Rain Man (1988)
Director: Barry Levinson
Writers: Ronald Bass, Barry Morrow
Starring: Dustin Hoffman, Tom Cruise, Valeria Golino, Bonnie Hunt, Beth Grant, Jack Hoffman, Chris Mulkey De R. Moren/ Lucinda Janney/ Ralph Seymour/ Michael D. Roberts/ Royce D. Applegart/ Louisa Leskin
Genre: Drama / Humanity
Region: United States
Language: English / Italian
Released: 1988-12-16 (USA)
Length: 133 minutes
Also known as: Brotherly Love (Hong Kong) / Brotherly Love
Rating: IMDB 8.0 / Rotten Tomatoes 89%
Charlie (Tom Cruise played by Tom Cruise) passed away and left a $3 million inheritance. However, to his surprise, the inheritance was all given to an older brother Raymond (Dustin Hoffman) whom he did not know. Raymond’s name Charlie had never heard of it, and this incident made him very angry. He decided to go find his brother. Unexpectedly, Raymond lives in a mental hospital. It turns out that he suffered from autism since childhood, and was sent to the mental hospital for treatment after his mother died. With a calculation in his mind, Charlie took Raymond out of the mental hospital in an attempt to trick him into giving away the inheritance.
Raymond has strange living habits, living in his own fantasy world, and having many bizarre behaviors. Moreover, Charlie discovered Raymond’s amazing memory ability during the coexistence. He tried to use his brother’s memory ability to try his skills in the casino, and won a large bonus, which enabled Charlie to get rid of poverty. What made Charlie even more rewarding was that he also gained a growing family relationship, which far surpassed the 3 million inheritance he originally planned.
“Rain Man” is a 1988 drama film directed by Barry Levinson and starring Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise. The film tells the story of Charlie Babbitt (Cruise), a selfish and arrogant car dealer who learns that his estranged father has died and left his entire fortune to an older brother, Raymond (Hoffman), whom Charlie never knew existed. Raymond is an autistic savant with exceptional mathematical abilities but struggles with social interactions and routines.
As Charlie tries to gain custody of Raymond and access to his inheritance, he learns to appreciate and care for his brother, eventually forming a close bond with him. They embark on a road trip together, during which Charlie learns more about Raymond’s unique talents and challenges, as well as his own flaws and weaknesses.
“Rain Man” was critically acclaimed and won four Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Actor in a Leading Role for Dustin Hoffman. The film was praised for its sensitive portrayal of autism and its impact on families, as well as for the strong performances of its lead actors. It was also a commercial success, grossing over $354 million worldwide.
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