What’s eating Gilbert Grape

Transcript written by and used with the courtesey of Angela Sugden

Arnie
Two, three, five, nine, ten, eleven, twelve, thirteen, nineteen, seventeen.


Gilbert
Arnie.


Arnie
Fifteen, seventeen.


Gilbert
Arnie, eat some chicken.


Arnie
I don’t, I don’t want any chicken, Gilbert.


Gilbert
You want some corn?


Arnie
I w. . . I want some corn.


Gilbert
Have some corn. Here.


Arnie
Huh.


Gilbert
Good?


Arnie
Mm-mm. Not good corn. Gilbert?


Gilbert
Hmm.


Arnie
Are they gonna come soon? ‘Cos I gotta go back home, you know.


Gilbert
Pretty soon.


Arnie
I want them to come.


Gilbert
Wanna go home?


Arnie
No. I wanna see ’em.


Gilbert
Okay.


Arnie
They’re gonna come soon, huh? How many more miles till they come, Gilbert?


Gilbert
Three million, buddy.


Arnie
Three?


Gilbert
Yep.


Arnie
Okay. Gilbert! That’s them, uh? Gilbert, look, it’s them! Look! They’re coming here! Ahh! Come here! Look at ’em come.
They’re coming! Like a horse! Like a horse! Like a horse!


Gilbert (voice)
My brother Arnie’s about to turn eighteen.


Gilbert
Arnie!


Gilbert (voice)
My family’s planning a big party for him. Watching the campers is our yearly ritual. They’re doing the right thing just passing through.


Gilbert
God, Arnie. You’re getting so big. Pretty soon I ain’t going to be able to carry you no more.


Arnie
No. You know you’re getting little, Gilbert.


Gilbert
Yeah.


Arnie
You’re getting littler. You’re shrinking, Gilbert. You’re shrinking. Shrinking, shrinking, shrinking.


Gilbert (voice)
Endora. Endora’s where we are. Describing Endora is like dancing to no music. It’s a town where nothing much ever happens, and nothing much
ever will. Lamson Grocery is where I work. And miles out of town on the interstate there’s Foodland… where everyone else shops. This is where I
live with my family. My dad built the house. It’s my job to keep up the repairs. Doctors said we’d be lucky if Arnie lived to be ten. Well, ten
came and went. Now the doctors are saying, “Any time now. Arnie could go at any time.” Some days you want him to live.


Arnie
It’s a head.


Gilbert (voice)
Some days you don’t.


Gilbert
What is it, buddy?


Arnie
I killed him. I killed him, Gilbert.


Gilbert
I know.


Arnie
I killed him.


Gilbert
I know, buddy, I know.


Gilbert (voice)
My older sister, Amy, is more like a mother. She used to manage the elementary school cafeteria over in Motley. . . until it burned down last year.
My other sister, Ellen, just turned fifteen. She got her braces off and for days now she’s been walking around going, “Ooh, aah”, like she can’t
believe to feel her teeth. I got another brother, Larry, but he got away. And then there’s Momma, who in her day, was the prettiest girl in these
parts. Ever since our dad was hung out to dry seventeen years ago, Momma’s had her hands full. You see, with Momma there’s no nice way to break it
to you. She hasn’t left the house in over seven years. I’m Gilbert. Gilbert Grape.


Television
This is the stuff of the circus.


Momma
Sunshine? Where’s my sunshine?


Gilbert
I don’t know, Momma.


Amy
Just the essentials.


Gilbert
Okay.


Momma
Gilbert. . . get him down from there.


Gilbert
Arnie. . .


Momma
Hurry!


Gilbert
Let’s go. Amy, you seen Arnie?


Amy
No, I thought he was with you.


Gilbert
No, no. I wonder where he is.


Amy
Gee, I don’t know.


Gilbert
Ellen, you seen your brother?


Ellen
He’s in the tree.


Amy
Ellen, he is not in the tree! Gilbert already looked in the tree. Isn’t that right, Gilbert?


Gilbert
Yeah, that’s right. Oh! Arnie. Don’t do that, you scared me. Come here.


Arnie
I was up there, Gilbert.


Gilbert
Yeah, you were up in the tree.


Arnie
I was right up there.


Mr Lamson
Can I help you with anything?


Woman
Uh. . . no.


Arnie
Thank you and goodbye.


Mr Lamson
Gilbert?


Gilbert
Sir?


Mr Lamson
Something going on at Foodland?


Gilbert
Oh, I wouldn’t know, sir. I don’t shop there. I’d rather die.


Mrs Lamson
I’ll tell you. Foodland’s up to something, if you ask me.


Mr Lamson
It’s those lobsters, isn’t it? Scads of lobsters all in a tank. Am I right?


Gilbert
You know. You shouldn’t worry about it. It’s just a phase. People’ll come back here, believe me.


Mr Lamson
You think?


Gilbert
Oh, yeah. Oh, yeah.


Mr Lamson
The way you say that makes me think I’m talking to your father.


Arnie
Can I have these two, Gilbert?


Gilbert
No, just one.


Arnie
Can I have these two?


Mr Lamson
Sure, go ahead.


Gilbert
Say thank you.


Mr Lamson
Say hello to Momma for me.


Gilbert
I will. See you tomorrow.


Mrs Lamson
Gilbert. That was Mrs Carver needing a delivery. Could you?


Mrs Carver
Hello, Gilbert.


Gilbert
Hello.


Mrs Carver
Boys, go on outside.


Todd Carver
But we don’t wanna.


Doug Carver
Yeah, we don’t wanna.


Mrs Carver
Go play.


Arnie
Hey! Hey!


Gilbert
Arnie, get back in the truck. Keep counting, okay?


Arnie
Okay. One. . . five, ten, eleven, twelve, thirteen, fourteen, fifteen, sixteen, seventeen, eighteen, nineteen, twenty, twelve, thirteen. . .


Mr Carver
Hey, kids, let’s play! Come on! Todd! We got the trampoline! Come on boys! Come on!


Gilbert
The uh. . . The ice cream’s gonna melt. Soon.


Mrs Carver
You’re right. It is melting.


Gilbert
Oh, my God. Oh, my God. Oh, my God.


Mrs Carver
Oh, my. Oh, my.


Gilbert
Oh, my God.


Mr Carver
Come on up here, I wanna show you.


Todd Carver
I don’t wanna do it.


Mr Carver
You don’t wanna do it?


Doug Carver
I wanna pool.


Mr Carver
You wanna pool?


Doug Carver
Yeah.


Todd Carver
Yeah, we wanna pool.


Mr Carver
Come on up here. Up, up, up, up, up, up.


Mrs Carver
Gilbert was just making a delivery.


Mr Carver
Oh. Oh. Gilbert. Come here for a second. Here.


Gilbert
Oh, no, no, no, no, no, really, er…


Mr Carver
Oh, no. No, no, here. I insist. You deserve it.


Gilbert
Thank you.


Mr Carver
Thank you.


Mrs Carver
Bye, Gilbert.


Gilbert
Bye.


Mr Carver
Gilbert. Come by my office. We need to talk.


Gilbert
Okay. Arnie?


Deputy
Okay, son, it’s a little dangerous up there. Come on down.


Man
Arnie, get down!


Deputy
We’ve had enough fun for one day. Come on down.


Arnie
Hey! Hey! Hi! I wanna go up there!


Deputy
Son?


Arnie
Yeah?


Deputy
Come on down.


Arnie
No! I’m not coming down, I’m going up there!


Deputy
Son, come on down.


Arnie
I wanna go up there!


Gilbert
Arnie! Arnie, come on down, buddy.


Arnie
Up here. Hi!


Deputy
Okay, son. Come on down.


Arnie
I wanna go up here!


Deputy
Come on, son.


Arnie
I’m going higher than before. I’m going high!


Deputy
It’s getting dark soon. Come on down.


