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Baby the Rain Must Fall (1965)

Not Rated | | Drama | 15 January 1965 (USA)
With her infant daughter Margaret Rose in tow, Georgette Thomas pulls up stakes from Tyler, Texas to head to Columbus, Texas to be reunited with her husband, Henry Thomas, who has just been... See full summary »

Director:

Robert Mulligan

Writers:

Horton Foote (play), Horton Foote (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Steve McQueen ... Henry Thomas
Lee Remick ... Georgette Thomas
Don Murray ... Slim
Paul Fix ... Judge Ewing
Josephine Hutchinson ... Mrs. Ewing
Ruth White ... Miss Clara
Charles Watts Charles Watts ... Mr. Tillman
Carol Veazie Carol Veazie ... Mrs. Tillman
Georgia Simmons Georgia Simmons ... Miss Kate Dawson
Estelle Hemsley Estelle Hemsley ... Catherine
Kimberly Block Kimberly Block ... Margaret Rose Thomas
Zamah Cunningham Zamah Cunningham ... Mrs. T.V. Smith
George Dunn George Dunn ... Counterman
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Storyline

With her infant daughter Margaret Rose in tow, Georgette Thomas pulls up stakes from Tyler, Texas to head to Columbus, Texas to be reunited with her husband, Henry Thomas, who has just been released from prison on parole. Columbus is Henry's hometown. Margaret Rose has never met her father. Henry is not yet ready for this reunion as he is an irresponsible soul, who has problems looking after himself, let alone a wife and infant daughter. People in Columbus are doing whatever they can to help Henry, people such as Slim, the Deputy Sheriff who has known Henry since they were kids, and the Tillmans, who have given him a place to live as well as a job to do chores around their house. However, Henry is reluctant to give up songwriting and performing with his rockabilly band, the honky-tonks where he plays the environments which exacerbated his previous life problems. Henry has the unrealistic belief that he will become the next Elvis Presley. Beyond these issues, the biggest obstacle in ... Written by Huggo

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The more he gets into trouble, the more he gets under her skin! See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 January 1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Lady und der Tramp See more »

Filming Locations:

Lockhart, Texas, USA See more »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

During the beginning of the film Steve McQueen is singing with the band. His singing is obviously dubbed with that of another singer who is not even close to McQueen's voice. See more »

Goofs

Different takes are used in the china berry tree planting scene. Some shots look visibly more windy with the plant shaking violently caused by the strong wind. See more »

Quotes

Henry Thomas: [yelling a couple feet away from Miss Kates bedroom door] I'M NOT GOING TO QUIT MY MUSIC! YOU HEAR THAT OLD LADY?... I'm not going to quit MUSIC!
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Connections

Referenced in The Making of 'Close Encounters of the Third Kind' (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Baby, The Rain Must Fall
Music by Elmer Bernstein
Lyric by Ernie Sheldon
Performed by Glenn Yarbrough
(Title Sequence)
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Exquisite performances
12 May 2013 | by jjnxn-1See all my reviews

Beautiful performances from Steve McQueen and especially Lee Remick highlight this rather sad rambling film of the type Hollywood doesn't make anymore. A small personal drama that explores the lives of regular people just struggling to make a place for themselves in the world. Nothing blows up, it's all about emotions here. Horton Foote's screenplay, based on his play, shows his customary understanding of how people react and interact with each other while Ernest Laszlo stark black and white cinematography evokes the dusty small town Texas setting in a way color never could. Something that you'd find either on the indie circuit or maybe on cable today certainly not in major markets as this was and hardly with stars of this magnitude.


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