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Rain Man

R In Theaters 12/16/1988 , 128min.
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Plot & Details

Self-centered, avaricious Californian Charlie Babbitt (Tom Cruise) is informed that his long-estranged father has died. Expecting at least a portion of the elder Babbitt's $3 million estate, Charlie learns that all he's inherited is his dad's prize roses and a 1949 Buick Roadmaster. Discovering that the $3 million is being held in trust for an unidentified party, Charlie heads to his home town of Cincinnati to ascertain who that party is. It turns out that the beneficiary is Raymond Babbitt (Dustin Hoffman), the autistic-savant older brother that Charlie never knew he had. Able to memorize reams of trivia and add, subtract, multiply, and divide without a second's hesitation, Raymond is otherwise incapable of functioning as a normal human being. Aghast that Raymond is to receive his father's entire legacy, Charlie tries to cut a deal with Raymond's guardian. When this fails, Charlie "borrows" Raymond from the institution where he lives, hoping to use his brother as leverage to claim half the fortune. During their subsequent cross-country odyssey, Charlie is forced to accommodate Raymond's various autistic idiosyncracies, not the least of which is his insistence on adhering to a rigid daily schedule: he must, for example, watch People's Court and Jeopardy every day at the same time, no matter what. On hitting Las Vegas, Charlie hopes to harness Raymond's finely-honed mathematical skills to win big at the gaming tables; but this exploitation of his brother's affliction compels Charlie to reassess his own values, or lack thereof. A longtime pet project of star Dustin Hoffman, Rain Man was turned down by several high-profile directors before Barry Levinson took on the challenge of bringing Ronald Bass' screenplay to fruition (Levinson also appears in the film as a psychiatrist). All three men won Oscars, and the movie won Best Picture.

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1988 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Cinematography John Seale Nominated
1988 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Picture Mark Johnson Won
1988 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Original Screenplay Ronald Bass Won
1988 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Art Direction Ida Random Nominated
1988 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Editing Stu Linder Nominated
1988 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Original Screenplay Barry Morrow Won
1988 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Art Direction Linda de Scenna Nominated
1988 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Score Hans Zimmer Nominated
1988 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Actor Dustin Hoffman Won
1988 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Director Barry Levinson Won

Golden Globes

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1988 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Picture - Drama Won
1988 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Screenplay Barry Morrow Nominated
1988 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy Dustin Hoffman Won
1988 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Director Barry Levinson Nominated
1988 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Screenplay Ronald Bass Nominated

American Society of Cinematographers

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1988 American Society of Cinematographers Best Cinematography John Seale Nominated

Berlin International Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1989 Berlin International Film Festival Golden Bear Won

Directors Guild of America

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1988 Directors Guild of America Best Director Barry Levinson Won

People's Choice Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1988 People's Choice Awards Best Picture - Drama Won

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