Bobby
Hi.


Tucker
Hey, Bob. Yeah, look, here we go again.


Mechanic
Basically, I don’t like to work on carburetors and I can tell without getting into it that that is a complicated unit.


Grandma
I, I understand. I, I can do it myself. But I need the part. Look, let me show you. See, it’s this little guy right here.
See the needle valve. . . it’s worn down, and I need a new one. Could we order it?


Mechanic
Yes, ma’am. Yes, ma’am, I can order it.


Grandma
About how long do you think that would take?


Mechanic
Probably a week.


Grandma
A week.


Deputy
Don’t make us come get you.


Arnie
You don’t have to come and get me. I’m going up here.


Gilbert
Arnie.


Arnie
Whoa. I’m not gonna fall! Whoa!


Tucker & Bobby
Whoa.


Arnie
Hey! My shoe done fell off. My shoe done fell off, Gilbert.


Gilbert (singing)
I know a boy whose name is Arnie, He’s, er, about to turn eighteen and have a big party, I know a boy whose name is Arnie.


Gilbert
Come on down, buddy. Come on.


Gilbert (chanting)
Match in the gas tank – boom, boom!


Arnie (chanting)
Match in the gas tank – boom, boom.


Gilbert (chanting)
Match in the gas tank – boom, boom!


Arnie (chanting)
Match in the gas tank – boom, boom. Boom, boom, boom, boom. Match in the gas tank – boom, boom.


Gilbert
Good boy.


Man
Easy does it now.


Gilbert
Come on down, buddy.


Earl
All right!


Gilbert
Come on down. Come on! There you go. All right. Thanks a lot. Really sorry. Good. Good boy. Good boy. Now, I’m gonna take him home.
I promise it won’t happen again.


Sheriff
Son, we hear this every time. Then after a couple of days he’s right back up there again.


Gilbert
Yeah, but this is the last time. Right, buddy?


Arnie
It’s the last time.


Gilbert
Yeah. Come on, let’s go.


Arnie
I wanna go back up there again. I wanna go up there again.


Earl
Hey, Arnie. Good job, huh?


Gilbert
Don’t touch him.


Boy
Whoa, nice try.


Earl
Way to go, Arnie. Could you do it again for me?


Tucker
Get out of here, Earl.


Gilbert
Could you help me out later?


Tucker
Yeah.


Gilbert
With the fridge.


Tucker
With the what?


Gilbert
Something wrong with the fridge.


Tucker
The electricity?


Gilbert
I don’t know. Maybe.


Tucker
All right. I’ll have to get my tools.


Arnie
Hi.


Tucker
I’ll see you. I’ll have to stop by later. You be careful, all right, Arnie?


Arnie
Okay.


Momma
Don’t disappear like that again on me, okay?


Arnie
I disappear. I disappeared on Momma like that.


Momma
Please don’t disappear.


Gilbert
Just let him go.


Amy
Gilbert, will you bring the milk.


Arnie
I miss Momma.


Momma
Good boy.


Arnie
Disappear like that.


Momma
Good boy.


Arnie
Food.


Amy
Are we ready to talk about the party?


Momma
Sure.


Ellen
I’m ready.


Amy
Ellen’s in charge of decorations.


Ellen
Get this – purple, orange and green.


Momma
Sounds good.


Ellen
Theme colours.


Amy
Okay.


Momma
That sounds pretty good.


Amy
I’m doing the food, the cake.


Momma
Okay.


Amy
Arnie, I’m making something very special for you. And, er, Momma you can supervise everything. Okay with everybody?


Ellen
That’s disgusting.


Momma
Sounds good.


Arnie
What about me?


Amy
You are the guest of honour. How about that?


Arnie
Gilbert, what about me? My party. It’s my party. What about me?


Gilbert
You just show up, buddy. That’s your job.


Momma
All you have to do is show up.


Amy
You don’t have to do anything. All you have to do is turn eighteen.


Ellen
You know, that just leaves Gilbert.


Gilbert
Huh?


