistant director
David B. Householter ... first assistant director

Art Department

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Paul Ashmore ... set painter
Ron Ashmore ... lead scenic (as Ronald Ashmore)
J.P. Barrow ... carpenter
Joe Barrow ... carpenter (as J.P. Barrow)
Robert Beck ... property master
David Brace ... lead person
Sean Patrick Brennan ... set dresser
Rodney Brown ... carpenter
Kathy Budas ... art department coordinator
John V. Burson ... construction coordinator
Dennis DiAddezzio ... assistant property master (as Dennis F. DiAddezzio)
Ross Dreyer ... set dresser
Theresa Dringenberg ... scenic artist
Max Evers ... carpenter
Geoffrey S. Grimsman ... assistant art director
Teri Jo Kelley ... set painter
Kim Larsen-Santini ... set dresser (as Kim Larsen)
Timothy W. Lobdell ... carpenter (as Tim Lobdell)
Maya S. Macesich ... draftsperson
Jim McCallie ... carpenter
Elizabeth Jane Mcnamara ... set dresser (as Elizabeth McNamara)
Ron Merriam ... carpenter
Ronnie Miller ... carpenter
Maria Nay ... assistant set decorator (as Maria A. Nay)
Darren Patnode ... greensperson
Ronald Perkins ... construction foreperson (as Ronny Perkins)
William R. 'Rod' Prince ... carpenter
Alan R. Serotta ... carpenter
Don Stroud ... set dresser (as Bongo Don Stroud)
Stephanie Waldron ... greensman (as Stephanie Waldren)

Sound Department

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Louis Bertini ... foley editor
Elisha Birnbaum ... foley artist (as Elisha Bairnbaum)
David Brownlow ... sound mixer
Kristine Bulakowski ... assistant adr editor
Lee Dichter ... re-recording mixer
David Jobe ... adr recordist
Neil L. Kaufman ... dialogue editor (as Neil Kaufman)
Michael Kirchberger ... supervising sound editor
Dan Korintus ... dialogue editor
George A. Lara ... foley engineer
Jane McCulley ... supervising adr editor
Eytan Mirsky ... assistant sound editor
Michael W. Mitchell ... apprentice sound editor (as Michael Mitchell)
Bitty O'Sullivan-Smith ... dialogue editor
Jac Rubenstein ... assistant sound editor
Warren Shaw ... apprentice sound editor
Paul P. Soucek ... sound effects editor
Stuart Stanley ... adr editor
Dominick Tavella ... foley mixer (as Dom Tavella)
Brian Vancho ... foley artist
David Wahnon ... assistant sound editor
Deborah Wallach ... adr editor
Kevin J. Ward ... boom operator
Michael J. Wechsler ... apprentice sound editor
Stan Ginsel ... sound transferer (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Howard Jensen ... special effects coordinator
Scott Prescott ... special effects
Paul Stewart ... special effects

Stunts

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Janet Brady ... stunts (as Janet S. Brady)
Rusty McClennon ... stunt coordinator
Gary Price ... stunts (as Gary K. Price)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Lucas Bielan ... second assistant camera
Dwight Cary ... electrician (as Dwight 'Curly' Cary)
Scott Conn ... electrician
Jeff Cronenweth ... first assistant camera
Robert K. Feldmann ... first company grip
Paul D. Fischer ... second company grip
Douglas C. Hart ... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Chris Hayes ... camera operator: "b" camera
Peter Iovino ... still photographer
Kevin Jewison ... camera operator
Key Kolb ... grip (as Key Kolb III)
John Lacy ... electrician
Robert Lewallen ... grip (as Robert H. Lewallen III)
Victoria J. Lowe ... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Anastas N. Michos ... camera operator: "b" camera (as Anastas Michos)
Mike Moad ... dolly grip
Denise Nelson ... grip (as Denise B. Nelson)
Mary C. Nelson ... grip (as Mary Nelson)
Michael Palmer ... electrician
Chris Reddish ... electrician (as Christopher Reddish)
Patrick Reddish ... chief lighting technician
Charles Seligman ... grip
Penny Sprague ... second assistant camera: "b" camera (as Penny Sprague Dixon)
John Vecchio ... assistant chief lighting technician
Peter J. Verrando ... video playback operator

