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The Rain People (1969)

R | | Drama | 27 August 1969 (USA)
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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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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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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Her hang-ups weren't much...Just a husband and a baby on the way. See more »

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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:

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Shirley Knight, who plays the pregnant Natalie Ravenna was pregnant with her daughter Sophie C. Hopkins during the production of the film. See more »

Quotes

Gordon: You are in some kind of trip?
Natalie Ravenna: Yes.
Gordon: Where?
Natalie Ravenna: West.
Gordon: Where West? California?
Natalie Ravenna: Yes.
Gordon: Why California?
Natalie Ravenna: It's the far west I can go.
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References Bonnie and Clyde (1967) See more »

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like a European film shot in America during a crucial turning point in history......
18 February 2010 | by St_AnusSee all my reviews

Francis Ford Coppola's first 'personal' film, completed and released in 1969, was the last movie he made as a mostly unknown, up and coming director before The Godfather, and is in stark contrast to both that film, and the rest of his uneven career. It's ostensibly a road movie involving a disconnected young woman bored with domestic life, and pregnant with a child she isn't sure she wants, fleeing the trappings her dull marriage and hitting the open road in search of freedom. Along the way she befriends a nice man, an ex-footballer player that suffered brain damage from a traumatic head injury, played in unexpectedly subtle fashion by a young James Caan, and decides to 'help' him, despite becoming frustrated with his simple ways. Her efforts to rid of him always fail, either by guilt or chance, and eventually lead her directly into the hands of an emotionally wounded cop(Robert Duvall), who has ideas of his own. The plot is threadbare, but Coppola does a great job at detailing the emotional life of these characters, and uses editing techniques to relay back story that were not at all common in American films of the time. Shots are simple, yet extraordinarily effective, conveying both the moody desolation of the open highway, and the emptiness of American suburban life, infused with a gentle melancholy provided by the film score. Coppola also deserves credit for addressing the issue of domestic discontent from a woman's point of view in the culturally turbulent 60's. Overall, a fairly low-key film that is not what audiences have come to expect from Coppola, but one that is a minor triumph in its own quiet, unassuming way. 7.5/10.


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