Ellen
You’re the only one without anything to do. Got any ideas?


Amy
Sure he does.


Gilbert
No, I don’t. No, I don’t.


Amy
Yes, you do.


Ellen
I’m almost sixteen and I got pages of ideas.


Momma
Ellen.


Ellen
She designed a whole cake, and you haven’t done anything.


Momma
Stop it, Ellen.


Amy
Can it.


Gilbert
Can I be excused?


Ellen
He never does anything. No.


Momma
Please, can’t we just do something as a family?


Ellen
No fair, Momma!


Gilbert
Can I please be excused?


Amy, Momma & Ellen
(all talking at once)


Arnie
My party though!


Momma
Is that too much to ask?


Tucker
So it’s gonna be an exact copy of the one. . . the original they built in Boone.


Gilbert
Really?


Tucker
Which is no big dead, Gilbert, ‘cos they’re all. . . All Burger Barns are built identical. They’re prefabricated. They just ship ’em out.
I mean, it’s so efficient, it’s amazing. In a matter of a couple of days, there’s gonna be a whole new restaurant there. So, I was driving past
the building site today. You know, it’s going up right next to. . . right down the road from Foodland. The general manager was there. So I says,
“Can I fill out an application?” He said, “You bet you can.” So I did, you know, and it looks really good. I mean, I’m happy wearing one of them
uniforms and flipping some burgers, salting some fries. You never know, could be the best thing that ever happened to me. Hey, get. . . Get outta
here.


Boy
I saw her! I saw her, I saw her!


Tucker
That wasn’t nice.


Gilbert
What? What’d I do?


Tucker
You know what you did.


Gilbert
Oh.


Tucker
That’s your mother in there. Your mother.


Gilbert
I know.


Tucker
I don’t get you man. I just don’t get it.


Gilbert
Let’s go, buddy.


Arnie
Okay.


Gilbert
Come on.


Arnie
Gilbert, run now! Run! Bye-bye, Momma. Bye-bye.


Momma
Night you guys. Move Amy.


Arnie
Gilbert is shrinking. Shrinking, shrinking, shrinking, shrinking. I’m not tired yet, Gilbert.


Gilbert
Well, you gotta go to sleep, okay?


Arnie
Okay. Goodbye.


Gilbert
No, it’s not goodbye. It’s good night.


Arnie
Yeah.


Gilbert
Goodbye is for when you’re going away and we’re not going anywhere, are we?


Arnie
I know that. I know that, Gilbert.


Gilbert
See you tomorrow.


Arnie
We’re not going anywhere! Goodbye!


Gilbert
Arnie.


Tucker
You gotta work later?


Gilbert
Yeah I do.


Woman
Hi, boys. Hi, Arnie.


Arnie
Hiya, ladies.


Gilbert
Gotta come back.


Tucker
How’s Momma?


Gilbert
She’s fat.


Tucker
Come on, man. She’s not all that big, Gilbert.


Gilbert
What?


Tucker
Listen, I saw a guy at the state fair who was. . . a little bit bigger.


Gilbert
A little bit bigger?


Tucker
Look, all I’m saying is she’s not the biggest I’ve ever seen.


Gilbert
Tucker, she’s a whale.


Tucker
Well, take her out for a walk once in a while.


Gilbert
Take her out for a jog.


Tucker
Get her out of the house.


Gilbert
Hey, Bobby. Bobby!


Tucker
Give her a chance, that’s all I’m saying.


Gilbert
I know. How’s business?


Bobby
Oh, not good. Hey! Nobody’s dying.


Tucker
There’s a clear ladder. There’s a clear corporate ladder.


Bobby
That’s good.


Arnie
How, Gilbert?


Tucker
That’s a good thing for you to do.


Arnie
How?


Tucker
If you guys would give it a chance.


Bobby
I. . . I. . . I just was saying that it wasn’t something that I should be doing for myself.


Tucker
Look, they use Canola oil, okay? You know what Canola oil is? You probably don’t.


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