Casting Department

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Jo Edna Boldin ... casting: Texas
Hal Masonberg ... casting production assistant
Bronni Stein ... casting assistant

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Nina Cockburn ... tailor
Mitzie Corbin ... set costumer
Lucy W. Corrigan ... assistant costume designer
Kathy Kiatta ... costume supervisor (as Kathleen Kiata)

Location Management

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Gerard Averill ... location manager: re-shoot
Katie Cokinos ... assistant location manager
Charles Harrington ... location manager
George Whitley ... location scout

Music Department

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Chris Cozens ... music associate
Joseph S. DeBeasi ... composer: additional music / music editor
Chris Dibble ... music scoring mixer
Dave Hartley ... musician: piano solo (as David Hartley)
Graham Walker ... music production supervisor

Transportation Department

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Todd Adair ... driver
Ray Appel ... driver (as R.L. Appel)
Mike Brennan ... driver
Tracy Craytor ... driver
Fulton 'Greg' Gilson ... driver (as Fulton Gregory Gilson)
Eddie Hatch ... driver (as Eddie L. Hatch)
Bruce Holland ... driver (as A. Bruce Holland)
Terry Johnson ... driver
Sam Lockhart ... driver (as Sammy M. Lockhart)
Joseph Lockwood ... driver (as Joseph P. Lockwood) / transportation
Lonnie Nelson ... transportation captain
Wayne Nelson ... transportation coordinator
Jack Prince ... driver
Wayne Williams ... transportation captain

Other crew

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Sherry Baumgart ... production auditor
Adam Braid ... production assistant (as Adam C. Braid)
Bryan Christner ... production assistant (as Bryan K. Christner)
Steve Cook ... group voices
Merrilee Dale ... assistant auditor (as Merrilee Anne Dale)
Brady Dial ... production assistant
Dianne Dreyer ... script supervisor
Drew Ebersole ... group voices
Peter Fernandez ... group voices
Wayne Forman ... caterer
Sharon Goodin ... production assistant
Mary Griffin ... group voices
David Higby ... production assistant
Deborah Lee Johnson ... group voices
Kelly Kernan ... production assistant
Adrienne King ... group voices
Kathryn Korniloff ... production secretary
David H. Kramer ... group voices
Shelly Latham ... group voices
Cindy Lindauer ... set teacher
Mary Annette Melton ... production assistant
Alex F. Newsome ... production assistant
Brian O'Kelley ... production assistant (as Brian L. O'Kelley)
Jason Pace ... group voices
Paulette Rubinstein ... group voices
Diane Weidenkopf ... production assistant
Patrick Welsh ... group voices
Kelley Wood ... production coordinator
Beverly Jusi ... post-production accountant (uncredited)
Kathy Lamkin ... stand-in: "Mama" (uncredited)

Thanks

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Carolyn Quinn ... special thanks

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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 feelings, new thoughts and new hope for the put upon Gibert, something new is eating Gilbert Grape. Written by Cinema_Fan

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Taglines Arnie knows a secret. His big brother Gilbert is the greatest person on the planet. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Gilbert Grape (France)
  • Gilbert Grape - Irgendwo in Iowa (Germany)
  • ¿A quién ama Gilbert Grape? (Spain)
  • Buon compleanno Mr. Grape (Italy)
  • Gilbert Grape: Aprendiz de Sonhador (Brazil)
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  • 118 min
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Budget $11,000,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia Leonardo DiCaprio said that playing Arnie Grape was "the most fun I've ever had." See more »
Goofs Gilbert's hair changes length from short to long & back again several times during the movie. His hair color also changes from very red to almost brown & back again. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The Pelican Brief/Beethoven's 2nd/Philadelphia/What's Eating Gilbert Grape/Wrestling Ernest Hemmingway (1993). See more »
Soundtracks This Magic Moment See more »
Quotes Arnie: I'm having a birthday party, but you're not invited, but you can come if you want.
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