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The Rain People (1969)

 -  Drama  -  27 August 1969 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Jimmy Kilgannon (Killer)
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Gordon
Marya Zimmet ...
Rosalie
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Mr. Alfred
Laura Crews ...
Ellen (as Laurie Crews)
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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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Liebe niemals einen Fremden  »

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$750,000 (estimated)
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The drive in scene was filmed at the old Skyline Drive In on Rt. 19 south of Clarksburg. See more »

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Gordon: You are in some kind of trip?
Natalie Ravenna: Yes.
Gordon: Where?
Natalie Ravenna: West.
Gordon: Where West? California?
Natalie Ravenna: Yes.
Gordon: Why California?
Natalie Ravenna: It's the far west I can go.
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Coppola's first film aptly demonstrates emerging greatness
15 November 2004 | by (Oklahoma) – See all my reviews

I have a letter from Ms. Knight, who went to college with my older sister. In it, she tells of the hardships of making this film. She, herself, was pregnant--an interesting conjunction with the movie's plot--and the novice director was unsure, fairly green, and having great difficulties with all the decisions, logistics, etc. They were on the move all the time, and it was a very difficult shoot.

The film, however, with a strong debut for James Caan, remains effective and affecting. It's a great showcase for the talent that Ms. Knight has demonstrated her entire career--on television, in movies and on the stage, where she won the Tony for "Kennedy's Children."

This film has aged well.


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