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.
Jeremiah Chechik - American Director
Aidan Quinn - American Actor, AVALON (1991)
Julianne Moore - Actress, THE HOURS, FAR FROM HEAVEN, BOOGIE NIGHTS
Oliver Platt - Actor, BEETHOVEN
Mary Stuart Masterson - American actor/director, SOME KIND OF WONDERFUL/BENNY & JOON
Dan Hedaya - American TV/Film Actor
Johnny Depp - American Actor - SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STR
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.
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.
"...Cheerfully conceived and presented with admirable restraint....There are times when [Depp] genuinely seems to become [Buster Keaton]..." - 04/16/1993 New York Times, p.C13
"...[Quinn and Masterson] are persuasive..." - 04/16/1993 USA Today, p.4D
"...Startling performances....Both Depp and Masterson, whose screen chemistry sparkles, excel in embodying the spirits of magic..." - 03/29/1993 Variety
"...BENNY & JOON becomes genuinely touching -- a love story about separation anxiety....Quinn has the charisma of goodness..." - 04/23/1993 Entertainment Weekly, p.36-7
"...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..." - 04/16/1993 Chicago Sun-Times, p.39