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.

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The opening song to the film, "IKO IKO" by the Belle Stars plays in its entirety during the opening credits. The film Rainman was released in 1988, however, the song "IKO IKO" by the Belle Stars was released an entire five years before the film hit theaters. By the time the song became popular due to the success of the film, and its popular music video, the Belle Stars had already disbanded two years before the films release. See more »

Goofs

The card scheme with all the Queens is repeated several times during the course of Charlie's play. 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 De slimste mens ter wereld: Episode #6.1 (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Shoes with Wings On
(1948) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Danced by Fred Astaire
From the film The Barkleys of Broadway (1949)
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brilliant when you think about it
6 June 2004 | by arvid_gergeSee all my reviews

I was thinking of the way different movies seem to be good. Some have lots of action, others a bunch of special-effects. But then it strikes you, that what represents real depth, real quality is when a movie can be good without those features. When it's the dialogue, the story and the acting that strikes you. This film has really only two characters, all others play only minor roles (Cruise's girlfriend has some importance though). Two characters basically, and one dialogue - that's all you need when you've got a script as good as this, and two such great actors. Only that is brilliant. But this film also has such fine, very true episodes, small stories in the larger film. One example is when Ray watches court TV with the working class woman and her many children out in the countryside...it's such a fine picture, just outstanding. ALL IN ALL A GREAT FILM!


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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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Dolby SR | Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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