Rain Man debuted in December of 1988 and became the highest grossing film of that year. In the year following it would go on to win the People’s Choice Award, the Golden Bear, the 39th British International Film Festival Award and 4 Oscars; not including the other four it was nominated for.
Even though I was young at the time of it’s release, I remembered this movie. Dustin Hoffman, in his role as Raymond Babbit, was so exceptional that it would have been impossible not to. The story in it’s basic sense is about a self-centered man named Charlie Babbit (played by a young Tom Cruise) who, after his father dies, finds he has a brother to whom the inheritance was left. In his attempt to regain the inheritance, Charlie removes his brother Raymond from the psychiatric facility he had been living in to travel cross country to meet with his lawyer since Raymond has a fear of planes. Charlie soon learns that Raymond is Autistic and more importantly for him, he has superb recall and is excellent at mathematics. Faced with the fact that his Autism is not curable, Charlie uses Raymond’s skill in Vegas. Along the way Charlie finds out why he was unaware of Raymond’s existence and soon finds himself becoming protective of his brother who he realizes he truly loves. It is a story about family in the deepest sense; how deep the bond is between brothers. It is a remarkable movie with outstanding, exceptional acting that is only heightened by the Blu-ray experience.
If you love this movie, had once loved this movie or if you are a rare person that had never seen it… I entreat you to watch it on Blu-ray. Dustin Hoffman had won Best Oscar that year in 1989 for a very good reason and it’s superb technology gives such vivid appeal to his almost genuine character. Rain Man is, without a doubt, one of the most exceptional movies of our time.
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