• What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1994)

What's Eating Gilbert Grape

Release Date: March 15th, 1994

DVD Release Date: November 27th, 2001

PG-13 |1 hr 58 min

Plot Summary

Gilbert Grape (Johnny Depp) is a small-town young man with a lot of responsibility. Chief among his concerns are his mother (Darlene Cates), who is so overweight that she can't leave the house, and his mentally impaired younger brother, Arnie (Leonardo DiCaprio), who has a knack for finding trouble. Settled into a job at a grocery store and an ongoing affair with local woman Betty Carver (Mary Steenburgen), Gilbert finally has his life shaken up by the free-spirited Becky (Juliette Lewis).

Cast: Johnny Depp, Juliette Lewis, Mary Steenburgen, Leonardo DiCaprio, Darlene Cates, Laura Harrington, Mary Kate Schellhardt, Kevin Tighe

Director: Lasse Hallström

Genres: Comedy drama

Production Co: Paramount Pictures, J&M Entertainment

Distributors: Paramount Pictures

Keywords: Love interest, Small town, Emotional, Brother, 1990s, Sister, Transformation, Mother, Moving

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    Some of the best movies are like this: They show everyday life, carefully observed, and as we grow to know the people in the film, maybe we find out something about ourselves. The fact that Hallstrom is able to combine these qualities with comedy, romance and even melodrama make the movie very rare. show more

  • 100
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    This is a strange, sweet movie, one that takes awhile to unfold but eventually becomes irresistible. [4 Mar 1994, p.3F]

  • 100
    Gene SiskelChicago Tribune

    One of the most original, appealing offbeat American films in recent years. show more

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Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Nominated Actor in a Supporting Role