A mentally ill young woman finds her love in an eccentric man who models himself after Buster Keaton.
Release Year: 1993
Rating: 7.0/10 (26,142 voted)
Jeremiah S. Chechik
Stars: Johnny Depp, Mary Stuart Masterson, Aidan Quinn
In a small town, an auto mechanic named Benny is devoted to taking care of his mentally ill sister, Joon, who can barely function alone in the real world despite being a talented artist. This relatively stable situation is shaken up when Benny is obliged in a poker game to welcome another player's relative, Sam, to his home for a few days. When Sam arrives, he quickly makes an impression with his quietly eccentric ways which emulate the antics of the great silent movie comedian, Buster Keaton. Without Benny's full knowledge, Sam and Joon find themselves drawn to each other to the fullest degree. However when Benny finds out, it creates a rift in the siblings as they struggle to accept their relationship is profoundly changing with the presence of this odd newcomer.
Writers: Barry Berman, Lesley McNeil
Mary Stuart Masterson
Juniper 'Joon' Pearl
Benjamin 'Benny' Pearl
(as C.C.H. Pounder)
William H. Macy
A romance on the brink of reality.
Release Date: 16 April 1993
Filming Locations: Pend Oreille River, Washington, USA
Did You Know?
Sam tasting the paint was totally improvised by Johnny Depp.
Joon lights a tissue and Benny stamps it out wearing sneakers. Moments later he's wearing Oxfords when he flushes the dead goldfish.
You don't like raisins?
They used to be fat and juicy and now they're twisted. They had their lives stolen. Well, they taste sweet, but really they're just humiliated grapes. I can't say I am a big supporter of the raisin council.
Did you see those, those raisins on TV? The ones that sing and dance and stuff?
They scare me.
Yeah me too
It's sick. The commercial people they make them sing and dance so people will eat them.
It's a shame about raisins.
from someone who's mentally ill…
I really identify with this movie, and with Joon. I myself am mentally ill
(in fact, disabled by it). I don't think it matters that her mental
illness is unspecified… so many mental illnesses overlap in real life, and
often DO go unspecified even if the person is counselling.
I am mentally ill and (as birds of a feather flock together) know many
people who are also mentally ill. As for it being representation of what
it's really like to be or live with a mentally ill person, you can't really
lump such an experience together. Mentally ill people vary just as much as
"normal" people do.
Some of the details in this movie are great. They depicted Joon as a
rounded character, a creative, sensitive, intelligent person. This is often
the case with mentally ill people. I love the eccentricities of the
characters. I think the details, writing, and everything about this movie
are just wonderful. I've seen it many times.
Most people who I know who have seen this movie adore it. I think it's