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On board were three actors who brought a searing truth to the project: Shirley Knight as Natalie and future stars of The Godfather James Caan and Robert Duvall as the lonely men who bring tenderness and tragedy Natalie's way. What they and Coppola brought our way is a movie that still touches us a generation later.
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According to Jimmy 'Killer' Kilgannon, "rain people" are normal-sized folks who are made of raindrops; when they cry themselves out, the rain people disappear.
Natalie Ravenna (Knight) is pregnant and panicked. Feeling trapped, Nat flees her Long Island marriage to Vinny (Modica--voice only) and hits the road to points unknown. She picks up an attractive young crewcut-topped hitchhiker. 'Killer' Kilgannon (Caan) played varsity football until a severe head injury left him brain-disabled. Killer remained at the college, raking leaves for them until he was given $1000 and told to go away.
Feeling sympathy for this sweet but simple-minded fellow, Natalie offers a ride to West Virginia, where Killer believes his ex-girlfriend's dad has a drive-in theater job waiting for him. When they arrive unannounced, Ellen (Crews) tells her father not to hire Killer and she rudely demands that he and Nat leave.
Natalie abandons Killer in Chattanooga, but has second thoughts. Continuing west, they stop at a small Nebraska town, where Nat finds a utility job for Killer at a reptile zoo. His new employer, Mr. Alfred (Aldredge) convinces the young man to hand over all his cash for safekeeping.Read more ›
Pregnent Natalie leaves her husband in New York and picks up a hitch-hicker. Killer, James Caan, is a ex-football player who has a brain injury. Despite several attempts to find him a job and board on the road, Killer is a lost soul--a man-child with no purpose. Natalie, unwittingly, becomes his care taker. Natalie is running scared, however, and is conflicted about her role.
This is absolutley a charactor driven film. The plot is simple and would be mondane if it not for the interaction between the charactors. Watching how Killer connects himself to Natale and how she wants to let him go but can't makes a fascinating dynamic. He wants to find a place to belong but knows he can't. She wants to be free, but does not have the heart to abandon him. This conflict is the thread that makes the film work.
Unlike Easy Rider or even Five Easy Pieces, Rain People is not a bohemian journey. These people are running scared, not looking to find themselves. The road is not a charactor as in many of this period's films. Rain People has little to do with what was happening in 1969. It just happened to be made that year.
Francis Ford Coppola filmed Rain People with a small scope: lots of close ups, lots of long scenes in the car, and dialouge which has the intimacy of real conversation. The flims late 60s, up close cinamatic style almost gives the feel of watching a documentry, and one that puts you in the car with these two decent but sad drifters.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
James Caan ad Shirley Knight did a superb job in this movie. I am late to be finally viewing it but am so glad that I did. Read morePublished 16 months ago by E. Ervin
I wish they would still make movies like this "a lost gem". Love itPublished 17 months ago by Philippe Richert
A young woman who doesn't know her own mind leaves disaster wherever she goes. The Rain People is one of those sixties movies, slow and laborious at times; it has nudity and... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Miss Vicky
Looking at "The Rain People" you would never believe that the people who made this film ultimately would go on to fame and fortune. Read morePublished on May 30, 2013 by Dr. James Gardner
I had seen this when it was released and thought I'd get it to see it again (not available on Netflix - now I know why). Read morePublished on December 28, 2012 by Pamm Mosey