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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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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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The cargo being off-loaded from the freighter in the opening scenes comprises a number of Italian sports cars, specifically, the Lamborghini Countach, a vehicle that was in production from 1974-1990. See more »


When Raymond is hears the strange noise in Charlie's room, we see bright daylight through the curtains in both rooms. Upon being brought back to his room shortly after, Rainman remarks that it is several minutes before 11pm (bedtime). When Charlie turns off the lights for Raymond to go to sleep, the room is totally dark. 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?
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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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28 January 1999 | by (Michigan) – See all my reviews

I have seen this movie probably 7 or 8 times in the past three years, wrote a paper about it for my college film class last semester, and basically regard it as my favorite movie of all time. Where to begin with the praise for this movie? Let's start with the acting. Dustin Hoffman is my favorite actor, and has been for a while. I'd watch him in any role. I was amazed at the way he was able to pull off this role. I've never seen a more deserved Oscar win. The vacant stare, the monotone voice, the screaming, it was unbelievable. Each time I watch it I am floored by his talent. Tom Cruise is also good, the villain of the story who undergoes such a subtle change that it's almost not visible until nearly the end. He is, however, perfectly suited for the flashy, egotistical character of Charlie, and I think he did a great job. The directing was unobtrusive and beautiful, for the most part just letting the action unfold, which is exactly the way it should have been done. It's a feel-good movie that does that and more, and I think nothing I've seen in the movies is as touching as the scene in the motel where Charlie discovers who "Rain Man" really is. I give this movie a 9.5 out of 10. Absolutely wonderful.

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