R | | Drama
Selfish yuppie Charlie Babbitt's father left a fortune to his savant brother Raymond and a pittance to Charlie; they travel cross-country.
Dustin Hoffman was originally hired to play the part of Charlie Babbit, but after being moved to tears seeing a savant named Leslie Lemke (who is blind, mentally handicapped, and has cerebral palsy) play full concertos on the piano by ear, he decided to play the ... ...
Now it's five and a half weeks and I'm still sitting on four Lamborghinis that can't meet spot emissions standards. Now, how many times you wash out with EPA?
Lenny: Uh, yes sir, they're finally, uh, clearing EPA; uh, just one or two more days.
Charlie: Three times...
In the moments after Charlie pulls away from the diner and the playing cards fly into the air he begins to explain casino rules to Rainman. As they drive toward the camera the sun casts a shadow to the left of the screen. In the immediately following reverse shot as the car drives away from the camera and the conversation continues the sun casts a shadow in the opposite direction.
Throughout the movie, Raymond is taking pictures. The pictures that he takes are shown as the background for the credits.
$7,005,719 (USA) (16 December 1988)
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