The synopsis below may give away important plot points. Synopsis In the small town of Endora, Gilbert Grape Johnny Depp is busy caring for his mentally challenged brother Arnie Leonardo DiCaprio as they wait for the many tourists' trailers to pass through town during their yearly camp ritual at a nearby recreational area. His mother, Bonnie Darlene Cates is morbidly obese after years of depression following her husband's suicide. With Bonnie unable to care for them by herself, Gilbert has taken responsibility for repairing their shanty of farmhouse and looking after Arnie, who has a habit of climbing up the town water tower like Spider-Man if he is left unsupervised for too long, while his older sister Amy Laura Harrington and younger sister Ellen Mary Kate Schellhardt slave away in the kitchen.
His father hanged himself seven years earlier,  and since then his mother, Bonnie Darlene Cateshas spent most of her days on the couch watching TV and eating. With Bonnie unable to care for her children on her own due to her morbid obesityGilbert has taken responsibility for repairing the old house and looking after Arnie, who has a habit of climbing the town water tower, while his sisters Amy Laura Harrington and Ellen Mary Kate Schellhardt do the rest.
The relationship between the brothers is of both care and protection, as Gilbert continually enforces the "nobody touches Arnie" policy. A young woman named Becky Juliette Lewis and her grandmother are stuck in town when the International Harvester Travelall pulling their trailer breaks down.
In order to spend time with Becky to watch the sunset, Gilbert leaves Arnie alone in the bath. Becky becomes close to both Gilbert and Arnie. While they are distracted during one of their talks, Arnie returns to the water tower that he is always trying to climb.
Soon after, Arnie tries to run away yet again from his bath and in his frustration, Gilbert finally snaps, hitting Arnie several times.
Guilty and appalled at himself, Gilbert runs out and drives away in his truck without another word. After some soul searching aided by Becky, Gilbert returns home during the birthday party to make amends to his family for running out and to be forgiven by Arnie which, with only the slightest hesitation, he is.
He apologizes to his mother for his behavior and promises that he is not ashamed of her and that he will not let her be hurt any more. She admits to Gilbert her knowledge of what a burden she has become to the family, and he forgives her.
He introduces her to Becky—something he had been reluctant to do earlier. Arnie later tries to wake her but discovers that she has died.
The children, not willing to let their mother become the joke of the town by having her corpse lifted from the house by crane, empty their family home of possessions and set it on fire.What's Eating Gibert Grape is a beautifully shot movie of tenderness, caring and self-awareness that is set amongst the fictional working class one street town Endora.
Gilbert Grape (Depp) lives in Endora, a place where nothing much happens. The only times the police have something to do is when Gilbert's autistic brother, Arnie (DiCaprio), tries to climb up the town's watertower.4/5(24). In the small town of Endora, Iowa, Gilbert Grape (Johnny Depp) is busy caring for Arnie (Leonardo DiCaprio), his mentally challenged brother, as they wait for the many tourists' trailers to pass through town during an annual Airstreamer's Club gathering at a nearby recreational area.
Whats Eating Gilbert Grape Gilbert Grape is a small-town young man with a lot of responsibility. After his father's death, Gilbert has to care for his mentally disabled brother, Arnie, and his morbidly obese mother, which is suddenly challenged when love walks into .
What's Eating Gilbert Grape? is a movie based of a novel that depicts the major point of: family is largely important in self-discovery. Becky stays in Endora with her grandmother since their truck broke down as they were passing through. Jan 28, · Title: What's Eating Gilbert Grape () / Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site?
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