This listing is for Rain Man VHS Tom Cruise Dustin Hoffman Academy Award Winner.
Actors: Dustin Hoffman, Tom Cruise, Valeria Golino, Gerald R. Molen, Jack Murdock
Directors: Barry Levinson
Writers: Barry Morrow, Ronald Bass
Producers: Gerald R. Molen, David McGiffert, Gail Mutrux, Jon Peters, Mark Johnson
Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Original recording reissued, NTSC
Rated: R - Restricted
Number of tapes: 1
Studio: MGM/UA Home Video
VHS Release Date: 1988
Run Time: 134 minutes
Rain Man is the kind of touching drama that Oscars are made for--and, sure enough, the film took Academy honors for best picture, director, screenplay, and actor (Dustin Hoffman) in 1988. Hoffman plays Raymond, an autistic savant whose late father has left him $3 million in a trust. This gets the attention of his materialistic younger brother, a hot-shot LA car dealer named Charlie (Tom Cruise) who wasn't even aware of Raymond's existence until he read his estranged father's will. Charlie picks up Raymond and takes him on a cross-country journey that becomes a voyage of discovery for Charlie, and, perhaps, for Raymond, too. Rain Man will either captivate you or irritate you (Raymond's sputtering of repetitious phrases is enough to drive anyone crazy), but it is obviously a labor of love for those involved. Hoffman had been attached to the film for many years, as various directors and writers came and went, but his persistence eventually paid off--kind of like Raymond in Las Vegas. Look for director Barry Levinson in a cameo as a psychiatrist near the end of the film.
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