What's Eating Gilbert Grape?

Genre:  Drama
Running Time:  118 min.
Release Date: March 4, 1994

Current rating: Rating: 3.40
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Cast: Johnny Depp, Leonardo DiCaprio, Juliette Lewis, Mary Steenburgen, Kevin Tighe, John C. Reilly, Crispin Glover


Gilbert Grape (Johnny Depp) lives in Endora, a place where nothing much happens. The only times the police got something to do is when Gilbert's autistic brother Arnie (Leonardo DiCaprio) tries to climb up on the watertower nearby.

Taking care of Arnie is mostly Gilbert's task, which can be pretty demanding, at least while you are working at the local grocery store. Then one day Becky (Juliette Lewis) and her grandmother pass through Endora getting trouble with the car. Gilbert falls in love with Becky, but runs into problems when he tries to find time for his own private life.

Based on the novel by Peter Hedges, who also wrote the screenplay.

Director: Lasse Hallström
Studio: Paramount Pictures
Producer(s): Bertil Ohlsson
Screenplay: Peter Hedges

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  • 5 stars "Wonderfully charming an original. With excellent performances by Johnny depp and Leo dicaprio sometimes I forget that it was leo dicaprio"
  • 5 stars "i loved it. superb acting. and there was a great storyline. it was just pure magic"