New York Times - 04/16/1993
"...Cheerfully conceived and presented with admirable restraint....There are times when [Depp] genuinely seems to become [Buster Keaton]..."
USA Today - 04/16/1993
"...[Quinn and Masterson] are persuasive..."
Variety - 03/29/1993
"...Startling performances....Both Depp and Masterson, whose screen chemistry sparkles, excel in embodying the spirits of magic..."
Entertainment Weekly - 04/23/1993
"...BENNY & JOON becomes genuinely touching -- a love story about separation anxiety....Quinn has the charisma of goodness..."
Chicago Sun-Times - 04/16/1993
"...Depp pulls it off....Here, without ever explaining himself, he simply behaves sometimes in the real world in the way Keaton and Chaplin behaved in their movie worlds..."
Small-town mechanic Benny (Aidan Quinn, LEGENDS OF THE FALL) is perhaps a tad overprotective of his mentally ill artist sister, Juniper "Joon" Pearl (Mary Stuart Masterson of FRIED GREEN TOMATOES), but that's only because he's completely devoted to her well-being. When Benny loses a poker game and is forced to take in a friend's eccentric houseguest--a droll, dyslexic oddball (Johnny Depp) who goes by the name of Sam and models himself after silent-film star Buster Keaton--Joon finds herself falling into a romance unbeknownst to her brother. Benny does eventually find out, though, and both siblings must come to terms with their changing relationship. BENNY & JOON, a must-see for Depp fans, is chockful of whimsy and affection. This charming romantic comedy co-stars Julianne Moore and William H. Macy in early film roles.
Joon, a mentally disturbed young woman, lives with her older (and over-protective) brother Benny. He puts up with the untenable situation because of his love for her and his dislike of institutions. Just when their relationship reaches a point where things have to change, the soft-spoken Sam enters their lives and slowly begins a romance with the fragile Joon. His love proves to be just the therapy she needs -- and it finally gives the reclusive Benny, who hasn't even been able to commit to a second date, the chance to start a romance of his own.
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Love Triangle |
Dan Kamin choreographed the "Physical Comedy Sequences."
Shot on location in Spokane, Washington, in Eastmancolor and Panavision; prints by Deluxe.
Screenwriter Barry Berman is a graduate of the "prestigious Clown College" and worked as a clown for the Ringling Bros. & Barnum and Bailey Circus for a year.
Rated BBFC 12 by the British Board of Film Classification.
The Director's Cut includes deleted footage, the theatrical trailer, audio commentary by Jeremiah Chechik, wardrobe and makeup tests, and more.