RAIN MAN (15)
D: Barry Levinson
United Artists/Guber-Peters (Mark Johnson)
W: Ronald Bass & Barry Morrow
DP: John Seale
Ed: Stu Linder
Mus: Hans Zimmer
PD: Ida Random
Cos: Bernie Pollack
Dustin Hoffman (Raymond Babbitt), Tom Cruise (Charlie Babbitt), Valeria Golino (Susanna), Jerry Molen (Dr. Bruner), Jack Murdock (John Mooney), Michael Roberts (Vern), Ralph Seymour (Lenny), Lucinda Jenney (Iris), Bonnie Hunt (Sally Dibbs)
Possibly the most well-known Hollywood mainstream picture to deal with the subject of autism and it does a fantastic job with it's source material.
The film was the biggest box office success of 1988, went on to win the Oscar for Best Picture and is amongst the biggest films of the decade. It all works particularly well due to the performances and partnership of Tom Cruise and (especially) Dustin Hoffman. Credit also belongs to director Barry Levinson, who never allows the pace of the film to drag or become overly sentimental or unconvincing.
Tom Cruise plays arrogant, egotistical and avaricious car salesman Charlie Babbitt, who, upon hearing of his father's death, becomes incensed that he's been left a pittance of the inheritance while the majority goes to an unnamed heir who Charlie soon discovers is his autistic brother who he has little to no memory of.
Charlie abducts his brother and the two journey on a road trip from Baltimore to California where the animosity and resentment between them transforms into patience, understanding and brotherly love and the two develop a deep emotional bond and close-knit relationship against the odds, even sweeping up on the Black Jack tables in a stopover in Vegas due to Raymond's mathematical genius and eidetic memory.
A must-watch movie, not only for educational enrichment, but also for its dramatic narrative focusing on the growing relationship between two long-lost family members.