Well written, smartly directed, and sensitively performed, RAIN MAN depicts the one-sided relationship between two brothers. A self-centered Los Angeles hustler Charlie Babbitt (Tom Cruise) and the older Raymond (Dustin Hoffman), a mentally challenged resident of a home for the mentally disabled.
Charlie never knew of his existence, until the day he returns home from Los Angeles to attend his father's funeral. He is enraged by what has happened and by his father keeping Raymond's existence from him for his entire life. What angers him even more is when he learned about the last will of his father. In the will, his father left his fortune to his other brother, (an individual that doesn't even understand what money is for) while only he got nothing but his father's prized rose bushes and the vintage '49 Buick car.
As Charlie experiences a combination of confusion and anger, he takes his brother out of the hospital. Charlie has run into financial difficulties and is about to lose his exotic car dealership. Now wants to force Dr. Bruner to hand over what he feels is rightfully his. It's a nonsensical plan, but Charlie needs the money desperately. He's been on his own long enough to know how to work people and situations. At first this greatly alarms Charlie and he sees his brother as an obstacle in inheriting his father's fortune so he then decides to take his brother on a great adventure. He kidnaps Raymond from his residential home but then finds that Raymond will only fly Qantas. The two begin a long road trip that will lead them to an understanding and journey of discovery
As they make their way across the country, the emotionally unreachable Raymond becomes the catalyst for Charlie's transformation from a self-absorbed character incapable of intimacy into a caring and sympathetic adult. RAIN MAN rises above the banality of its concept--another buddy...