What's Eating Gilbert Grape [DVD] [1993]

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100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (7 out of 7)


What's Eating Gilbert Grape
Swedish director Lasse Hallstrom's follow-up to the underrated Once Around earned far more attention than its predecessor thanks to the judicious casting of perennial thinking woman's heartthrob Johnny Depp and a certain up-and-coming thespian by the name of Leonardo DiCaprio. A prisoner of his dysfunctional family's broken dreams in tiny Endora, IA, Gilbert (Depp) serves as breadwinner and caretaker for his mother and siblings following his father's suicide and his older brother's defection. Momma (Darlene Cates) is a morbidly obese shut-in who hasn't left the house in seven years; her children include retarded Arnie (DiCaprio), who's about to turn 18 despite a host of negative medical forecasts, and terminally embarrassed Ellen (Mary Kate Schellhardt), who's emerging from an awkward adolescence. When he's not taking care of the difficult but tender Arnie, Gilbert spends his time fixing up the family's tattered farmhouse, working at a failing mom-and-pop grocery store and hanging with local misfits Bobby (Crispin Glover), an overly ambitious junior undertaker, and Tucker (John C. Reilly), a handyman who hankers after a job at the new burger franchise. Into this complicated but essentially unchanging social universe steps Becky (Juliette Lewis), a thoughtful young woman who's been escorting her nomadic grandmother from state to state in a mobile-home caravan. As Becky teaches Gilbert to finally consider his own happiness for a change, she disrupts both his family obligations and his long-running affair with a lonely housewife (Mary Steenburgen). Adapted by Peter Hedges from his own novel of the same name, What's Eating Gilbert Grape was the first and only film role for non-actress Cates, whom the filmmakers discovered on an episode of the Sally Jesse Raphael Show titled "Too Heavy to Leave Their House." ~ Brian J. Dillard, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Johnny Depp
    Johnny Depp - Gilbert Grape
  • Juliette Lewis
    Juliette Lewis - Becky
  • Mary Steenburgen
    Mary Steenburgen - Betty Carver
  • Leonardo DiCaprio
    Leonardo DiCaprio - Arnie Grape
  • Darlene Cates
    Darlene Cates - Momma

Customer rating

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    "A movie that deserves to be seen at least twice!"


    This film is truly amazing. It is not like any other hollywood movie. It feels real, which is important to a film. The best thing about this film are the actors. I am a HUGE Leonardo DiCaprio fan and I think that this movie is one of his best performances! It is truly hard to watch sometimes because his portrayle of Gilbert's (Johnny Depp) mentally challenged younger brother Arnie is so real. I would recommend this film to any one as long as they have respect for people who are mentally channenged and people that are over weight "Momma". This movie is a true classic, one that deserves to be viewed at least twice! -A 16 year old girl!

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Probably the most original movie I've seen


    Up until last night, I had only caught glimpses here and there of this movie. However, I was in the movie store last night and being a huge Johnny Depp fan, I decided to rent this movie. I was taken by Leonardo's performance as Arnie (Depp's younger autistic brother). His acting was superb! Depp was awesome (as always) for his portrayal of Gilbert - you could really feel how "trapped" he felt in his life. I was also pleased with Juliette Lewis for her portrayal as Becky (Gilbert's love interest) in this movie. I liked it so much, I ordered it, can't wait for it to arrive and would definitely recommend this to a friend.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Simply Remarkable


    Although Johnny Depp plays the main character in this film and does a wonderful job at making your heart twist and turn for him, the person who really shines through is Leonardo Dicaprio, who is pitch perfect in this role. At times your forget that he is acting, because he does a marvelous job at portraying the mentaly challenged. Juliette Lewis has an untraditional type of beauty that made her perfect for this role, and who can forget Mama? The book is a bit more extravagent so the movie tones it down a bit, which is nice. You will fall in love this movie and all of the characters within it. Excellent film.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    What a Beautiful Film


    This film is 5-star entertainment all the way, with Dicaprio giving the best performance of his career. Such a sweet and heartwarming tale, this is one of my all-time favorites. Good bonus features, this purchase is worth every penny!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Depp and DiCaprio at their best!


    This film shows the depth of Depp and Dicaprio's acting ability. Even before they became blockbuster stars, Depp and Dicaprio were genuine people like you and I.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Early intro to DiCaprio

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    If you like Depp or DiCaprio, you'll love this. Leo should have ggotten an Oscar for this!

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Movie


    Depp and DiCaprio each play one of their best roles they evey play and they helped a great movie.

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