What’s Eating Gilbert Grape

Character: Arnie Grape
Directed by: Lasse Hallström
Written by: Peter Hedges
Produced by: Alan C. Blomquist, Lasse Hallström
Other cast: Johnny Depp, Juliette Lewis, Mary Steenburgen, Darlene Cates, Laura Harrington, Mary Kate Schellhard
Release date: March 4, 1994
Genre: Drama
Running time: 1h 58min

Gilbert Grape lives in Endora, a place where nothing much happens. The only times the police got something to do is when Gilbert's retarded brother, Arnie tries to climb up on the watertower nearby. Taking care of Arnie is mostly Gilbert's task which can be pretty demanding, at least while you are working at the local grocery store. Then one day Becky and her grandmother passes through Endora getting trouble with the car. Gilbert falls in love with Becky, but gets problems when he tries to find time for his own private life.


Soundtrack Original Music

Composed by Alan Parker and Björn Isfält
Music Recorded and Mixed by Chris Dibble
at the Garage Recording Studios, Woldingham, Surrey, England

Solo Piano Performed by David Hartley

“This Magic Moment”
by Doc Pomus& Mort Shuman
Performed by The Manor High School Marching Band

Music from “Sorry, Wrong Number”
by Franz Waxman

Music from “Indiscretion of an American Wife”
by Alessandro Cicognini

Music from “Harmony Lane”
by Arthur Kay

“Foodland Muzak”
Written and Performed by Joseph S. DeBeasi

Written and Performed by Joseph S. DeBeasi


Continuity: The level of cereal in the undertaker’s bowl in the diner.

Revealing mistakes: When Gilbert finds Arnie in the bath and takes him out, you can see a towel around Arnie’s waist.

Continuity: When Gilbert and Becky hug goodbye before she leaves, the relative positions of their arms alternates between shots.

Crew or equipment visible: When the mother comes out of the jailhouse a bounce card (light reflector) is visible.

Continuity: After Arnie climbs down from the water tower the first time, the policemen give him a warning and Arnie does the thing with his finger against his nose. His hand then jumps from his face, down to his side and back again between shots.

Continuity: In the diner, after the undertaker discusses the reality of death, Gilbert picks up his coffee cup twice between shots without having enough time to put it down.

Continuity: After Gilbert sees the husband on the trampoline outside, he puts on his jacket and he pulls down his apron, but when he’s coming out of the house moments later, he pulls his apron out of his trousers.


Academy Awards, USA 1994
Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Leonardo DiCaprio

Chicago Film Critics Association Awards, 1994
CFCA Award Most Promising Actor: Leonardo DiCaprio

Golden Globes, USA 1994
Best Performance in a Supporting Role: Leonardo DiCaprio

Guild of German Art House Cinemas, 1995
Guild Film Award – Silver Foreign Film (Ausländischer Film) : Lasse Hallström

National Board of Review, USA, 1993
NBR Award Best Supporting Actor: Leonardo DiCaprio