What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)

  • Drama
  • 1h 58m
  • 1993

Gilbert Grape (Johnny Depp) is a young man trapped in an eccentric family in a small town. He works hard to care for a developmentally disabled teenage brother, Arnie (played brilliantly by Leonardo DiCaprio), an incredibly overweight mother, and to maintain a house falling down around their ears. He is also battling to sustain a relationship with an older married woman. Can the nice new girl in town (Juliette Lewis) rescue Gilbert, now at his wits end with Arnie’s stubborn antics? Through it all, the centre of Gilbert’s life remains his selfless, fatherly bond with his younger brother. Brilliantly directed by Lasse Hallstrom (Chocolat, My Life as a Dog), this quirky, whimsical and touching drama stars heartthrobs Johnny Depp and Leonardo DiCaprio in one of their best-loved roles, with DiCaprio receiving a best actor Oscar nomination (five years before Titanic) for a film that made him a star.

Director

Lasse Hallström

Language(s)

English