Selfish yuppie Charlie Babbitt's father left a fortune to his savant brother Raymond and a pittance to Charlie; they travel cross-country.

Director:

Barry Levinson

Writers:

Barry Morrow (story), Ronald Bass (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dustin Hoffman ... Raymond Babbitt
Tom Cruise ... Charlie Babbitt
Valeria Golino ... Susanna
Gerald R. Molen ... Dr. Bruner (as Jerry Molen)
Jack Murdock ... John Mooney
Michael D. Roberts ... Vern
Ralph Seymour ... Lenny
Lucinda Jenney ... Iris
Bonnie Hunt ... Sally Dibbs
Kim Robillard ... Small Town Doctor
Beth Grant ... Mother at Farm House
Dolan Dougherty Dolan Dougherty ... Farm House Kid
Marshall Dougherty Marshall Dougherty ... Farm House Kid
Patrick Dougherty Patrick Dougherty ... Farm House Kid
John-Michael Dougherty John-Michael Dougherty ... Farm House Kid
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Storyline

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)

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A journey through understanding and fellowship.

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Drama

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The script originally called for two farm kids, but after Catherine Dougherty brought six of her seven sons to audition for the part, the script was re-written to include the six boys. The boys also have an older brother and one younger sister. See more »

Goofs

Just before Raymond gets on the train, the woman who passes by him and Charlie on the right wearing a light blouse and jean shorts gets on the same train twice; once after passing Raymond and Charlie, and then again just before Raymond gets on the train. See more »

Quotes

[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 »

Alternate Versions

Most airline versions of the film completely cut out the discussion of crash statistics. The reference to Qantas being the only international airline to have a perfect service record was deleted from the in-flight version of the movie by all international airlines except for Qantas. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Mary and Max (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

They Can't Take That Away from Me
(1937) (uncredited)
Music by George Gershwin
Lyrics by Ira Gershwin
Sung by Fred Astaire
From the film The Barkleys of Broadway (1949)
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A movie that makes you smile and cry, simultaneously
24 May 2009 | by nagsaptarshiSee all my reviews

Well, it took me 21 years to watch this movie.Literally, the first time when I saw this movie was when it was released and I was back then a kid of 9 years who barely could understand the delicacy of human characters portrayed in the movie.And finally when I watched the movie again, I was 30 and boy oh boy,I was blown over.What a performance by Dustin Hoffman!!!Is it his best so far?Well, may not be, coz he is such a fine actor and he has so many good movies in his kitty.But truly it was one of his most memorable ones.And Tom Cruise, oh man, this bloke can act.I have always been so much skeptic about his acting skills.But I am happy that I have been proved wrong.He can act, thats for sure and this movie is a documentary proof of it.The best thing about this movie is of course the chemistry between them, a spoilt brat and an autistic person.The director handles such an issue with such panache that you are compelled to emote with the protagonists.Valeria Golino did an excellent job in her small role.She really sparkled in the elevator scene.The rest of the cast did a fine job, too.Overall, it is a memorable movie backed by power house performances.Don't ever take the risk of missing it.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

16 December 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rain Man See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,005,719, 18 December 1988

Gross USA:

$172,825,435

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$354,825,435
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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