Rain Man (1988)

Rain Man (1988)
  • Time: 133 min
  • Genre: Drama
  • Director: Barry Levinson
  • Cast: Dustin Hoffman, Tom Cruise, Valeria Golino


Charlie is a hustler. He’s been on his own long enough to know how to work people and situations. He finds that the father who threw him out as a teen ager has died. He’s left him a now antique convertible and something more important, a previously unknown brother, Raymond. Raymond is autistic, but is able to calculate complicated mathematical problems in his head with great speed and accuracy. Their father has left his fortune to Raymond who doesn’t even understand what money is for. Charlie is enraged by what has happened and by his father keeping Raymond’s existence from him for his entire life. He kidnaps Raymond from his residential home but then finds that Raymond will only fly Qantas. The two begin a long road trip that will lead them to an understanding of each other.

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  • Some claim this to be an overrated buddy buddy road movie, but there is much more to it than that. One thing is Dustin Hoffman’s performance as Ray, the autistic savant. His performance is so realistic, so convincing, and so human that once i saw Dustin Hoffman speak normally in another movie, it was so weird. His performance has to be one of the best film performances of all time. He deservedly won the 1988 best actor Oscar. Another key thing to this film is Tom cruise. Although his performance isn’t as eye popping as Hoffman’s, this role gave Tom cruise a chance to extend his dramatic side, and he does it very well. He is very convincing in his role, using humanistic qualities to really show his character’s snobby demeanor. His performance was not the stereotypical snob. Barry Levinson also uses comfortable directing styles that sometimes puts you in the mind of Raymond, and it has a dreamlike quality to it. To give a solid summary, rain man is an excellent movie with a simple plot. Sometimes less is more. And if anyone is in the mood for a good movie, look no further. The acting, direction, and screenplay is superior. The screenplay is flawless. I will say no more on that. So now I must leave off with my favorite quote from Rain man: “Shorts on the highway.”

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