Rain Man

Release Date: December 16th, 1988

DVD Release Date: February 6th, 2001

R |2 hr 13 min

Plot Summary

When car dealer Charlie Babbitt (Tom Cruise) learns that his estranged father has died, he returns home to Cincinnati, where he discovers that he has an autistic older brother named Raymond (Dustin Hoffman) and that his father's $3 million fortune is being left to the mental institution in which Raymond lives. Motivated by his father's money, Charlie checks Raymond out of the facility in order to return with him to Los Angeles. The brothers' cross-country trip ends up changing both their lives.

Cast: Dustin Hoffman, Tom Cruise, Valeria Golino, Gerald R. Molen, Jack Murdock, Michael D. Roberts, Ralph Seymour, Lucinda Jenney

Director: Barry Levinson

Genres: Drama , Comedy drama

Production Co: Guber-Peters Company

Distributors: United Artists, MGM/UA Home Entertainment Inc.

Keywords: Amusing , Transformation , Doctor , Moving , Family , 1980s , Hospital , Girlfriend , Emotional

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Mike ClarkUSA Today

    There've been few screen moments more moving this year than Cruise's initial reaction to his brother's almost superhuman math prowess. [16 Dec 1988]

  • 88
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    How can you make a movie about a man who cannot change, whose whole life is anchored and defended by routine? Few actors could get anywhere with this challenge, and fewer still could absorb and even entertain us with their performance, but Hoffman proves again that he almost seems to thrive on impossible acting challenges. show more

  • 90
    Julie SalamonWall Street Journal

    A film that is both touching and generous of spirit - and funny as well. [15 Dec 1988, p.A16(E)]

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Awards

Nominated Best Director - Motion Picture
Nominated Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
Winner Best Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Editing
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1989)
Nominated Actor in a Leading Role
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1989)
Nominated Film Editing
Winner Actor in a Leading Role
Winner Best Picture
Winner Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Cinematography
Winner Writing (Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen)
Nominated Art Direction
Nominated Music (Original Score)
Nominated Original Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1989)
Winner Directing