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Rain Man

  • Drama
  • 1988
  • Barry Levinson
  • 128 mins
  • 15

Summary

Brash yuppie car dealer Charlie discovers his deceased father has left the family fortune to Raymond, the autistic elder brother he never knew he had. In a bid to get his hands on the money, he tracks down and abducts Raymond - but the ensuing cross-country journey proves to be a profound learning experience. Oscar-winning drama, starring Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman, with Valeria Golino, Gerald R Molen and Jack Murdock.

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Review

Rating: 5 out of 5.

While everyone remembers this film about an autistic man as Dustin Hoffman's Oscar-winning triumph, the film equally belongs to co-star Tom Cruise. He plays a fast-talking, wheeler-dealer who learns that he's been cut out of his father's will and has a brother confined to an institution. What follows is a classic road movie, as the siblings take off on a cross-country trip to California in an old Buick. Hoffman's savant - a mass of baseball and airline disaster statistics, prone to hysterics if his routine is broken - is one of modern cinema's great triumphs: believable, unsentimental, often hilarious. But it's Cruise's character who has the greater emotional journey, from being selfish and impatient to protective and eventually loving. Director Barry Levinson handles the whole thing beautifully, and bagged an Oscar for his efforts, while the film itself took the best picture award.

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Credits

Cast

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Raymond BabbittDustin Hoffman
Charlie BabbittTom Cruise
SusannaValeria Golino
Dr BrunerJerry Molen
John MooneyJack Murdock
VernMichael D Roberts
LennyRalph Seymour
IrisLucinda Jenney
Sally DibbsBonnie Hunt

Crew

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DirectorBarry Levinson

Details

Theatrical distributor
U.I.P. (UK)
Language
English
Guidance
Contains swearing.
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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