What's Eating Gilbert Grape
Life is a terrible thing to sleep through.
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- Rated: PG-13
- Run Time: 1 hours, 57 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: September 12, 2017
- Originally Released: 1993
- Label: Paramount
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen
- Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo - English
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
- Subtitles - English
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Johnny Depp, Juliette Lewis & Leonardo DiCaprio|
|Performer:||John C. Reilly, Mary Steenburgen, Crispin Glover, Laura Harrington & Kevin Tighe|
|Directed by||Lasse Hallström|
|Edited by||Andrew Mondshein|
|Screenplay by||Peter Hedges|
|Composition by||Bjorn Isfalt & Alan Parker|
|Produced by||Meir Teper, David Matalon & Bertil Ohlsson|
|Director of Photography:||Sven Nykvist|
|Executive Production by||Lasse Hallström & Alan C. Blomquist|
Memorable Quotes and Dialog:
"Good night to you but not to me."
- Arnie Grape (Leonardo DiCaprio)
...WHAT'S EATING GILBERT GRAPE is a beautiful, luxurious film....A kaleidoscope of images and moments...
Sight and Sound
Rating: B- -- Despite Depp's tender melancholy, the performers who stay with you are those who dare to crack the surface of their characters' alienation. Full Review
DiCaprio steals the show...
Gilbert Grape has body and deep flavor, but it can be wonderfully dry too. Full Review
Though it takes dark twists and turns to an inevitable climax, What's Eating Gilbert Grape will leave you feeling full and satisfied with a renewed sense of the value in family. Full Review
...Astute performances....Depp manages to command center screen with a greatly affable, appealing characterization…. Crispin Glover is amusing...
Particularly impressive are the sweet, weirdly idyllic tone of Mr. Hallstrom's direction and Johnny Depp's tender, disarming performance as the long-suffering Gilbert Grape.
New York Times
Bizarre, whimsical, and touching scenes mark WHAT'S EATING GILBERT GRAPE. Johnny Depp is Gilbert, the eldest brother in a large family of a very large (morbidly obese, actually) mother (Darlene Cates) who hasn't left the house since her husband committed suicide years before. Leonardo DiCaprio, who received an Academy Award nomination for his role, is Arnie, Gilbert's retarded teenage brother who needs constant supervision (he's often found scaling the town water tower). Caring, passive Gilbert is burdened beyond reason, living a dead-end life in a dying small town, stocking shelves at a grocery store whose business being taken over by the new mall supermarket. Gilbert's best friends (Crispin Glover and John C. Reilly) see their futures in the form of undertaker and Burger Barn owner, and Gilbert's other social life is taken up with a random affair with a frustrated and reckless housewife (Mary Steenburgen). Everyone needs the constantly patient Gilbert, whose future seems equally grim until well-traveled, straightforward Becky (Juliette Lewis) and her nonconformist grandmother (Penelope Branning) come to town. Their camper is in need of repair, so Becky stays long enough to actually have an effect on Gilbert, making his new life spiral in wild ways. Based on the novel by Peter Hedges (who also wrote the screenplay), WHAT'S EATING GILBERT GRAPE is quirky, irresistible, and endearingly eccentric without being a freak show.
Lasse Hallstrom directs this beautifully photographed, critically acclaimed drama about small-town life and the contraints a young man's family's responsibilities put on his independence. Gilbert Grape (Johnny Depp), the de facto head of the Grape family following the suicide of his father, struggles to take care of his two sisters, his mentally handicapped brother (Leonardo DiCaprio), and his 500-pound mother, when a beautiful young free spirit (Juliette Lewis) awakens him to the fact that he is not living his own life. The screenplay is written by Peter Hedges who also wrote the novel of the same name.
- Theatrical release: December 25, 1993.
- The project was filmed in Texas for Iowa.
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