What’s Eating Gilbert Grape

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

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Film Cast:

  • Gilbert Grape: Johnny Depp
  • Arnie Grape: Leonardo DiCaprio
  • Becky: Juliette Lewis
  • Betty Carver: Mary Steenburgen
  • Bonnie Grape: Darlene Cates
  • Amy Grape: Laura Harrington
  • Ellen Grape: Mary Kate Schellhardt
  • Ken Carver: Kevin Tighe
  • Tucker Van Dyke: John C. Reilly
  • Bobby McBurney: Crispin Glover
  • Becky’s Grandma: Penelope Branning
  • Mr. Lamson: Tim Green
  • Mrs. Lamson: Susan Loughran
  • Minister: Robert B. Hedges
  • Todd Carver: Mark Jordan
  • Doug Carver: Cameron Finley
  • Sheriff Jerry Farrel: Brady Coleman
  • Deputy: Tim Simek
  • Boy #1: Nicholas Stojanovich
  • Waitress: Libby Villari
  • Police Secretary: Kay Bower
  • Burger Barn Manager: Joe Stevens
  • Bakery Worker: Mona Lee Fultz
  • Dave: George Haynes
  • Boy #2: Daniel Gullahorn
  • Group (voice): David H. Kramer
  • Burger Barn Employee (uncredited): Brent Bratton
  • Townfolk (uncredited): Kirk Hunter
  • Juvenile Heckler (uncredited): Buck Reynolds
  • Townsperson (uncredited): David Stanford

Film Crew:

  • Executive Producer: Alan C. Blomquist
  • Novel: Peter Hedges
  • Original Music Composer: Björn Isfält
  • Producer: Bertil Ohlsson
  • Set Decoration: Gretchen Rau
  • Executive Producer: Lasse Hallström
  • Editor: Andrew Mondshein
  • Costume Design: Renee Ehrlich Kalfus
  • Makeup Artist: Patty York
  • First Assistant Camera: Jeff Cronenweth
  • Casting: Gail Levin
  • Director of Photography: Sven Nykvist
  • Art Direction: John Myhre
  • Special Effects Coordinator: Howard Jensen
  • Producer: Meir Teper
  • Producer: David Matalon
  • Production Design: Bernt Amadeus Capra
  • First Assistant Director: David B. Householter
  • Sound Mixer: David Brownlow
  • Unit Production Manager: Richard J. Gelfand
  • Costume Supervisor: Kathy Kiatta
  • Script Supervisor: Dianne Dreyer
  • Music Editor: Joseph S. DeBeasi
  • Still Photographer: Peter Iovino
  • Stunt Coordinator: Rusty McClennon
  • Stunts: Gary Price
  • Assistant Editor: Jennifer Davidoff Cook
  • Assistant Art Director: Geoffrey S. Grimsman
  • Transportation Coordinator: Wayne Nelson
  • Location Manager: Charles Harrington
  • Property Master: Robert Beck
  • Camera Operator: Kevin Jewison
  • Assistant Costume Designer: Lucy W. Corrigan
  • Electrician: Scott Conn
  • Lighting Technician: John Vecchio
  • Electrician: John Lacy
  • Prosthetic Makeup Artist: Rodd Matsui
  • Original Music Composer: Alan Parker
  • Unit Publicist: Mira Tweti
  • Stunts: Janet Brady
  • Second Assistant Director: Linda Brachman
  • Leadman: David Brace
  • Boom Operator: Kevin J. Ward
  • Chief Lighting Technician: Patrick Reddish
  • Electrician: Chris Reddish
  • Electrician: Dwight Cary
  • Electrician: Michael Palmer
  • Dolly Grip: Mike Moad

Movie Reviews:

  • Peter McGinn: I recently watched this movie again after many years, and was surprised how many details I had forgotten. It features a great ensemble cast who seem to mostly share a screen rapport. Leonardo DiCaprio previews his future star career with a stellar performance as the difficult Arnie.

    I thought the scene where husband Mr. Carver comes home from work and obsesses over the burnt cookies and the unused swimming pool was silly and a bad fit for the film, especially consider what came after the scene. Meanwhile the two sisters were great characters: they were emotional when the situation called for it, but gave an even and restrained performance. I would have like to have seen more of them.

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