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Rain Man (1988)

R  |   |  Drama  |  16 December 1988 (USA)
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Selfish yuppie Charlie Babbitt's father left a fortune to his savant brother Raymond and a pittance to Charlie; they travel cross-country.



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Charles Sanford "Charlie" Babbit is a self-centered Los Angeles-based automobile dealer/hustler/bookie who is at war with his own life. Charlie, as a young teenager, used his father's 1948 Buick convertible without permission and as a result, he went to jail for two days on account that his father reported it stolen. It is then that Charlie learns that his estranged father died and left him from his last will and testament a huge bed of roses and the car while the remainder will of $3 Million goes into a trust fund to be distributed to someone. Charlie seemed pretty angry by this and decides to look into this matter. It seems as if that "someone" is Raymond, Charlie's unknown brother, an autistic savant who lives in a world of his own, resides at the Walbrook Institute. Charlie then kidnaps Raymond and decides to take him on a lust for life trip to the west coast as a threat to get the $3 Million inheritance. Raymond's acts and nagging, including repeated talks of "Abbott & Costello",... Written by Christopher Howell (

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A journey through understanding and fellowship.




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16 December 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Человек дождя  »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)


$172,825,435 (USA)

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Early in the film, when the lawyer is reading the will to Charlie, Charlie says "I definitely got the rose bushes, I have definitely got the rose bushes." This foreshadows Raymond's extensive use of the word "definitely" later on. See more »


When Charlie and Raymond stop for the night at the Honeymoon Haven Motel, the sign for U.S. 60 is on the wrong side of the road. It should be on the opposite side, facing the oncoming traffic. See more »


[first lines]
Charlie: [on telephone] Now it's five and a half weeks and I'm still sitting on four Lamborghinis that can't meet spot emissions standards. Now, how many times you wash out with EPA?
Lenny: [on a separate line] Uh, yes sir, they're finally, uh, clearing EPA; uh, just one or two more days.
Charlie: Three times? You're really on a roll here, my friend; four cars, three times each - that's zip for twelve. What are you, a... mechanic, or a NASA engineer? Now listen, now, I told you I've never dealt with these ...
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Throughout the movie, Raymond is taking pictures. The pictures that he takes are shown as the background for the credits. See more »


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They Can't Take That Away from Me
(1937) (uncredited)
Music by George Gershwin
Lyrics by Ira Gershwin
Sung by Fred Astaire
From the film The Barkleys of Broadway (1949)
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A movie that will make even the most macho man cry
25 July 2004 | by (Chicago, Illinois) – See all my reviews

I have to say that this is Tom and Dustin's best performances by far. They are such a wonderful duo together. I love seeing how Tom reacts to Dustin's character. Two brothers, one being successful and the other mentally challenged, are finally reunited. They both learn how to live with each other and eventually learn to love each other. As for a best picture, I wasn't too sure. But the actors will impress you. I would recommend this movie to anyone. It has wonderful characters and some great laughs. But also some very touching moments. You really have to like this movie. It's too memorable to miss.


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