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A journey through understanding and fellowship.
Selfish yuppie Charlie Babbitt's father left a fortune to his savant brother Raymond and a pittance to Charlie; they travel cross-country.
"He's capable of a lot more than you know!"
One of my favorite films of all time. The way that this film brings out the true meaning and reality of a man and his brother who has autism. A truly emotional film that gets me so into it, that I cry every time that I watch it. Some of the reasons why I think so highly of this film, is that I have personal experience. With my sister having autism, I feel that I am able to truly capture and get into the brilliance and mastermind designed in this cinema. I could not critic this picture in any other way. One way that this film was able to do so…
God-DAMN it Cruise! You had a golden ticket! You had a golden chance to make your way! And you fucked it up! YOU FUCKED IT UP! You could have been the next Redford but instead you decided you were going to devote your life to believing in an evil space overlord that trapped a bunch of alien souls in a prehistoric volcano. And thetans. Next thing you know, you're jumping up and down on the Oprah show, denouncing the entire mental health profession. Now you're a one-man definition of irony. Good job there Maverick!
Barry Levinson’s Rain Man follows in suit with his recent efforts of candied Hollywood Drama’s/Comedy’s, but is carried further than its traditional premise via a fascinating and touching screenplay and a remarkable performance at its centre.
The films portrayal of autistic sufferers is honest and informed without feeling too outlandish, with the struggles of carers and family dealing with suffers indented into the plot. But the focus lies on the relationship between the leads. Charlie is an initially unlikable, savagely selfish yuppie played strongly by Cruise. His cold demeanour is difficult to deal with at first as someone seemingly without good intention, but he is brought back to humanity by Raymond. It’s not often that an actor as well-known and…
"You were in the window. You waved to me, "Bye bye Rain Man", "Bye bye.""
Rain Man is a surprisingly unsentimental film that mixes drama and comedy with successful results. In lesser hands this film could be so mawkish but it works because Tom Cruise's character, Charlie Babbitt is a completely self centred prick. His estranged father has passed away and on being delivered the will Charlie is incensed to hear that his fathers $3 Million dollar estate has been put in a trust fund. This then leads him to the institution where he finds a brother he never knew he had.
Charlie essentially kidnaps his brother Raymond (Dustin Hoffman). With a complete lack of understanding for his brothers condition…
"What I said about being on the road with you I meant. Connecting. I like having you for my brother."
One of the best movies of the '80's. Even at a young age, I have always loved this film, and despite it hitting a little too close to home for me, it still remains an absolute favourite of mine. It's straight-forward, moving and very, very deserving of it's Best Picture Oscar. Dustin Hoffman delivers a fantastic, committed performance, but Tom Cruise deserves an equal amount of praise for his brilliant central performance with a believable character arc that really wins over the audience.
A real winner, in terms of quality and audience connection.
Let's get the obvious elephant in the theater out of the way up front, if Rain Man's depiction of autism was ever considered accurate (which I doubt), it certainly hasn't aged well. I'm not pretending to be an expert on the condition, but personally, I think the filmmakers would have been better off going the Forrest Gump route and never specifying what's wrong with Raymond. That said, I doubt the film was aiming for accuracy or inclusiveness, so much as it was aiming to collect as many little golden statues as it could, a task it proved quite successful at.
Not surprisingly so at that, Barry Levinson's film seems tailor-made to seduce the voters in…
I like Rain Man, but I still have a big problem with this movie; Charlie Babbitt.
I enjoy Dustin Hoffman's Raymond, but you can't identify with him. The person you should be identifying with is Tom Cruise, but he's a huge douchebag. The movie tricks you into thinking that he's turned the corner, but in the end he's still just a douchebag that loves his brother. The only time Charlie's nice to Raymond is when he's counting cards in Vegas and making him some cash.
I really feel bad for Valeria Golino coming back to Charlie, because that's just a mental abuse case waiting to happen. How much do you want to bet Charlie goes to see Raymond a few times, but then starts making excuses why Cincinnati is so far away and makes it out there once every two years.
Movie does have a great soundtrack.
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Cruise abuses the living daylights out of an autistic guy and has a miraculous change of heart for no reason at all, things happen and ends quickly.
Probably the first film I've seen where I wasn't entirely creeped out by Tom Cruise. Also, very lovely sibling scenes that find intimacy in a way that's so strikingly unforced. well mostly, definitely on Hoffman's part anyway.
Tom Cruise totally not gay
Please don't show me the money!
"Last week, you were upset, and then suddenly, this week, you've found some devotion to your brother and you want to take care of him for the rest of his life." This line sums up the movie in a way that reveals its self-aware nature. This is the very thing a cynic would say about the movie as a whole, that it's all too simple.
Charlie Babbitt is faced with another 'accusation' during this scene: "[Raymond]'s not capable of having a relationship with you." This also reveals the movie's insight: a character like Raymond often has a greater impact on others than others have on him. The movie was never about giving Raymond a more enjoyable life: he was institutionalized,…
I hadn't heard of this classic and had no idea what to expect of this film but it was very moving and beautiful. The relationships between the two characters was so strong and detailed. Dustin Hoffman was amazing in this and a film I would watch again.
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Wow. Why did I wait so long to watch this movie? It was beautiful to watch this relationship unfold. It had me laughing and tearing up! My favorite part was Charlie teaching Raymond to dance. But that's the sap in me. :D
A very moving film. Amazing performance from Dustin Hoffman.
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