Rain Man

Rain Man

4.7 10
Director: Barry Levinson

Cast: Barry Levinson, Dustin Hoffman, Tom Cruise, Valeria Golino

     
 

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Self-centered, avaricious Californian Charlie Babbitt (Tom Cruise) is informed that his long-estranged father has died. Expecting at least a portion of the elder Babbitt's $3 million estate, Charlie learns that all he's inherited is his dad's prize roses and a 1949 Buick Roadmaster. Discovering that the $3 million is being held in trust for an unidentified party,… See more details below

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Self-centered, avaricious Californian Charlie Babbitt (Tom Cruise) is informed that his long-estranged father has died. Expecting at least a portion of the elder Babbitt's $3 million estate, Charlie learns that all he's inherited is his dad's prize roses and a 1949 Buick Roadmaster. Discovering that the $3 million is being held in trust for an unidentified party, Charlie heads to his home town of Cincinnati to ascertain who that party is. It turns out that the beneficiary is Raymond Babbitt (Dustin Hoffman), the autistic-savant older brother that Charlie never knew he had. Able to memorize reams of trivia and add, subtract, multiply, and divide without a second's hesitation, Raymond is otherwise incapable of functioning as a normal human being. Aghast that Raymond is to receive his father's entire legacy, Charlie tries to cut a deal with Raymond's guardian. When this fails, Charlie "borrows" Raymond from the institution where he lives, hoping to use his brother as leverage to claim half the fortune. During their subsequent cross-country odyssey, Charlie is forced to accommodate Raymond's various autistic idiosyncracies, not the least of which is his insistence on adhering to a rigid daily schedule: he must, for example, watch People's Court and Jeopardy every day at the same time, no matter what. On hitting Las Vegas, Charlie hopes to harness Raymond's finely-honed mathematical skills to win big at the gaming tables; but this exploitation of his brother's affliction compels Charlie to reassess his own values, or lack thereof. A longtime pet project of star Dustin Hoffman, Rain Man was turned down by several high-profile directors before Barry Levinson took on the challenge of bringing Ronald Bass' screenplay to fruition (Levinson also appears in the film as a psychiatrist). All three men won Oscars, and the movie won Best Picture.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
"Remarkable" and "spellbinding" are two words often appropriately used to describe the Oscar-winning Best Picture of 1988, a profoundly moving drama leavened with occasional bits of hilarity by director Barry Levinson. After the death of his father, Charlie Babbitt (Tom Cruise) quickly finds himself the caregiver to his autistic older brother, Raymond (Dustin Hoffman), who has been institutionalized for most of his life. Charlie gradually warms up to the sibling he barely knows, facing innumerable challenges presented by Raymond's needs and eccentricities. The narrative tends to meander at times, and its outcome is more or less predictable, but Levinson elicits such amazing performances from his two leading men that you won't care about plot complications; your attention will be riveted on Cruise and Hoffman. Valeria Golino contributes a nice supporting turn as Charlie’s girlfriend, Susannah, who becomes disgusted with his selfishness and ultimately takes him to task for exploiting Raymond's unusual talents. But for most of the movie it's just Cruise and Hoffman on the screen, radiating energy and bouncing sharp lines off each other in dizzying succession. The Ron Bass-Barry Morrow screenplay also won an Academy Award, as did Levinson's direction. The guy who really earned his little gold statuette, though, was Hoffman, whose multilayered and perfectly consistent performance still ranks as one of the most accomplished in film history.
All Movie Guide - Richard Gilliam
Rain Man ranks among the most popular films of the late 1980s, owing to a fine screenplay by Ron Bass and a spectacular performance by Dustin Hoffman in the title role. The film combines two of Hollywood's most successful formulas -- the "fish-out-of-water" story and the "unlikely buddies" picture, and there's even a touch of the old "rotten guy learns to be unselfish" twist added for texture. While such a film could have been typical big studio product, director Barry Levinson managed to find depth in the developing relationship between Hoffman's autistic adult character and the selfish, greedy character played by co-star Tom Cruise. Hoffman, Levinson, and Bass took home Oscars for Rain Man, as did the film itself for Best Picture.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/15/2011
UPC:
0883904232032
Original Release:
1988
Rating:
R
Source:
20Th Century Fox
Region Code:
A
Time:
2:14:00

Special Features

Audio commetnary by director Barry Levinson; Audio commentary by writer Barry Morrow; Commentary by writer Ronald Bass; The journey of Rain Man featurette; Lifting to fog: a look at the mysteries of autism featurette; Deleted scene; Original theatrical trailer

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dustin Hoffman Raymond Babbitt
Tom Cruise Charlie Babbitt
Valeria Golino Susannah
Jerry Molen Dr. Bruner
Jack Murdock John Mooney
Michael D. Roberts Vern
Ralph Seymour Lenny
Lucinda Jenney Iris
Bonnie Hunt Sally Dibbs
Kim Robillard Small Town Doctor
Beth Grant Mother at Farm House
Ralph Tabakin Shift Boss
Ray Baker Mr. Kelso
Jocko Marcellino Las Vegas Crooner
Royce D. Applegate Voice Only
June Christopher Voice Only
Anna Mathias Voice Only
Archie Hahn Voice Only
Luisa Leschin Voice Only
Ira Miller Voice Only
Chris Mulkey Voice Only
Tracy Newman Voice Only
Julie Payne Voice Only
Reni Santoni Voice Only
Bridget Sienna Voice Only
Ruth Silveira Voice Only
Jonathan Stark Voice Only
Lynne Stewart Voice Only
Arnold Turner Voice Only
Gigi Vorgan Voice Only
Barry Levinson Dr. (uncredited)

Technical Credits
Barry Levinson Director,Screenwriter
Ronald Bass Screenwriter
Ed Butterworth Makeup
Linda de Scenna Set Decoration/Design
William Elliott Art Director
Louis Di Giaimo Casting
Peter Guber Executive Producer
M. Todd Henry Camera Operator
Mark Johnson Producer
Stu Linder Editor
David McGiffert Associate Producer,Asst. Director
Gerald R. Molen Co-producer
Jerry Molen Co-producer
Barry Morrow Original Story,Screenwriter
Gail Mutrux Associate Producer
Donald Myers Special Effects Supervisor
Jon Peters Executive Producer
Bernie Pollack Costumes/Costume Designer
Ida Random Production Designer
David Rayfiel Screenwriter
Lee Rich Producer
John Seale Cinematographer
Hans Zimmer Score Composer
Kenneth Zunder Camera Operator

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