What's Eating Gilbert Grape

What's Eating Gilbert Grape

Lasse Hallstrom (1993)

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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.


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.

Cast & Crew

Gilbert Grape Johnny Depp
Arnie Grape Leonardo DiCaprio
Becky Juliette Lewis
Betty Carver Mary Steenburgen
Bonnie Grape Darlene Cates
Amy Grape Laura Harrington
Tucker Van Dyke John C Reilly
Bobby McBurney Crispin Glover
Ken Carver Kevin Tighe
Ellen Grape Mary Kate Schellhardt
Director Lasse Hallstrom
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Contains swearing and sex scenes. Available on: video and DVD