What's eating Gilbert Grape?

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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
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Cates, Darlene,
Cates, Darlene, 1947-2017.
Depp, Johnny,
Depp, Johnny.
DiCaprio, Leonardo,
DiCaprio, Leonardo.
Glover, Crispin,
Glover, Crispin.
Hallstrom, Lasse,
Hallström, Lasse,
Hallström, Lasse.
Harrington, Laura,
Hedges, Peter,
Hedges, Peter.
Isfält, Björn.
Kate Schellhardt, Mary,
Lewis, Juliette,
Lewis, Juliette.
Matalon, David,
Matalon, David.
Ohlsson, Bertil,
Ohlsson, Bertil.
Parker, Alan, 1944-
Reilly, John C., 1965-
Steenburgen, Mary,
Steenburgen, Mary.
Teper, Meir,
Teper, Meir.
Tighe, Kevin,
Tighe, Kevin, 1944-
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Cates, Darlene,1947-2017.
Cates, Darlene,actor.
Depp, Johnny,actor.
Depp, Johnny.
DiCaprio, Leonardo,actor.
DiCaprio, Leonardo.
Glover, Crispin,actor.
Glover, Crispin.
Hallstrom, Lasse,film director.
Hallström, Lasse,director.
Hallström, Lasse.
Harrington, Laura,actor.
Hedges, Peter,screenwriter.
Hedges, Peter.
Hedges, Peter.What's eating Gilbert Grape?
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Kanopy (Firm),
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Lewis, Juliette,actor.
Lewis, Juliette.
Matalon, David,producer.
Matalon, David.
Ohlsson, Bertil,producer.
Ohlsson, Bertil.
Paramount Pictures (Firm),
Paramount Pictures Corporation.
Parker, Alan,1944-
Reilly, John C.,1965-
Steenburgen, Mary,actor.
Steenburgen, Mary.
Teper, Meir,producer.
Teper, Meir.
Tighe, Kevin,1944-
Tighe, Kevin,actor.
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display_descriptionAside from a secret affair with a housewife (Mary Steenburgen), Gilbert Grape (Johnny Depp) spends his days stocking shelves at a grocery store, caring for his mentally handicapped brother (Leonardo DiCaprio), and holding together a large family headed by Mama, a former beauty queen whose weight tops 500 pounds. But just when Gilbert thinks nothing will ever change, a beautiful stranger (Juliette Lewis) arrives on the scene, capturing his heart. Nominated for Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Leonardo Dicaprio) at the **Academy Awards** and the **Golden Globes.** *"Particularly impressive are the sweet, weirdly idyllic tone of Mr. Hallstrom's direction and Johnny Depp's tender, disarming performance as the long-suffering Gilbert Grape." - Janet Maslin, **The New York Times***
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title_displayWhat's eating Gilbert Grape?
title_fullWhat's Eating Gilbert Grape
What's eating Gilbert Grape [videorecording] / Paramount Pictures presents
What's eating Gilbert Grape [videorecording] / Paramount Pictures presents a Matalon Teper Ohlsson production ; a Lasse Hallström film ; screenplay by Peter Hedges ; produced by Bertil Ohlsson, David Matalon, Meir Teper ; directed by Lasse Hallström
What's eating Gilbert Grape [videorecording] / Paramount Pictures presents a Matalon Teper Ohlsson production ; a Lasse Hallstṟm film ; screenplay by Peter Hedges ; produced by Bertil Ohlsson, David Matalon, Meir Teper ; directed by Lasse Hallstṟm
What's eating Gilbert Grape? [videorecording] / Paramount Pictures presents a Matalon Teper Ohlsson production, a Lasse Hallström film ; produced by Meir Teper, Bertil Ohlsson, David Matalon ; screenplay by Peter Hedges ; directed by Lasse Hallström
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