What's Eating Gilbert Grape

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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 ...

Director: Lasse Hallström
Writer: Peter Hedges (novel), Peter Hedges (screenplay)
Production: Paramount Pictures
Genre: drama
Year: 1993
MetaScore: 73/100
ImdbRating: 7.8
BoxOffice: N/A
Released: 04 Mar 1994
Awards: Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 8 wins & 6 nominations.


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Gilbert Grape - Johnny Depp
Arnie Grape - Leonardo DiCaprio
Betty Carver - Mary Steenburgen
Amy Grape - Laura Harrington
Ellen Grape - Mary Kate Schellhardt
Mr. Carver - Kevin Tighe
Tucker Van Dyke - John C. Reilly
Bobby McBurney - Crispin Glover
Becky's Grandma - Penelope Branning
Mr. Lamson - Tim Green
Mrs. Lamson - Susan Loughran
Minister (as Rev. Robert B. Hedges) - Robert B. Hedges
Todd Carver - Mark Jordan
Doug Carver - Cameron Finley
Sheriff Farrel - Brady Coleman
Deputy - Tim Simek
Waitress - Libby Villari
Police Secretary - Kay Bower
Burger Barn Manager - Joe Stevens
Bakery Worker - Mona Lee Fultz
Group (voice) - David H. Kramer
Burger Barn Employee - Brent Bratton
Townfolk - Kirk Hunter
Airstream Caravanner - R.C. Keene
Juvenile Heckler - Buck Reynolds
Townsperson - David Stanford
Spectator - Damian Tamburro