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Happy Thirtieth Anniversary, “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape!”

Thirty years ago today, Lasse Hallstrom’s What’s Eating Gilbert Grape was released. 1993 American coming-of-age drama film directed by Lasse Hallström, and starring Johnny Depp, Leonardo DiCaprio, Juliette Lewis and Darlene Cates. It follows 25-year-old Gilbert (Depp), a grocery store clerk caring for his morbidly obese mother (Cates) and his intellectually disabled younger brother Arnie (DiCaprio) in a fictional town in Iowa named Endora. Peter Hedges wrote the screenplay, based on his 1991 novel of the same name. Filming took place from November 1992 to January 1993 in various parts of Texas.

With its arch, indie sensibility, the film offered many riches for posterity, including one of Depp’s most humane, sensitive performances, and breakout roles for DiCaprio, nominated for his first scar here, and Cates – who should have been nominated as well.

This is a really wonderful film that should not be forgotten. Go see it!