Rain Man (1988)

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Selfish yuppie Charlie Babbitt's father left a fortune to his savant brother Raymond and a pittance to Charlie; they travel cross-country.


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22 February 2005 | eagle_owl
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| Shows the way forward for issue driven movies.
Tom Cruise stars as a used car salesman, who is angry when his father's inheritance is left to his older autistic brother (Dustin Hoffman), whose existence had not been revealed to him.

The film is built around its two assured central performances. Hoffman gives an excellent portrayal of a man with autism, totally unable to comprehend the real world around him. Cruise is no less impressive. While he is essentially playing to type, his character's attitude changes so gradually throughout the film that you barely notice, and without Cruise's subtle performance this transformation would be much less credible.

This is a highly commendable film, which, despite tackling a tricky subject, refuses to succumb to sentimentality. In giving autism such publicity, the film has hopefully helped to lessen the stigma brought on by ignorance of this condition.

Rain Man's great success is that it shows the way forward for issue driven movies in Hollywood. Its success at the box office demonstrates that taking a risk can pay off in spades, provided that the film is good enough.

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Trivia

Tom Cruise's wearing of Ray Bans boosted sales of that style fifteen percent. While it wasn't anywhere near as big a boost as when he wore Wayfarers in "Risky Business", this is the second time in the 1980s his wearing of a style of Ray Ban sunglasses in a movie helped increase sales of it.


Quotes

Charlie: 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? ...


Goofs

From the time they left the farmhouse in western Oklahoma, they supposedly passed some country with mountains in the background (west) between there and Amarillo, Texas. There are no mountains in that part of western Oklahoma (though some small ones exist farther south near Lawton and Altus) - and the nearest "mountain" on that route would be Tucumcari Mountain.


Crazy Credits

Throughout the movie, Raymond is taking pictures. The pictures that he takes are shown as the background for the credits.


Alternate Versions

Most airline versions of the film completely cut out the discussion of crash statistics. The reference to Qantas being the only international airline to have a perfect service record was deleted from the in-flight version of the movie by all international airlines except for Qantas.


Soundtracks

Dry Bones
(1927)
Music by
James Weldon Johnson
Lyrics Traditional, based on Ezekiel 37:1-14 of the Bible
Performed by Delta Rhythm Boys (as The Delta Rhythm Boys)
Courtesy of RCA Records

Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,005,719 18 December 1988

Gross USA:

$172,825,435

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$354,825,435

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