Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB
USA, 1993. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Roth-Arnold Productions. Story by Barry Berman, Lesley McNeil, Screenplay by Barry Berman. Cinematography by John Schwartzman. Produced by Susan Arnold, Donna Roth. Music by Rachel Portman. Production Design by Neil Spisak. Costume Design by Aggie Guerard Rodgers. Film Editing by Carol Littleton.
A mentally challenged woman (Mary Stuart Masterson) is an emotional burden on her kindly brother (Aidan Quinn) until a mysterious Buster Keaton-loving stranger (Johnny Depp) enters her life and perks things up.
The performances are excellent, especially a sympathetic Masterson, but this narrow view of the small-town world of handicapped Americans is flat and uninvolving. Also stars Julianne Moore and Oliver Platt.
Golden Globe Award Nomination: Best Actor-Musical/Comedy (Johnny Depp)