Baby the Rain Must Fall
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The McQueen character here is a small-town young man from a lousy homelife, grown up, gone to prison for a brief time, poor and trying to make something of his life with his young wife, Lee Remick and their pre-school daughter, Margaret Rose. McQueen's past plays heavily against him; his hangups, pride, independence and general hard-headedness lead him into troubles with the entire town and the law enforcement community while the endearing Remick and Margaret Rose watch in tender helpless desolation.
This movie belongs on the best-seller list with all the other oldies. It's a better one than most.
Don Murray is winning as the nice guy who stands by and watches helplessly as the drama unfolds. I kept hoping for a happier ending that would have involved him, but it didn't happen. The rest of the cast is fine. The cinematography is lovely.
The film gives a fine sense of life in a small town in Texas in the '50s. For that and the good performance of Remick I give it three stars.
Remick plays an old-fashioned sweet woman that is rare to see on screen these days. It was not a glamorous role, but I don't believe she's ever looked prettier. Her unspoiled daughter in this film was a nice kid, too.
If this film just wasn't so darn depressing at times, I would have kept it. I sold it, but now kind of wish I had it back. Maybe three viewings were enough. Then again, it does have McQueen (who sings!) and Remick, and those two keep drawing me back. Maybe I just keep hoping it will be better than it is; whatever, be prepared: the story is a downer.
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Seen before, but had forgotten it didn't end up well for Henry Thomas. Not so unlike early Elvis films except Steve couldn't sing & lip-sinking back then was quite primitive, but... Read morePublished 20 days ago by Kandy Langford
Watching Steve McQueen over act in this film made me feel embarrassed for him... especially in scenes with him mouthing songs and pretending to play the guitar like a spastic who... Read morePublished 1 month ago by blademan
Steve McQueen and Lee Remick..they should have made a dozen more films together. This is a vastly underrated piece, and it is excellent in very way. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Daniel G. Madigan
BABY, THE RAIN MUST FALL is an interesting if uneven character study with Steve McQueen as a man who cannot escape his demons from the past who set him on the wrong path in life. Read morePublished 6 months ago by gobirds2
I was surprised at the great job McQueen did with this role. He actually had a nice singing voice & learned just enough to make it look as if he was in control of the instrument. Read morePublished 6 months ago by monneblamb1301
Some of Steve McQueen's best. If you like Glenn Yarborough's singing, you will like this. Yes, THE LIMELITERS and their 3rd party singer!Published 12 months ago by ROD
Brilliant film, jewel of a movie. However the reception streaming it from amazon left much to be desired, There were constant tiny stops in the film, very uneven and annoying.Published 12 months ago by Mary Veal