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Benny & Joon Details

FULL SYNOPSIS

Johnny Depp was nominated for a Golden Globe for his astonishing performance in Benny & Joon, though the entire cast is equally impressive. Benny (Aidan Quinn) runs a small car repair shop. He must also take care of his mentally ill sister Juniper, better known as Joon (Mary Stuart Masterson). After losing a bet, Benny is forced to bring another eccentric into his house: Sam (Johnny Depp), the cousin of a friend. Not inclined to conversation, Sam expresses himself by performing Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton routines (and brilliantly!) Not surprisingly, he immediately hits it off with Joon. As Sam and Joon fall deeper in love, Benny for the first time in life experiences the pangs of jealousy. As can be gathered by this synopsis, Benny and Joon may not strike responsive chord with everyone; those who like the film, however, are almost militant in their devotion. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:April 16, 1993

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Johnny Depp Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy 1993 Nominee

Cast

Johnny Depp
as Sam
Mary Stuart Masterson
as Juniper "Joon" Pearl
Aidan Quinn
as Benny Pearl
Julianne Moore
as Ruthie
Oliver Platt
as Eric
CCH Pounder
as Dr. Garvey
Dan Hedaya
as Thomas
Joe Grifasi
as Mike
William H. Macy
as Randy Burch
Eileen Ryan
as Mrs. Smail
Irvin Johnson
as Orderly
Don Hamilton
as UPS Man
Heidi Levitt
Risa Bramon Garcia
Lynette Walden
as Female Customer
Noon Orsatti
as Patron
Liane Alexandra Curtis
as Claudia
Tony Lincoln
as Local
Dan Kamin
as Patron

Crew

Jeremiah S. Chechik
Director
Donna Arkoff Roth
Producer
Susan Arnold
Producer
Leslie McNeil
Screenwriter
Leslie McNeil
Screen Story
John Schwartzman
Cinematographer
Rachel Portman
Composer (Music Score)
Carol Littleton
Editor
William Badalato
Production Designer
Neil Spisak
Production Designer
Pat Tagliaferro
Art Director
Leslie McNeil
Associate Producer
William Badalato
Executive Producer
Barbara Munch
Set Designer
Aggie Guerard Rodgers
Costume Designer
K.C. Colwell
First Assistant Director
Noon Orsatti
Stunts
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