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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Bruner (as Jerry Molen)
Jack Murdock ...
Mother at Farm House
Dolan Dougherty ...
Farm House Kid
Marshall Dougherty ...
Farm House Kid
Patrick Dougherty ...
Farm House Kid
John-Michael Dougherty ...
Farm House Kid


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 1949 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 (Ckhowell75360@aol.com)

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


A journey through understanding and fellowship.




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16 December 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Человек дождя  »


Box Office


$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,005,719, 16 December 1988, Wide Release

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the movie, when Charlie removes Raymond from Walbrook, we see them walking down a long oak tree lined driveway. In 2007, many of these oak trees had become diseased, forcing their removal (replacements were to be planted). Before the trees were cut down, several people came to the grounds of the convent and recreated the scene where Raymond and Charlie walk down the drive. See more »


In the laundromat the dryer on the left of Raymond is closed/open between shots. 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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Crazy Credits

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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Star Dust
(Listed as "Stardust")
Music by Hoagy Carmichael
Lyrics by Mitchell Parish (1929)
Performed by Rob Wasserman with Aaron Neville
Courtesy of MCA Records
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brilliant when you think about it
6 June 2004 | by See all my reviews

I was thinking of the way different movies seem to be good. Some have lots of action, others a bunch of special-effects. But then it strikes you, that what represents real depth, real quality is when a movie can be good without those features. When it's the dialogue, the story and the acting that strikes you. This film has really only two characters, all others play only minor roles (Cruise's girlfriend has some importance though). Two characters basically, and one dialogue - that's all you need when you've got a script as good as this, and two such great actors. Only that is brilliant. But this film also has such fine, very true episodes, small stories in the larger film. One example is when Ray watches court TV with the working class woman and her many children out in the countryside...it's such a fine picture, just outstanding. ALL IN ALL A GREAT FILM!

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