Rain Man

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(out of 5)


This touching family drama was completely overrated at the time of its release but it still has good reason to be remembered.   plays a bitter, emotionally distant importer of fancy foreign cars who learns that his father has died, putting him in the position to inherit a great fortune. What he discovers at the reading of his father’s will, however, is that all the money he was expecting to get has gone to a brother he never knew about, a much older autistic sibling () who has been living in a care home ever since Cruise was an infant. Visiting Hoffman for the first time, Cruise suddenly gets the idea to kidnap him and take him across the country until he can figure out a way to solve his own money problems. Hoffman convincingly portrays a member of the mentally challenged community, but whatever emotional depth he brings to the role pales in comparison to the marvelous work Cruise does as the brother who actually makes a breakthrough.  is perfect as Cruise’s concerned girlfriend, an emotionally generous woman who is constantly on the edge of being fed up with this man who won’t reveal himself to her. Barry Levinson has made far better films, but he also brings a sense of reality to this one that most Hollywood directors probably wouldn’t have done, particularly in the finale which avoids the easy pat-happy ending and tries for a more ambiguous finish to a bittersweet story.


United Artists, The Guber-Peters Company, Star Partners II Ltd.

USA, 1988

Directed by

Story by , Screenplay by , Barry Morrow

Cinematography by

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Academy Awards 1988

Golden Globe Awards 1988

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