Rain Man Special

Teruko Okabe 1989/03/22



Rain Man is a 1988 American movie directed by Barry Levinson. The movie tells the story of Charlie Babbitt (played by Tom Cruise), a self-centered and ambitious businessman who is trying to make it big in the world of car dealing. After the death of his estranged father, Charlie learns that he has been left out of the family fortune, which has instead been given to an older brother he never knew existed ? Raymond Babbitt (played by Dustin Hoffman).

Raymond is an autistic savant with extraordinary mental abilities but difficulty with social interaction. Charlie decides to take advantage of this situation and attempts to use Raymond’s abilities to win back what he believes is rightfully his from his father’s estate.

The two brothers embark on a journey across America as they try to bond and understand each other better. Through their travels, we learn about Raymond’s unique abilities such as having outstanding memory skills, being able to count cards effortlessly, and having exceptional math skills.

Charlie takes advantage of Raymond’s abilities at first but gradually realizes that his brother deserves more than just being used for financial gain. Over time, Charlie begins to have genuine affection for his brother and starts advocating for Raymond’s rights.

As they continue their journey across America, they encounter various challenges such as difficulties with transportation due to Raymond’s particular needs, social issues resulting from his condition, and disagreements over how best to handle their relationship.

Finally, after going through several roadblocks and facing adversity together, Charlie comes to realize that he loves his brother despite all their differences and fights for him even when it threatens his business aspirations.

Rain Man was groundbreaking in bringing awareness about autism into popular culture. The performances of both Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman were exceptional in portraying characters who were complex yet relatable at the same time. It won four Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Director (Barry Levinson), Best Original Screenplay (Ronald Bass & Barry Morrow), and Best Actor (Dustin Hoffman). The movie continues to inspire and educate viewers to this day.




Rain Man is a 1988 American drama film directed by Barry Levinson and stars Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman. The film tells the story of Charlie Babbitt (Tom Cruise), a hot-shot car dealer who discovers that his father has left his fortune to an autistic brother, Raymond (Dustin Hoffman), whom he never knew existed. The movie portrays the relationship between Charlie and Raymond as they travel together, and it explores the themes of family, disability, and redemption.

The film’s brilliant screenplay was written by Ronald Bass and Barry Morrow, which won them an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay in 1989. The characters are crafted with such depth that they feel like real people rather than mere caricatures. The character of Raymond in particular is a masterful portrayal of autism - Dustin Hoffman’s performance is nothing short of breathtaking, earning him an Oscar for Best Actor in a Leading Role.

One of the most striking aspects of Rain Man is how it handles its subject matter with sensitivity and respect. It never sensationalizes or belittles the character of Raymond or his condition but instead presents him as a complex human being deserving of dignity and understanding. This approach elevates the film from simply being a road-trip comedy-drama to something far more profound.

The film’s cinematography is also noteworthy; it captures each scene with care, whether it be on the dusty roads traveling through America or inside luxurious hotels. One memorable scene shows Charlie teaching Raymond how to dance in their hotel room while “Beyond the Sea” plays softly in the background ? this moment perfectly captures both characters’ personalities, showcasing their joy and freedom from expectations.

Furthermore, Rain Man features one of Hans Zimmer’s most iconic scores that perfectly complements each scene’s mood without ever overwhelming it. His use of piano melodies adds to the emotional resonance present throughout the movie.

Perhaps what makes Rain Man a masterpiece is the way it delves into the characters’ emotional journeys. Through Charlie’s interaction with Raymond, we see his growth and transformation as he learns to appreciate people for who they are rather than what they can do for him.

In conclusion, Rain Man is an unforgettable film that tackles themes of disability and family with heart and intelligence. With its outstanding screenplay, memorable performances, stunning cinematography, beautiful music score, and relatable story, it has rightfully earned its place in American cinema history.



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As a child, I was moved by the movie “The Bad News Bears Go to Japan” where Japanese professional baseball players and American actors performed in front of a large audience. This made me fall in love with the movie. This blog is my review of the movie that I actually saw. Please use it as a reference when renting movies.

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Editor Teruko Okabe
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For a long time, in between housework,
I would go to the movie theater to watch films and then write reviews of the movies in a diary which I stored away in a closet.
When I showed these reviews to Azesan, he suggested turning them into a website.
I am grateful for this wonderful opportunity. I may be nearing the end of my life, but if reading my reviews can move the hearts of younger people,
I think that would be wonderful.
It may even become a catalyst for various realizations and changes in their lives moving forward.

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