What's Eating Gilbert GrapeDirector: Lasse Hallström, Johnny Depp, Juliette Lewis, Mary Steenburgen
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Swedish director Lasse Hallstrom's follow-up to the underrated Once Around earned far more attention than its predecessor thanks to the judicious casting of perennial thinking woman's heartthrob Johnny Depp and a certain up-and-coming thespian by the name of Leonardo DiCaprio. A prisoner of his dysfunctional family's broken dreams in tiny Endora, IA, Gilbert (Depp) serves as breadwinner and caretaker for his mother and siblings following his father's suicide and his older brother's defection. Momma (Darlene Cates) is a morbidly obese shut-in who hasn't left the house in seven years; her children include retarded Arnie (DiCaprio), who's about to turn 18 despite a host of negative medical forecasts, and terminally embarrassed Ellen (Mary Kate Schellhardt), who's emerging from an awkward adolescence. When he's not taking care of the difficult but tender Arnie, Gilbert spends his time fixing up the family's tattered farmhouse, working at a failing mom-and-pop grocery store and hanging with local misfits Bobby (Crispin Glover), an overly ambitious junior undertaker, and Tucker (John C. Reilly), a handyman who hankers after a job at the new burger franchise. Into this complicated but essentially unchanging social universe steps Becky (Juliette Lewis), a thoughtful young woman who's been escorting her nomadic grandmother from state to state in a mobile-home caravan. As Becky teaches Gilbert to finally consider his own happiness for a change, she disrupts both his family obligations and his long-running affair with a lonely housewife (Mary Steenburgen). Adapted by Peter Hedges from his own novel of the same name, What's Eating Gilbert Grape was the first and only film role for non-actress Cates, whom the filmmakers discovered on an episode of the Sally Jesse Raphael Show titled "Too Heavy to Leave Their House."
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Cast & Crew
|Johnny Depp||Gilbert Grape|
|Mary Steenburgen||Betty Carver|
|Leonardo DiCaprio||Arnie Grape|
|Laura Harrington||Amy Grape|
|Mary Kate Schellhardt||Ellen Grape|
|Kevin Tighe||Mr. Carver|
|John C. Reilly||Tucker Van Dyke|
|Crispin Glover||Bobby McBurney|
|Penelope Branning||Becky's Grandma|
|Tim Green||Mr. Lamson|
|Susan Loughran||Mrs. Lamson|
|Cameron Finley||Doug Carver|
|Joe Stevens||Burger Barn manager|
|Mona Lee Fultz||Bakery Worker|
|Brady Coleman||Sheriff Farrel|
|Lasse Hallström||Director,Executive Producer|
|Alan C. Blomquist||Executive Producer|
|Jo Edna Boldin||Casting|
|David Brownlow||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Bernt Amadeus Capra||Production Designer|
|Chris Hayes||Camera Operator|
|David B. Householter||Asst. Director|
|Björn Isfält||Score Composer|
|Kevin Jewison||Camera Operator|
|Renee Ehrlich Kalfus||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Anastas Michos||Camera Operator|
|John Myhre||Art Director|
|Alan Parker||Score Composer|
|Scott Prescott||Special Effects|
|Gretchen Rau||Set Decoration/Design|
|Paul Stewart||Special Effects|
1. Opening Credits/The Yearly Ritual
2. Meet the Grape Family
3. Arnie Climbs the Tower
4. Delivery for Becky
5. The Family Plans Arnie's 18th Birthday Party
6. "Nobody Hurts Arnie"
7. A Sunset Date With Becky
8. Arnie Gets Arrested
9. The Burger Barn Grand Opening
10. The Birthday Cake Compromise
11. Gilbert/Opens Up
12. Arnie's Birthday
13. Good-bye Becky
14. Mama Climbs the Stairs
15. Cleansing Fire
16. Becky's Comin'
17. End Credits
Audio Options: English 5.1 Surround
Audio Options: English 2.0 Surround
Audio Options: Commentary by Director Lasse Hallström and Writer Peter Hedges
Subtitle Options: English
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Commentary by Director Lasse Hallström and Writer Peter Hedges
The Characters of Gilbert Grape
The Voice of Gilbert Grape
Why We Love Gilbert Grape
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this movie is so good, it makes me want to read the book ASAP. Johnny does a great job as Gilbert ! and the rest of the cast is awesome as well.
