Benny and Joon

Benny and Joon

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Director: Jeremiah S. Chechik

Cast: Jeremiah S. Chechik, Johnny Depp, Mary Stuart Masterson, Aidan Quinn

     
 

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Jeremiah Chechik's quirky romantic comedy Benny & Joon comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. English and French soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Surround, while a Spanish soundtrack has been recorded in Dolby Digital Mono. Spanish and French subtitles are accessible, and the…  See more details below

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Jeremiah Chechik's quirky romantic comedy Benny & Joon comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. English and French soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Surround, while a Spanish soundtrack has been recorded in Dolby Digital Mono. Spanish and French subtitles are accessible, and the English soundtrack is closed-captioned. Supplemental materials include a commentary track recorded by those involved with the production, deleted scenes, a music video, and the original theatrical trailer. This is a solid disc from MGM/UA.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Michael Costello
Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin may be long gone but their spirit lives on in Jeremy Chechik's whimsical film. Benny (Aidan Quinn) is a garage owner who is responsible for the care of his mentally ill sister, Joon (Mary Stuart Masterson). After a poker loss forces him to take in the eccentric Sam (Johnny Depp) as a boarder, Benny becomes concerned when Joon finds Sam attractive. Chechik's film has charm to spare but is a trifle evasive in its suggestion that a form of mental illness that sounds like schizophrenia can be cured by love. But reality must take a back seat in a film which almost amounts to a showcase for a virtuoso performance by Johnny Depp. An actor who has often played down his matinée idol looks to explore characters inhabiting the outermost regions of human experience and imagination, in this film he plays a character that has apparently absorbed the complete works of the great silent comedians, and replicates their style in his everyday behavior. Although this can sound repellently precious, Depp's ability to mimic Keaton and Chaplin, as well as inventing some of his own comic business, is astonishing. But as appealing as this character may be, one wonders, along with Benny, if he is the answer to the problems of the troubled Joon. Quinn, Masterson, and Julianne Moore, as a waitress Benny has his eye on, are all excellent.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/09/2001
UPC:
0027616857736
Original Release:
1993
Rating:
PG
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, stereo, monaural]
Time:
1:38:00
Sales rank:
1,392

Special Features

Audio Commentary ; Deleted Scenes ; Costume & Make-Up Tests ; Stunt Reel ; Music Video ; Original Theatrical Trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Johnny Depp Sam
Mary Stuart Masterson Juniper "Joon" Pearl
Aidan Quinn Benny Pearl
Julianne Moore Ruthie
Oliver Platt Eric
CCH Pounder Dr. Garvey
Dan Hedaya Thomas
Joe Grifasi Mike
William H. Macy Randy Burch
Eileen Ryan Mrs. Smail
Risa Bramon Garcia Actor
Dan Kamin Patron
Heidi Levitt Actor
Don Hamilton UPS Man
Irvin Johnson Orderly
Lynette Walden Female Customer
Tony Lincoln Local
Noon Orsatti Patron
Liane Alexandra Curtis Claudia

Technical Credits
Jeremiah S. Chechik Director
Susan Arnold Producer
William Badalato Executive Producer,Production Designer
Barry Berman Original Story,Screenwriter
Bruce Carter Asst. Director
K.C. Colwell Asst. Director
Carol Littleton Editor
Leslie McNeil Associate Producer,Original Story,Screenwriter
Barbara Munch Set Decoration/Design
Noon Orsatti Stunts
Rachel Portman Score Composer
Aggie Guerard Rodgers Costumes/Costume Designer
Donna Arkoff Roth Producer
John Schwartzman Cinematographer
Neil Spisak Production Designer
Pat Tagliaferro Art Director

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Scene Index

Scene Selections.
0. Scene Selections.
1. Title/ Benny's Cars. [2:51]
2. "The Sea Has Spoken." [1:42]
3. High-Stakes Game. [3:11]
4. Time For A Group Home. [4:11]
5. A New Cousin. [8:06]
6. Diner Theatre. [:57]
7. First Day With Sam. [5:00]
8. Shame About Raisins. [2:15]
9. Dinner And A Movie. [1:58]
10. Considering Itemhood. [5:43]
11. Accidental Showman. [6:03]
12. "Don't Tell Benny." [2:42]
13. Tapioca And Run. [:14]
14. No Visitors. [3:09]
15. Room 335: Closed Ward. [5:21]
16. An Easier Life/Credits. [1:00]

