Benny & Joon
BENNY & JOON (12)
D: Jeremiah Chechik
MGM (Susan Arnold & Donna Roth)
USA 🇺🇸 1993
W: Barry Berman
DP: John Schwartzmann
Ed: Carol Littleton
Mus: Rachel Portman
Johnny Depp (Sam), Mary Stuart Masterson (Joon), Aidan Quinn (Benny), Julianne Moore (Ruthie), Oliver Platt (Eric), CCH Pounder (Dr. Garvey), Dan Hedaya (Thomas), William H. Macy (Randy Burch)
A sweet romantic drama about an extroverted mime (Depp) who falls in love with an artist with a history of mental health issues, but her overprotective brother wants to keep the two of them apart.
Johnny Depp's career was still blossoming when he started in this and he's absolutely perfect as the young misfit and does some fantastic Buster Keaton & Charlie Chaplin impressions to amuse the lovably quirky Joon.
It's a nice film, but it doesn't really explore the mental illness theme or the potential family crisis in the subplot, but it's worth watching just for the performances of Depp and Mary Stuart Masterson
Did You Know:
Winona Ryder was set to play Joon, and at the time was dating Johnny Depp. Ryder dropped out of the project following her break-up with Depp.