This movie made me understand more about the troubles and joys of having a handicapped brother or obease mother, it also points out how frustrating everyday family life is.
Beyond the fact that every American family is dysfunctional in its own way, how many times will we admit the fact. A brilliant eye opener to the society of today that we all are alike in some sort of sense. Times of laughter and depression due to the simple fact that you are actually watching your home videos when you are watching this masterpiece. Thank you for opening eyes along the way Gilbert and Arnie.
Johnny Depp is a awesome actor (super hot I must add). What's Eating Gilbert Grape is a movie that will make you laugh and make you cry. It is the most moving movie I have ever seen! If you haven't seen it yet SEE IT!!!!
This movie was deep and lovable, this is one of my personal favorites!!!!!
i like johnny depp and leo dicaprio. this is the best movie i've seen of johnny and leonardo. it's very inspiring, heart-warming, funny, and also sad. i totally recommend this movie for anyone, young or old. for this movie, you will need tissues.
This movie is so heartwarming. It is has Johnny Depp and Leonardo DiCaprio so you know that it will be great! This is the perfect chick flick that will even make your boyfriend cry! Everyone should watch this film!
this film was the biggest waste of my time i feel sorry for those who actually enjoyed this film. it went on forever and i just about had to resort to shooting the dvd with my sawn off shotgun just to make it stop.
Whats eating Gilbert Grape was one of the best movies I have ever seen Mr. Johnny Depp act in. I think that we have all seen this type of disfuctioanl family or even have this type of family. He is an amazing actor and with this movie touched many people. I reccomend this movie to just about everyone, it is a touching film and an amazing adventure. Dont miss out on this movie.
this was an amazing film, the last thing expected was for gilbert to strike out at arnie but it is the start of the good things to come! once again depp has put on an astounding performance and the two boys (depp and DiCaprio) work together in perfect harmony!
"What's eating Gilbert Grape" is one of my absolute favorite movies. It's honest and very entertaining. I couldn't disagree more with the other reviewer "Cledis the homo", it was NOT a waste of time.Maybe Cledis should stop feeling sorry for people who like it and pay attention to his spelling. P.S. Forest Gump (note the "G") sucks!!!
Touching and real.
best movie ever i loved it. it made me cry laugh and mad it reminded me of peeps i know
Yo if you havnt seen this movie yet you better. It had all a good movie needs. A retarted kid, a fat chick, and a cool guy thats trying to make a living. Wow what a combo. You can almost feel what the movie is about. This movie really inspired me.
I really enjoyed this movie-not your typical movie, but it is excellent.
This movie is sad, a little bit romantic, but very depressing. Johnny Depp did wonderfl as Gilbert and Leonardo DiCaprio did good as Arnie.It is really touching. If you are sad, I wouldn't reccomend watching it. It's a tear-jerker! Simply Depptastic!!!!
This movie had such a great story line behind it. It was funny & sad. The acting was great with every character. Makes you think more about your life. Would recommend everyone to see this movie. It was a great movie overall!
Words I can use to describe about What's Eating Gilbert Grape won't be good enough. Johnny Depp, Juliette Lewis, John C. Reilly, Darlene Cates, the incredible Leonardo DiCaprio, and the rest of the cast took this film into something so magnificent that it is so hard to think What's Eating Gilbert Grape is less than a perfect film. Much of the credit is deserved by Lasse Hallstrom. So amazing as it sounds, there is only one Academy Award nomination for this film: which goes to Leonardo DiCaprio who richly deserved it. I don't know what the Academy Award committee is looking for in a film, but they missed this one by a mile. Most deserved nominations are for Johnny Depp, Juliette Lewis, Darlene Cates, John C. Reilly, Lasse Hallstrom, and best picture. I know Schindler's List is far superior to this film, but What's Eating Gilbert Grape is a very remarkably heartwarming spectacular film.