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What's Eating Gilbert Grape

Updated on October 16, 2014

Gilbert Grape has a tough life

Gilbert Grape is a young man who lives in Endora, a small place that is calm and nothing really happens. He is the oldest child in the family Grape. The Father is dead. Gilbert is the caretaker of his autistic brother Arnie. Taking care of Arnie is a demanding task, at least while you are working at the local grocery store.

The siblings Grape have a mother that never leaves the house. The mother's battle with shame and humiliation over her obesity is mixed with a loving atmosphere between the children and her. The care they give her is so warm so you feel really touched.

The book you will read more than once! - As ususal the book gives you more than the movie

I have the book in my book case and every 4 or 5 years, I take it out and read it again. This is actually a love story! The best love in the world. This is about being there for each other inspite of the difficult circumstances.

One summer day, the caravan of trailors come to the little town. A young girl, Becky, is in one of them. She is living with her older relative and this girl is unusually mature and wise. Gilbert gets a friend in her.

Peter Hedges
Peter Hedges

The writer is Peter Hedges

writer and movie director

Peter Hedges website

Besides writing What's Eating Gilbert Grape this talented author is director and co-writer in a new movie. The odd life of Timothy Green

Here is the link to the trailer of The Odd Life of Timothy Green

"Somedays you want him to live, don't"

says Gilbert about his brother

I have seen the movie so many times. - It gives a mix of warm feelings of love and hope

Acting: Johnny Depp, Leonardo DiCaprio, Juliette Lewis, Mary Steenburgen, Darlene Cates

Producer: Lasse Hallstrom

What I think is that the best scenes in the film are those between Depp and DiCaprio. They both play their caracters so believable and true. Sometimes my eyes get full of tears and other times I just smile from ear to ear.

Di Caprio was nominated for an Oscar for his role. Five years before Titanic came.

What's Eating Gilbert Grape
What's Eating Gilbert Grape

The characters of Gilbert Grape: Interviews with Peter Hedges, Lasse Hallstrom, Johnny Depp, Leonardo DiCaprio, Juliette Lewis, Darlene Cates and Mary Steenburgen


Clips and scenes from What´s eating Gilbert Grape

johnny Depp makes Gilbert Grape alive

We know who he is and have seen many of his movies

Homepage of Johnny Depp

Pirates of the Carabean 5 is coming soon.

Here is a list from wikipedia with Johnny Depps movies

When Becky meets Gilberts mother

Mum says: I have not always looked like this

Becky answers: I have not always looked like this either.

How about you?

Have you read the book or seen the movie?

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Lasse Hallström - the movie maker - He comes from Sweden

Lasse Hallstrom has made so many movies we really remember and Gilbert Grape is one of them.

May be you recognize more of his movies?


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    • texan203 lm profile image

      texan203 lm 

      6 years ago

      Very interesting book review.

    • BestRatedStuff profile image


      6 years ago

      another one for the list, have neither read not seen the movie. Great review.

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      6 years ago

      I am usually the one complaining about people who watch movies but haven't read the book. Now that applies to me. My friend turned me on to the movie and I love it. I never even realized there was a book behind it. My reading list is getting longer.

    • LouisaDembul profile image


      6 years ago

      I really love the film about Gilbert Grape, have not read the book- yet!


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