1001 Club - Rain Man (1988)

#820. Rain Man (1988)

#820. Rain Man (1988)

Why It's In The Book: “Numerous writers and directors had tinkered with the script of Rain Man before director Barry Levinson came on board. Many believed the story… just too difficult to bring to the screen. Even the film’s eventual stars, Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise, seemed worried about the movie’s outcome when they dubbed it ‘Two Schmucks in a Car’ during shooting.


Levinson luckily didn’t balk at the idea of making a film with little dramatic story, instead focusing on the human development that is at the picture’s heart. Hoffman captures his character’s autism without going overboard on the nervous tics, but most impressive here is Cruise, who holds his own alongside a more experienced actor and expertly depicts a shallow man who finally finds some depth in his life.” -1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die

Member Ratings

Lindsey - 9/10
"Both Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman did exceptional jobs portraying their characters.  That really made the difference in this film."
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Squish - 8.5/10
"One new thing I learned after this recent viewing is that the EPA is the antagonist of Rain Man."
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Adolytsi - 8/10
"...A delightful film with a fantastic portrayal of the mentally handicapped and their relationship with the outside world, and their family."
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Chip Lary - 8/10
"It’s not often that a film is both popular with movie audiences and critically acclaimed, but Rain Man was."
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Marie_Dressler - 8/10
"There are not enough uplifting movies out there. This is an excellent one."
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Movie Guy Steve - 8/10
"Rain Man might be a bit sappy at times, a bit too emotionally on the nose, but it still plays well, particularly with its downbeat/upbeat, realistic ending."
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Nicolas Krizan - 8/10
"one of the most famous – and most odd – road trip duos ever"
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Michaël Parent - 7/10
"Much like other Academy Awards winner for Best Actor, like Forrest Gump for instance, Rain Man is about an actor portraying mental illness and making us believe in it."
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Thomas Ostrowski - 7/10
"Look, it's a good movie, but I'm already living it in some aspects."
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Overall Rating: 7.9/10


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