Rain Man

“97X! Bam… the future of rock ‘n’ roll.”

Quick! Name the top movie of 1988.

Die Hard? Who Framed Roger Rabbit? Big? Nope, nope, and nope.

The biggest movie (by far, actually) of 1988 was a high-brow, Oscar-friendly drama about a self-centered jerk who discovers he has an autistic-savant older brother.

I don’t know about you, but that just doesn’t have the same ring to it as “Bruce Willis fights terrorists in an LA skyscraper”, but when the dust settled, Rain Man had blown its competition out of the water… more than doubling Die Hard‘s box office take.

Sure, both movies starred big-time actors in their prime (Cruise and Willis) and both flicks have long-since endured, particularly due to ubiquitous catch-phrases (“I’m an excellent driver” and “Yipee-Kay-Yay…”), but that’s pretty much where the similarities end.

Rain Man is the simple story of a cross-country car trip, but it’s also a moving tale about family, acceptance, and love. And it’s just as sweet a movie now as it was back in 1988.

And it did a lot more than just entertain us. It also opened a lot of the world’s eyes to the existence of autism (particularly savants).

As if its colossal ($172M) box office take weren’t enough, Rain Man had a pretty nice night at the Oscars, too. Hoffman easily took Best Actor, Barry Levinson won Best Director, Ronald Bass and Barry Morrow won best Screenplay, and then, to close out the night, Rain Man walked away with Best Picture of the Year.

From that opening toothpick scene in the diner ("82, 82, 82.") through to the hilarious visit to Vegas ("We're counting cards."), it doesn't get much better than this for quality motion pictures.

K-Mart may indeed 'suck', Ray… but Rain Man? Well…

We ♥ Rain Man.

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~ by weheart80s on May 23, 2011.

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