Academy Awards 1988 -
Best Director: Barry Levinson
Academy Awards 1988 -
Best Original Screenplay: Barry Morrow & Ronald Bass
Academy Awards 1988 -
New York Times - 12/16/1988
"...[For] Hoffman, RAIN MAN is a star's dream of a role....A becomingly modest, decently thought-out, sometimes funny film..."
Los Angeles Times - 12/16/1988
"...Hoffman makes all this hypnotically interesting..."
USA Today - 09/01/1989
"...Dustin Hoffman, unforgettable as an autistic savant, again makes you wonder how many milestones one actor can accrue in a career..."
Total Film - 07/01/2000
"...Hoffman steals the show..."
Entertainment Weekly - 02/13/2004
"Fifteen years after it won Best Picture, Barry Levinson's fable still resonates."
Total Film - 07/01/2006
"Cruise gets serious, showing a generous willingness to play straight man to a flashier performance."
Callous hustler Charlie Babbitt (Tom Cruise) is busy working on his next deal when he receives word that his estranged father has died. After traveling back to Ohio from Los Angeles for the funeral, Charlie is miffed to find that although he will receive a vintage Buick from his father's estate, he isn't getting a cent of the three-million-dollar fortune. Instead, Charlie finds that the money has been left to the caretakers of his institutionalized autistic brother, Raymond (Dustin Hoffman). Once he gets over the shock of the existence of a brother of whom he seems to have no recollection, Charlie kidnaps Raymond and heads cross-country in the Buick in an attempt to get a cut of the inheritance to pay off some of his failing deals. However, during their adventure, Charlie not only learns how to deal with Raymond's many idiosyncrasies, but he also actually begins to care about his older brother, surprising even himself with his ability to love and his realization that money isn't necessarily the most important thing. Barry Levinson directs Ron Bass's script with impeccable timing and a wonderful sense of humor.
Description by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment:
Dustin Hoffman is a 'triumph (People) in an Oscar®-winning* role, and Tom Cruiseis 'terrific (ABC Radio) in a film that's fascinating, touching and full of smart surprises (Newsweek)! Charlie Babbitt (Cruise) has just discovered he has an autistic brother named Raymond (Hoffman) and is now taking him on the ride of his life. Or is it the other way around' From his refusal to drive on major highways to a four minutes to Wapner meltdown at an Oklahoma farmhouse, Raymond first pushes hot-headed Charlie to the limits of his patience and then pulls him completely out of his self-centered world! But what began as an unsentimental journey for the Babbitt brothers becomes much more than the distance between two placesit's a connection between two vastly different people and a poignant, profound and powerful film (Joel Siegel, ABC-TV)!
After their father dies, a smooth-talking businessman is reunited with his autistic older brother to whose caretakers his father left a fortune. Needing the money himself, he kidnaps him for a rocky cross-country drive only to discover the void his brother had filled in his empty childhood.
Character Study |
Essential Cinema |
Family Interaction |
Mental Illness |
Tear Jerker |
Theatrical Release |
Theatrical release: December 16, 1988.
Filmed on location in Cincinnati, Ohio; Oklahoma City, Hinto, El Reno, Guthrie, and Cogar, Oklahoma; Las Vegas, Nevada; Chicago, Illinois; Los Angeles, California; and Southgate, Kentucky.
Estimated budget: $25 million.
Academy Awards (4): Best Actor (Hoffman), Best Director, Best Pictire, Best Writing-Original Screenplay. Additional Academy Award nominations (4) for Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing, Best Music-Original Score.
Richard Price, David Rayfiel and Kurt Luedtke were uncredited authors on the screenplay.
Martin Brest was originally to direct, but he resigned over creative differences. Barry Levinson took over and shot the film in nine weeks.
Autistic behavior consultants on the film were: Bernard Rinland of the Institute for Child Behavior Research, San Diego, California; Darold A. Treffert of Brookside Medical Center, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin; Ruth C. Sullivan of the Autism Services Center, Huntington, West Virginia; Bodil Sivertsen of the Jay Nolan Center, Los Angeles, California; Peter E. Tanguay of UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute, Los Angeles, California; and Arnold M. Rosen of Gracie Square Hospital, New York, New York.
Began shooting May 2, 1988; completed shooting July 28, 1988. Shown at a benefit screening in Cincinnati, Ohio, December 13, 1988.
Shown in competition at the 1989 Berlin Film Festival February 19-20 and the 1989 Panorama of World Cinema in Sofia, Bulgaria, November 20-30.
Dustin Hoffman won the Italian David Award for Best Actor in a Foreign Film.