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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Johnny Depp was nominated for a Golden Globe for his astonishing performance in Benny & Joon, though the entire cast is equally impressive. Benny (Aidan Quinn) runs a small car repair shop. He must also take care of his mentally ill sister Juniper, better known as Joon (Mary Stuart Masterson). After losing a bet, Benny is forced to bring another eccentric intoSee more details below

Overview

Johnny Depp was nominated for a Golden Globe for his astonishing performance in Benny & Joon, though the entire cast is equally impressive. Benny (Aidan Quinn) runs a small car repair shop. He must also take care of his mentally ill sister Juniper, better known as Joon (Mary Stuart Masterson). After losing a bet, Benny is forced to bring another eccentric into his house: Sam (Johnny Depp), the cousin of a friend. Not inclined to conversation, Sam expresses himself by performing Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton routines (and brilliantly!) Not surprisingly, he immediately hits it off with Joon. As Sam and Joon fall deeper in love, Benny for the first time in life experiences the pangs of jealousy. As can be gathered by this synopsis, Benny and Joon may not strike responsive chord with everyone; those who like the film, however, are almost militant in their devotion.

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:
04/05/2011
UPC:
0883904233282
Original Release:
1993
Rating:
PG
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
A
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:38:00
Sales rank:
55,029

Special Features

Audio commentary by Jeremiah Chechik ; Deleted Scenes ; Costume, make-up test and stunt reel ; Music video ; 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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