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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
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Ellen (as Laurie Crews)
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Artie
Margaret Fairchild ...
Marion
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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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Shirley Knight, who plays a pregnant woman in the film, was actually pregnant during the making of this movie. See more »

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Rain-washed Heartbreaker!
10 July 2004 | by (sparks, nevada) – See all my reviews

Early Coppola with sublime cast that most folks never got to see (a pity). There's some wonderful things going on in this one - Shirley Knight's best performance (an underrated actress), a road trip in the late 1960's, James Caan very restrained and moving, Robert Duvall in a part he was born to play (edgy, lonely, motorcycle cop), and a touching script with F. Coppola behind the wheel.

If this had been made five years LATER by some nobody, it would have been a smash (so much for timing). Anyway, I recommend this to all people who don't need outer-space explosions and bad mother-in-law jokes or a billion dollar budget to sit for a few hours and watch a story unfold. Give this one a chance if you can find it!


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