All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1167. An easy way of seeing how…
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!
Dustin Hoffman gives the performance of his career in Rain Man, a lightly funny, touching and effective drama with a fine supporting performance from Tom Cruise, a good soundtrack and a great directing job from Barry Levinson.
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.
The K-Mart of movies.
Feel good emotional movie.
Had been slightly dreading this, thinking I was in for some slick, overly sentimental awards-bait, but was pleasantly surprised at the attention to detail and restraint that Levinson shows here. No overly obnoxious plot detours, few road-trip cliches, and an astonishingly good eye for composition only enhances the main star of this movie-the performances by the two leads. In a way, Hoffman's job is somewhat easier, as its Cruise's character that we have to see make those almost imperceptible changes that indicate a redemptive arc. The resulting experience feels very much earned, and without the heaviness of forced weepy sentimentality.
Film #19 of the "Scavenger Hunt" Challenge!
Task #19: A film featuring a physically or mentally challenged person!
I almost forgot to post this but anyways Rain Man is a great movie and the fantastic performances, especially from Hoffman make it better
watching this film does not make you an expert about autism.
I've struggled with how exactly to review Rain Man simply because my distaste for it and many Hollywood films that depict individuals with special needs. Invariably the handicapped individuals either wind up as savant-like geniuses (as they do here) or are merely just plot contrivances for the inspiration story of the week. I have lived with an autistic person for much of my life, and while some films are closer than others (Rain Man again being one of those), they inevitably sentimentalize stuff to the point of nausea, for me personally.
Baring that personal bias in mind, Rain Man is merely an average film that's anchored by a couple of very good performances from its two leads. Barry Levinson was…
pretty good and funny
Well made and well acted, "Rain Man" is also too long and vaguely annoying.
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
This list is the Letterboxd version of The Oxford History of World Cinema.
The book celebrates and chronicles over one…