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What's Eating Gilbert Grape

  • Drama
  • 1993
  • Lasse Hallström
  • 112 mins
  • 12
    More info: UK: Suitable only for persons of 12 years and over

Summary

Small-town delivery boy Gilbert is forced to act as head of his unusual household which includes his obese mother and a younger brother with learning difficulties. However, the arrival of an attractive caravan traveller leads him to consider putting his own happiness first for a change. Drama, starring Johnny Depp, Leonardo DiCaprio, Juliette Lewis, Mary Steenburgen and John C Reilly.

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Review

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Johnny Depp has spent most of his working life trying to avoid the sort of Hollywood career his pretty boy looks would seem to demand, and this gentle oddity is a case in point. Depp takes the title role, playing the sensitive but level-headed teenager who has his hands full coping with an enormously obese mother (Darlene Cates), who won't leave the house, and a mentally disabled younger brother (Leonardo DiCaprio). Juliette Lewis, Crispin Glover and Mary Steenburgen also appear in the cast, but it's DiCaprio who steals the show in one of his earliest roles. Director Lasse Hallström lets sentiment creep in, but still demonstrates a sharp outsider's eye for the quirkiness of Americana.

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Details

Language
English
Guidance
Contains swearing and sex scenes.
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour

Credits

Cast

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Gilbert GrapeJohnny Depp
BeckyJuliette Lewis
Betty CarverMary Steenburgen
Arnie GrapeLeonardo DiCaprio
Tucker Van DykeJohn C Reilly
Bonnie GrapeDarlene Cates
Amy GrapeLaura Harrington
Ellen GrapeMary Kate Schellhardt
Bobby McBurneyCrispin Glover
Mr CarverKevin Tighe

Crew

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DirectorLasse Hallström
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