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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)
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)  »

Also Known As:

Liebe niemals einen Fremden  »

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$750,000 (estimated)
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Much of this film was shot in and around Ogallala, Nebraska. Some landmarks visible in this film remain in the area, especially Front Street, a tourist attraction visible behind Shirley Knight as she stands in the phone booth. (That phone booth was removed in the 1990s.) See more »

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Look on the Bright Side....
17 October 1999 | by (Somewhere, USA) – See all my reviews

This early Coppola work is overlong and erratic, but it is not devoid of praiseworthy qualities. The cinematography is excellent and the characters are memorable. James Caan is very convincing as the mentally handicapped hitchhiker. Also, because this film was shot on location all over the Eastern U.S., it offers an interesting, authentic look at America in the late 1960's. The title phrase does not have a significant meaning in the overall story, but only comes up during a conversation between the two lead characters (Caan and Shirley Knight). The way Coppola develops the characters by using short, dream-like flashbacks is very clever. In general, this film is not in the same class as Coppola's later work, but it's a solid character-driven story.


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