Year of Release: 1988
Director: Barry Levinson
Approx. Running Time: 134 minutes
My Rating: 4 stars (Out of 5)
From Back Cover:
WINNER OF FOUR ACADEMY AWARDS, INCLUDING BEST PICTURE!
"Funny, heartbreaking, tender and complex!"
-The Hollywood Reporter
Dustin hoffman is a "triumph" (People) in an Oscar-winning role, and Tom Cruise is "terrific" (ABC Radio) in a film that's "fascinating, touching and full of smart surprises" (Newsweek)!
Charlie Babbitt (Cruise) has just discovered he has an autistic brother named Raymond (Hoffman) and is now taking him on the ride of his life. Or is that the other way around? From his refusal to drive on major highways to a "four minutes to Wapner" meltdown at an Oklahoma farmhouse, Raymond first pushes hot-headed Charlie to the limits of his patience...and then pulls him completely out of his self-centered world! But what begins as an unsentimental journey for the Babbitt brothers becomes much more than the distance between two places - it's a connection between two vastly different people... and "a poignant, profound and powerful film" (Joel Siegel, ABC-TV)!
A classic movie and one that everybody needs to see at least once. It also stands as proof that, even though Tom Cruise is not a great actor, when he's good, he's very, very good. Too bad he's not consistent and is a nutjob to boot.
Rated R (MPAA)
1988 (Year of Release)