Rain Man

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MGM Released 1988

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Director:
Barry Levinson
Released:
1988
Rating:
R
Rain Man is an American dramatic comedy film made in 1988 starring Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman. The film follows Charlie (Cruise) a young, fast talking, slick car dealer, who adheres to a shallow life of fast cars and luxury. But when his father dies and cuts him out of the will he discovers he has a older half brother named Raymond (Hoffman) who lives in a mental institution because of severe autism. Raymond is like no other person Charlie's met, he has extreme quirks, knowledge and a great photographic memory. But all Charlie cares about is that Raymond has been left in the will and he hasn't, thus just inheriting millions of dollars. Charlie takes Raymond on a road trip back to L.A. to meet with his lawyers to fight for his rightful share and send him back to the mental institution relieving him of custody. Soon enough Charlie realizes what's really important here, Raymond may not be the brother Charlie wanted, but soon becomes the brother he needed.moreless

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  • 88

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    How can you make a movie about a man who cannot change, whose whole life is anchored and defended by routine? Few actors could get anywhere with this challenge, and fewer still cou...

  • 70

    Variety

    It's a mature assignment for Cruise and he's at his best in the darker scenes.

  • 60

    The New York Times Vincent Canby

    In much the way that Raymond stays detached, the performance seems to exist outside the film but, instead of illuminating Rain Man, it upstages the work of everyone else involved. ...

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Drama

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dysfuntional families, for men, for women, dramedy, quirky characters