Tuesday, April 22, 2008
In this 1988 film, Tom Cruise plays Charlie Babbitt, a selfish, closed off man who goes to goes to Cincinnati when his father dies, and is angry to find he is not getting any money from the estate. He then finds out he has an autistic savant brother Raymond (played wonderfully by Dustin Hoffman), who lives in an institution. Charlie takes Raymond from the institution and hopes he can somehow get the money he is entitled to. As Raymond and Charlie travel cross country, Charlie is often infuriated at his brother, but gradually makes a connection with Raymond and comes to realize he has missed out on not knowing his brother before that week. This movie is funny in parts, but is very touching. Ultimately it's about the relationship between these brothers and how Charlie changes because of his brother. This movie won 4 Oscars--Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, Best Director, and Best Actor (Dustin Hoffman).