Review: Charlie Babbitt has just been informed that his estranged father has just died but also finds out that he has a brother named Raymond who he never knew he had and who is autistic. Charlie Babbitt also finds out that his father has left Raymond a fortune of money and a pittance to Charlie. He goes to meet Raymond in a institution and they travel cross-country together.
Director: Barry Levinson
Actors: Dustin Hoffman, Tom Cruise and Valeria Golino
Genre: Adventure and Drama
Thought I would start off by saying that Dustin Hoffman’s performance is outstanding. I also think that this is Tom Cruise’s best performance that he has ever given in a role like this. It as much Dustin Hoffman’s film as it is Tom Cruise’s. Dustin Hoffman wasn’t sure about this film and his own acting and into 3 weeks into the film, Hoffman wanted to quit. I found there to be so many moving scenes especially where Charlie’s character realizes that his brother is not faking his disability and also we see that Charlie is becoming more sympathetic towards his brother. We see a slight change in him. I have been thinking a lot about this film since watching it and you can argue about both of the different sides of the story. You don’t know which character to feel sorry for the most. The Motel in which Charlie and Raymond stayed in has been demolished but after the film people would telephone the motel and request to stay in their room which was #117. Fantastic music by composer Hans Zimmer plus this was his first score for a Hollywood production. The film is very believable, often hilarious and very entertaining. Barry Levinson has done a fantastic job of directing this film and also handles it with great care and sympathy. Both Jack Nicholson and Robert De Niro turned down the part of Raymond. At the Academy Awards in 1989 this won 4 Oscars. They were for Best Picture, Best Actor in a Leading Role (Dustin Hoffman), Best Director and Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen. At the Golden Globe Awards also in 1989 it won Best Motion Picture – Drama and for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama (Dustin Hoffman).