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Title:
What's eating Gilbert Grape
Author:
Hallström, Lasse.
Edition:
[DVD version].
Publication Information:
Hollywood, Calif. : Paramount, [2001]

©2001
Physical Description:
1 videodisc (117 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Summary:
Gilbert Grape is devoted to taking care of his family, which includes an obese mother and a mentally impaired brother. He feels the hopelessness of his life in a rural community when a young woman breezes into town and changes everything.
General Note:
Widescreen version enhanced for 16:9 TVs.

Originally released as a motion picture in 1993.

Based on the novel by Peter Hedges.

Special features include: interactive menus ; scene selection ; theatrical trailer.

For specific features see interactive menu.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
MPAA rating: PG-13.
Added Corporate Author:
ISBN:
9780792177944
UPC:
097363295549
Format :
DVD

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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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Library Journal Review

Johnny Depp stars in this poignant 1993 tale of a young man weighed down with the responsibility of a retarded brother (Leonardo DiCaprio) and a morbidly obese mother.-Bette-Lee Fox (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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