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The Rain People (1969)

R | | Drama | 27 August 1969 (USA)
Having discovered that she is pregnant, Natalie Ravenna (Shirley Knight), a Long Island housewife panics and leaves home to see if she might just possibly have made something different out ... See full summary »
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Jimmy Kilgannon (Killer)
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Natalie Ravenna
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Gordon
Marya Zimmet ...
Rosalie
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Mr. Alfred
Laura Crews ...
Ellen (as Laurie Crews)
Andrew Duncan ...
Artie
Margaret Fairchild ...
Marion
Sally Gracie ...
Beth
Alan Manson ...
Lou
Robert Modica ...
Vinny Ravenna
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Having discovered that she is pregnant, Natalie Ravenna (Shirley Knight), a Long Island housewife panics and leaves home to see if she might just possibly have made something different out of herself; if she can manage to unshackle her grocery list worth of responsibilities that add up to a life with a husband she loves. In a motel room where Natalie stops to rest during the day, she sits motionless on the bed, and experiences the exuberance of complete freedom and the queasy feelings of new beginnings. Natalie continues on with her journey and picks up a young hitch-hiker -Killer (James Caan), an attractive brain-damaged football player. It is through Killer that poses a more disturbing question to Natalie than that of domestic responsibility. How deeply are we wedded to chance meetings and are we responsible for the crimes that we witness? Written by alfiehitchie

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27 August 1969 (USA)  »

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Liebe niemals einen Fremden  »

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$750,000 (estimated)
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Robeet Duvall was a replacement for Rip Torn, who was forced to exit due to a scheduling conflict. See more »

Quotes

Gordon: Don't worry, I'll get you out of there in a flash.
Gordon: [Natalia laughs] Why you laugh?
Natalie Ravenna: You'll get me out of there in a flash... Gordon!
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Interesting slice-of-life from Coppola
25 October 1999 | by (West Chester, Pa) – See all my reviews

Newly-pregnant Knight bolts from husband for non-specific reasons which are apparently self-related. On the road, she becomes entangled with Caan, brain-damaged former football star, and Duvall, wacky but abusive cop. The type of movie that could only have been spawned in the 60's. Worth a look for its non-formula plot and for early performances by future stars.

Disappointing resolution does not take away too much from rest of flick, which shows an interesting slice of life.


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