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Rain Man (1988)

Dustin Hoffman , Tom Cruise , Barry Levinson  |  R |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (372 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Dustin Hoffman, Tom Cruise, Valeria Golino, Gerald R. Molen, Jack Murdock
  • Directors: Barry Levinson
  • Writers: Barry Morrow, Ronald Bass
  • Producers: Gerald R. Molen, David McGiffert, Gail Mutrux, Jon Peters, Mark Johnson
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: German, Danish, English, French, Finnish, Italian, Dutch, Norwegian, Portuguese, Swedish, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: German, English
  • Region: Region 2 (Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Run Time: 133 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (372 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004RYJI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,020,850 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Rain Man" on IMDb

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80 of 88 people found the following review helpful
Have you ever had to communicate with someone on a different wavelength as you; for example because he speaks a foreign language and you don't have an interpreter, or because he is unable to communicate verbally at all, or maybe just because you keep misunderstanding each other? If so, you know what a frustrating experience it is to have virtually no control over the situation and over making sure that you're actually understood. And in precisely this situation finds himself Charlie Babbitt (Tom Cruise), personification of the 1980s' yuppie, a used car dealer with major money problems whose only - tentative - personal attachment is to his current girlfriend Susanna (Valeria Golino). Because having learned that except for a few rosebushes and a vintage 1949 Buick Roadmaster his recently-deceased father has left virtually all of his considerable fortune to his autistic brother Raymond (Dustin Hoffman) - a brother he didn't even know he had - Charlie decides to kidnap Raymond from the Cincinnati facility where he lives, take him to California, and demand half the inheritance in exchange for his brother's return.

Now, Charlie isn't the greatest communicator himself; at least as far as listening goes; he is used to talking people down, and if that alone doesn't do the trick, he starts to yell. This, however, just doesn't work with Raymond, who lives in a world of his own and, unable to express emotion in any other way, falls into a nervous tic when feeling threatened. So for the first time in his life Charlie has to learn to accept another human being for what he is, and work *with* his bewildering methods of communication rather than against them.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Autistic!!!! November 23, 2007
Rain Man is a truly special film that involves two brothers of two totally different worlds,mentally 'n so forth. However,Charlie has this thing where he's all about money even to the point that he tries to play his brother,Raymond,for "a sap." In other words,Charlie is willing to do whatever it takes to get "the lion's share"
of and all!! To me,I'd say that's a shame because it is so sad to have to take advantage of a family member as a pawn in the game...especially if that family member has a mentally or developmentally disorder. I'd hate to think about what would happen if Charlie and Raymond were to never get along yet what Charlie would do to shake the cash out of Raymond's pockets,ya know?
I'm pretty sure that Raymond got "picked on"...did Raymond ever get bullied,mocked,made fun of,etc.
or did he just get left alone with only the burden of his own semi-normal brother(Charlie)with money-hungry out for blood issues just to get some cash on the side?!!
I can only help but wonder on since he lived at Wallbrook
in which I take it,is an adult foster care home or more commonly referred to as an AFC Home but you could only picture the part of if Raymond was in Special Education at one time or another...I bet he was the smartest student if he were a Special Ed. student since it's hardly ever that one comes up to an Autistic individual with so many advanced talents and/or abilities beyond belief!! I'm not disparging Autistic people as a catagory,mind you but I was amazed at Raymond's unique "powers" if you wish to call them "powers." All I have to say in mental terms is: "What a weapon!!" He's ahead of the ball game in his mental abilities on numbers(math),cards,knowledge on
baseball+"Who's On First?
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Barry Levinson's name is well-known these days mostly as a producer but he has directed a good number of films that people are familiar with. Films such as "Sphere", "Wag the Dog", "Sleepers", "Bugsy", "Toys", "Avalon", "Good Morning Vietnam", "Diner" to name a few. But for one film, Levinson earned his Oscar and that was in 1988 for "Rain Man". A story by Barry Morrow and a screenplay co-written by Morrow and Ronald Bass ("Snow Falling on Cedars", "Step Mom", "My Best Friend's Wedding", "Entrapment", "What Dreams May Come"), the film would also bring together America's top male actors Dustin Hoffman ("Tootsie", "Kramer vs. Kramer", "Ishtar") and Tom Cruise ("Top Gun", "Cocktail", "Risky Business", "The Color of Money").

The film which was budgeted at $25 million, earned over $354 million (the film was the highest grossing film of 1988) and would win four Academy awards including "Best Director", "Best Picture", "Best Writing, Original Screenplay" and a "Best Actor in a Leading Role" for Dustin Hoffman.


"Rain Man" is presented in 1080p High Definition (1:85:1 widescreen). First, its important for me to remind everyone that this is a 1988 film and I've always had the opinion that many films from the '80s tend to have this aged look and sometimes appearances look soft. While for "Rain Man", the film does show its age in terms of film stock used, this is the best looking version of the film to date.

There is a good amount of grain in this film but there is much more detail and edge enhancement can be seen at times. If anything, the clarity and detail is much more evident in the Blu-ray release and there appears to be some noise reduction utilized as there are some moments of softness.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movie!
Published 3 hours ago by Krivera
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 3 days ago by Mickey Bridger
5.0 out of 5 stars great
No problems
Published 4 days ago by Steve Simonek
4.0 out of 5 stars It is a really good movie.
I got this one for myself. It is a really good movie.
Published 4 days ago by Joseph Mathews
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertainment; not documentary; enjoyable
The movie was of interest to me because I myself am Asperger Syndrome. For all matters of story line, script writing, photography, acting, and such, it is a perfectly fine movie. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Joel M. Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great item. exactly as described
Published 8 days ago by Michael
5.0 out of 5 stars tom cruise, yum
tom cruise is at his best and sexiest in this film, dustin hoffman deserved the oscer for this movie they do not make great movies like this any more
Published 9 days ago by JANE AUSTEN
5.0 out of 5 stars An all time movie Great. Hoffman, brilliant as ever.
Exciting, dramatic, emotional, funny and no clue as to resolution; the movie juxtaposes greed and selfishness against love and family. Read more
Published 10 days ago by BestProductConsumer
4.0 out of 5 stars Off-Beat Theme and Fantastic Acting
This was the second time I watched this film. I was trying to recapture the eerie magic evoked by Raymond's uncanny mathematical abilities. Read more
Published 10 days ago by P. E. Cruise
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
This kind of movie is a REAL movie!, This kind of movie has the real meat and potatoes of life!
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