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Benny and Joon 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 47 reviews.
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This movie is hilarious...I would recommend it to all...(Especially if you love Johnny Depp)...The entire cast is brilliant though...
Guest More than 1 year ago
Brilliant! One of my absolute fovorite movies! The only complaint I have is that they did not show enough of Johnny Depp!
Guest More than 1 year ago
amazing storyline and plot. the cast is brilliant. great soundtrack, too
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this movie. It's funny with all its neurotic tendancies. The best part is peanut butter and Captain Crunch in a blender. B & J is a funny look at mental illness in love.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Johnny Depp's character, Sam, would be enough reason to see this movie, but the rest of the cast and the plot are good enought to make this one of my favorite movies. The routines done by Depp are hilarious and worth taking a look at.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the greatest movie ever made. Johnny Depp is unbelievable. He is the best actor of our time. Excellent performances also given by Aidan and Mary. This movie is gorgeous, innovative, and hilarious. I fell in love with Sam (Depp) immediately. He is incredible. I recommend this movie to anyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
after renting this movie one weekend i liked it so much that i watched it 4 times! johnny depp's character is so lovable and charming that its impossible not to like this movie and everyone should see it
Guest More than 1 year ago
i thing the movie is great, funny and all the actors are fantastic....Congratulation! *I am a big fan of johnny Depp, i love him soooo much*
Guest More than 1 year ago
i LOVED Benny and Joon! Johnny is the BEST in that movie! theres just not enough of him!:)
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great movie. Funny, serious, and just an entertaining film. For any Depp fan this is a must. He does such a good job being Sam. Amazing!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Johnny Depp is sooo amazing in this film! This film is filled with things that will make you laugh, it is sure to lift you spirits (if just the sight of Johnny Depp doesn't already do that. People of all ages are sure to love this film. Johnny Depp and the rest of the cast give amazing performances.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I must admit that I, like almost any other teenage girl, only rented this movie to see Johnny Depp...and let me tell you, I wasn't disappointed. But the movie turned out to be a truly great film in addition to the Depp-factor. If you like good music, a nice story, and loads of laughs, this is a movie for you. I would recommend it to anyone. (*Oh, and you'll really get a kick out of Depp's horror movie impersonations... Don't know what I'm talking about? Watch it, and you will!*) Check it out!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Benny & Joon should be among everyone's DVD collection. A charming tale of love overcoming adversity, physical and mental. Johnny Depp once again shows his amazing range of takent, quietly drifting from whimsical to adorable with the minimum of effort. All the actors do a great job, solid performances all round. Perfect for a cosy night in with a box of chocolates and a good bottle of wine. An absolute must-see!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this movie. I only watched it because Johnny Depp is gorgeous, but this movie is wonderful even if you hate him. He looks adorable, the physical comedy is amazing, the story is fun.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this movie, it just makes you feel so good. It makes you really think about love under any circumstance. Sam is brilliant, even though he cannot read. You will find yourself falling madly inlove with him just like Joon Pearl does.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i love jonny!! talk about a hottie with a body and a cutie with a bootie he is ssssoooooooo talented
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great deapth. You'll laugh, cry and wonder why. But you'll not wonder why you saw this movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this movie. One minute I was laughing and the next I was crying. You never knew what was going to happen next. And Johnny Depp, who is always amazing, shines in this movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is my personal favourite movie! I love the innocence of Sam and Joon's relationship. The entire movie is well acted. Definetly worth owning and watching many times in a row. (laughs, thinks about how many times I've seen it)
Guest More than 1 year ago
it is in fact my sixth favorite movie after the other johnny depp movies listed below. it was entertaining, a bit sad, but being one of the few pg johnny depp movies, it makes a great family film. it was my first mary stuart masterson movie, (i don't think i've seen others), but she had a great performance.
Guest More than 1 year ago
it's a romantic but fun movie in which Johnny Depp demostrates his talent and versatility as an actor. It's one of his best movies.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is the best movie its soo funny cute/sad. i love it. also, it was filmed in my hometown... spokane washington woohoo.