What’s Eating Gilbert Grape 1993

What’s Eating Gilbert Grape is a movie about Gilbert who has to care for his brother Arnie and his obese mother, which gets in the way when love walks into his life.

What’s Eating Gilbert Grape Statistics:

Director: Lasse Hallström
Writer: Peter Hedges
IMDB Rated7.7
Release Date: 4 March 1994 (USA)
Budget:  $11,000,000
Gross: $9,170,214
Runtime:  118 min

What’s Eating Gilbert Grape Story

What’s Eating Gibert Grape is a {beautifully | wonderfully} shot movie of {tenderness | sensitivity}, caring and self-awareness that is set amongst the fictional working class one street town Endora. Centred around the Grape family Ellen and Amy and their two brothers Arnie and Gilbert, who, along with their morbidly obese widowed mother Bonnie Grape are striving to survive and coexist with the absence of a father figure, low wage work and seventeen-year-old Arnie’s severe mental condition.

It is in this awkward and extremely one sided affair that the unfortunate Gilbert has to constantly, while working for the town’s slowly dying Convenience Store, take care of his younger brother Arnie. Gilbert’s life, his future, is thwarted he knows this, but it is in this Guardian Angel that his love and bond for Arnie cannot, and will not, be let go. That is until the free spirit of Becky arrives in town, and with her grandmother are stranded for the week while waiting for parts for their vehicle. This realization unties new feelings, new thoughts and new hope for the put upon Gibert, something new is eating Gilbert Grape.

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What’s Eating Gilbert Grape Actors:

Johnny Depp, Leonardo DiCaprio, Juliette Lewis, Mary Steenburgen, Darlene Cates, Crispin Glover, Tim Green.

Other facts about this movie:

  • Darlene Cates was chosen for the part of Bonnie Grape after a casting director contacted the Sally Jessy Raphael show and was sent a tape of her appearance as a guest a few months earlier.
  • The picture of Mrs. Grape as a young woman is a real life picture of Darlene Cates as a young woman.
  • Johnny Depp felt bad about having to ridicule Darlene Cates’s character “Momma” and would often apologize to her after shooting. Depp once said to Cates, “Man, I want you to know how much I hated having to say those things about you, or about your character.”
  • As well as being her film debut, this was Darlene Cates only film role.