Lunchtime Movie Review

Rain Man (1988)

Episode #94

MGM released Rain Man to theaters on December 16, 1988; grossing $412.8M worldwide. Barry Levinson directs the film starring Dustin Hoffman, Tom Cruise, and Valeria Golino.

Rain Man Movie Summary

Rain Man is a story about Charlie Babbitt (Tom Cruise). Before Rain Main, Cruise played Brian Flanagan in Cocktail, Vincent in the Color of Money, and Maverick in Top Gun. In the words of Archie Bunker, he played a mick, a wop, and a regular American.

Aside from showing virtuosity with ethnically diverse characters, in 1988 Cruise was the quintessential Hollywood matinee idol. He was also a victim of typecasting. It seemed that Hollywood wanted Cruise to reprise his role in Risky Business interminably; the young, handsome, cocky, self-centered hustler who must desperately raise a lot of money.

For his role in Rain Man, Cruise shows off his range; playing a character that’s a departure from his Hollywood typecasting; one as a young, handsome, cocky, self-centered hustler who must desperately raise a lot of money.

Now about Charlie Babbitt’s back story: Charlie’s mother died when he was two; his father Sanford never remarried, and he was very distant with his son. At the age of 16, Charlie took his father’s beloved 1949 Buick Roadmaster convertible without permission. Charlie Babbitt claimed that he earned the clandestine joyride by getting straight A’s.

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MGM released Rain Man to theaters on December 16, 1988; grossing $412.8M worldwide. Barry Levinson directs the film starring Dustin Hoffman, Tom Cruise, and Valeria Golino.

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