Rain Man A, B+
US/1988/Color/Widescreen, Anamorphic 1.85:1, PS
1.33:1/Stereo Surround, DD/Directed by Barry Levinson/Starring Dustin Hoffman, Tom
Cruise/MGM-UA/40 Chaps/Theatrical Trailer/$24.95
Plucking the pedals of this beautiful movie flower,
I keep alternating the mantra Hoffman/Cruise, Hoffman/Cruise. Both of these actors deliver
fantastic performances in Rain Man with equal levels of energy. Cruises energy
ignites full blast. Its a beauty of a jet engine. Hoffmans contained energy is
equally powerful, a powerful cradle of magma hidden under the crust of a brilliant
Hustler Charlie Babbitt(Cruise) ensnared in the faulty mechanics of
an imported car deal is advised of his fathers death. Arriving at his
childhood home for the funeral and reading of the will, Charlie discovers not only
that hes been disinherited, but he has a brother living in a home for the
mentally retarded. Charlie, looking for a way to claim the inheritance, grabs his older
brother Raymond(Hoffman) and embarks on a cross country odyssey back to Los Angeles in his
fathers 1949 Buick convertible. Raymond, a lot more than Charlie bargained for,
turns out to be an idiot savant. The permutations of the trip are endlessly engaging,
highlighted by Raymonds mathematical miracles.
Barry Levinson mines gold from the script by Ronald Bass and Barry
Morrow like a savvy prospector. Levinson tracks the progress of the Babbitt brothers with
great affection and respect. The Hans Zimmer score reinforces the mood and John Seale
provides the excellent photography for the varied sections of the film.
Rain Man won the Academy Award for Best Picture and Best
Screenplay of 198, Levinson Best Director and Hoffman Best Actor. Its an
inspirational film that should not be missed.
Rain Man is a fine DVD. Color might be slightly restrained and
perhaps sharpness is rolled off slightly, but the overall impact is very cinematic.
Three dimensional ambiance results from the excellent sound track.