Cover image for Rain man
Title:
Rain man
Author:
Hoffman, Dustin, 1937- , actor.
Uniform Title:
Rain man (Motion picture)
Publication Information:
[California] : MGM Home Entertainment, [2004]

©2004
Physical Description:
1 videodisc (approximately 134 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Summary:
A callous young hustler living in California finds his father has died and left him only rose bushes and a '49 Buick convertible. Feeling cheated out of what he thinks should be his 3 million dollar inheritance, he kidnaps the autistic brother he never knew he had, and takes him on the ride of his life.
General Note:
DVD; widescreen (1.85:1) presentation; Dolby 5.1 stereo surround.

English, French and Spanish language soundtracks and subtitles. Originally produced as a motion picture in 1988.

Originally produced as a motion picture in 1988.

Special features: deleted scenes; original featurette; audio commentaries by director Barry Levinson, screenwriter Ronald Bass, and screenwriter Barry Morrow; photo gallery; original theatrical trailer.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
Rated R.
ISBN:
9780792859673
UPC:
027616884169

027616068743
Format :
DVD

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Self-centered, avaricious Californian Charlie Babbitt (Tom Cruise) is informed that his long-estranged father has died. Expecting at least a portion of the elder Babbitt's $3 million estate, Charlie learns that all he's inherited is his dad's prize roses and a 1949 Buick Roadmaster. Discovering that the $3 million is being held in trust for an unidentified party, Charlie heads to his home town of Cincinnati to ascertain who that party is. It turns out that the beneficiary is Raymond Babbitt (Dustin Hoffman), the autistic-savant older brother that Charlie never knew he had. Able to memorize reams of trivia and add, subtract, multiply, and divide without a second's hesitation, Raymond is otherwise incapable of functioning as a normal human being. Aghast that Raymond is to receive his father's entire legacy, Charlie tries to cut a deal with Raymond's guardian. When this fails, Charlie "borrows" Raymond from the institution where he lives, hoping to use his brother as leverage to claim half the fortune. During their subsequent cross-country odyssey, Charlie is forced to accommodate Raymond's various autistic idiosyncracies, not the least of which is his insistence on adhering to a rigid daily schedule: he must, for example, watch People's Court and Jeopardy every day at the same time, no matter what. On hitting Las Vegas, Charlie hopes to harness Raymond's finely-honed mathematical skills to win big at the gaming tables; but this exploitation of his brother's affliction compels Charlie to reassess his own values, or lack thereof. A longtime pet project of star Dustin Hoffman, Rain Man was turned down by several high-profile directors before Barry Levinson took on the challenge of bringing Ronald Bass' screenplay to fruition (Levinson also appears in the film as a psychiatrist). All three men won Oscars, and the movie won Best Picture. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi