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  • Actors: Fred Howard, Ben Hendricks Jr., William Gargan, Mary Shaw, Guy Kibbee
  • Directors: Lewis Milestone
  • Format: Black & White, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: IMAGE ENTERTAINMENT
  • DVD Release Date: February 27, 2001
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000056NWL
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #488,116 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Rain" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

Freewheeling passion collides with hypocritical self-righteousness on a primitive South Seas island to the rhythms of hot jazz records and the steady beat of the falling rain. Based on Somerset Maugham's short story about a puritanical missionary determined to convert a wanton woman, "Rain" is a fascinating film, far ahead of its time in its honest depiction of human frailties. Academy Award-winners Joan Crawford and Walter Huston star in two of the strongest performances of their careers in this exceptional film directed by Oscar-winner Lewis Milestone (All Quiet on the Western Front).

Customer Reviews

Sound is quite acceptable for the era and the contrast levels are pleasantly distinguishable.
Craig Wheeler
Strangely enough, her performance, when seen today is definitely one of the more interesting of her incredible career which spanned from 1925-1970.
"scotsladdie"
Joan Crawford was absolutely devastatingly beautiful in this picture, and her acting was firstrate.
JGC

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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Mike Leone on March 26, 2001
Format: DVD
When I bought my first VCR back in the mid-1980s, the first commercial tape I purchased was a cheapie of "Rain." I knew nothing about the story line and not much more about Joan Crawford other than "Mildred Pierce" and how she had been portrayed in "Mommie Dearest." While the tape was only of medium quality (I would later buy both better and worse from the same company), it was good enough to enthrall me with the film.
"Rain" tells one of those timeless stories that still has a lot to say to audiences today: missionary succeeds in reforming sinful woman but then succumbs to her charms. It had already been filmed as a silent with Gloria Swanson and would later be made into a color film with songs starring Rita Hayworth. Jules Massenet's opera "Thais" has a very similar plot line.
Joan Crawford made this film at a time when she was mainly playing ambitious shopgirls clawing their way to the top. "Rain," for which MGM loaned her out after her big success with "Grand Hotel," was a very different kettle of fish than her usual 1930s heroine and gives her a chance to really stretch herself.
Made up more than Gloria Swanson or Rita Hayworth ever thought of being, Joan's performance is similarly over-the-top but fascinating. Our first view of her begins preparing us for her portrayal: the camera first shows, one at a time, her two jewelry-bedecked wrists, then her two high-heeled-shod feet, and then finally her face, cigarette dangling from her mouth, and we have no doubt as to the kind of woman we are looking at. And to hear her as she speaks her first word, "Boys," is to understand why she thought her voice had been dubbed in by a man the first time she heard herself in a talkie test.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By JGC on September 30, 2006
Format: DVD
There're a bunch of "Rain" DVDs & home-videos. You may be wondering why, since none of them offer anything special. "Rain" is actually one of Joan's only movies that has fallen into public domain, meaning that any distrubutor can mass market it.

"Rain" is the story of Sadie Thompson (Joan) who is staying on the island of Pago Pago after she left her home in San Francisco. Sadie is sexy, provocative, outspoken, and very friendly with the male G. I.'s who are also on the island with her.

Sadie's ways really tick off Alfred Davidson (played by Walter Houston). Mr. Davidson is a judgmental, prudish missionary that will not rest until he gets Sadie deported. At first, Sadie has no intention of leaving and becomes incredibly indignant. Sadie says, "you take care of your evil, and I'll take care of mine..." -- words to live by.

But, when she realizes that her deportation would be imminent she becomes very freighted and pleads with Alfred Davidson to allow her to stay.

He doesn't relent, but Sadie changes her ways, nevertheless. She is no longer the flashy dresser or "plaything" for the men on the island and has accepted her deportation (and subsequent prison sentence in San Francisco.)

On the eve of her return there is a climactic outcome and Sadie hightails it to Sydney; back to her old tricks!

Joan Crawford was absolutely devastatingly beautiful in this picture, and her acting was firstrate. The fear in Sadie was so believable; and the anger that Sadie had towards the hypocrisy of the missionaries was purely evident. This is without a doubt Joan's best picture of the 30's.

Poor Joan was crucified for this film (and for many since) when it was first released in 1932.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Scooter on July 16, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
"Rain" is a classic pre-censorship movie of the 30's. As usual with this type of film, one must do a fair amount of reading between the lines to get the full story. Joan Crawford gives a strong performance as Sadie Thompson, a trollop on the run from the law. Walter Huston as Alfred Davidson, a bible thumping, over the top preacher, is sufficiently scary. The rest of the cast puts in fine performances. The cinematography is also exceptionally elegant.
The story is a bit watered down from it's Somerset Maugham original, and some extreme leaps of believability are needed on the part of the audience to accept the denouement. But the story is strong and powerful and surprisingly up-to-date considering it is almost 70 years old. It would seem the religious right has been throwing its muscle around longer than we think.
I highly recommend "Rain", if for no other reason than to see Joan Crawford in the type of role that made her famous.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Review Lover on January 14, 2005
Format: DVD
'Rain' appeared at a point in Crawford's career where she'd have done anything, played anyone - even Wally Beerey's grandmother, or so the saying goes - for a good part. And along comes Sadie Thompson, Prostitute of the South Seas, the Original Good Time Had By All, and off Joan went, to revel in a meaty role made famous by contemporary theatrical actress Tallulah Bankhead.

Panned by an unimaginative set of critics, and reviled by a public used to seeing La Carwford as the Ingenue shopgirl in such fluff as 'Our Dancing Daughters' and 'West Point', it's really a testament to the fickleness of the moviegoing public that this, a movie of really sterling performances and interesting, almost experimental direction, could have been so overlooked.

Joan plays Sadie, a hooker on the run, who is forced into an island-wide quarantine after her connecting boat ride is infected with cholera. Among the other passengers so stuck is Rev. Davidson (Walter Huston), who, upon discovering Sadie's sluttish past, becomes hell-bent on 'saving' her soul.

Joan gives an honest and raw performance here, and does not try to glamorise or romanticise the heroine. Hers is a bitter and hard-edged Sadie, full of bile towards men and the establishment, yet tender and vulnerable when the role demands. Her range as an actress is showcased here in the excellent exchanges with Rev. Devine, and Walter Huston responds in kind with a terrific rendition of the sanctimonious, dictatorial Man of the Cloth.
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