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The Rain People (1969)

When a housewife finds out she is pregnant, she runs out of town looking for freedom to reevaluate her life decisions.
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
James Caan ... Jimmy Kilgannon - Killer
Shirley Knight ... Natalie Ravenna
Robert Duvall ... Gordon
Marya Zimmet Marya Zimmet ... Rosalie
Tom Aldredge ... Mr. Alfred
Laura Crews Laura Crews ... Ellen (as Laurie Crews)
Andrew Duncan ... Artie
Margaret Fairchild Margaret Fairchild ... Marion
Sally Gracie Sally Gracie ... Beth
Alan Manson Alan Manson ... Lou
Robert Modica Robert Modica ... Vinny Ravenna
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Storyline

Having discovered that she is pregnant, Natalie Ravenna, 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 named Killer, an attractive brain-damaged football player. It is through Killer that a more disturbing question is posed 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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Rain People don't run away from their hang-ups. Just themselves! See more »

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Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 August 1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Liebe niemals einen Fremden See more »

Filming Locations:

Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA See more »

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Budget:

$750,000 (estimated)
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Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Much of this film was shot in and around Ogallala, Nebraska. Some landmarks visible in this film remain in the area, especially Front Street, a tourist attraction visible behind Shirley Knight as she stands in the phone booth (that booth was removed in the 1990s). See more »

Quotes

Natalie Ravenna: You are the most obedient man I've ever met in my life. Look at me. Aren't you?
Jimmy Kilgannon: Yes.
Natalie Ravenna: Aren't you?
Jimmy Kilgannon: Yes.
Natalie Ravenna: Aren't you?
Jimmy Kilgannon: Yes.
Natalie Ravenna: Aren't you?
Jimmy Kilgannon: Yes.
Natalie Ravenna: Alright.
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Referenced in A Decade Under the Influence (2003) See more »

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Interesting slice-of-life from Coppola
25 October 1999 | by RNMortonSee all my reviews

Newly-pregnant Knight bolts from husband for non-specific reasons which are apparently self-related. On the road, she becomes entangled with Caan, brain-damaged former football star, and Duvall, wacky but abusive cop. The type of movie that could only have been spawned in the 60's. Worth a look for its non-formula plot and for early performances by future stars.

Disappointing resolution does not take away too much from rest of flick, which shows an interesting slice of life.


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