It’s been over 30 years since Rain Man, the exciting, feel-good film about a selfish yuppie, Tom Cruise learns to be a better person thanks to his autistic savant brother, Dustin Hoffman opened on December 16, 1988. Before looking at the cast of Rain Man
Rain Man won four Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, Best Director, and Best Actor in a Leading Role for Hoffman. It was also nominated for cinematography, film editing, and score (Hans Zimmer’s first in Hollywood). Even with the beloved New Yorker critic Pauline Kael calling it “a piece of wet kitsch,” audiences ate it up. Rain Man was the highest-grossing film of 1988 at $172 million and in 2019 it’s still ranked in IMDB’s Top 250 films!
The film might have looked very different: Jack Nicholson and Robert De Niro both turned down the part and agents at CAA initially pictured Bill Murray as Raymond, with Hoffman as Charlie. Once cast, Hoffman spent time with the real savant who inspired Raymond, Kim Peeks. According to IMDB, Hoffman got to play Charlie anyway, since he and Cruise switched roles during rehearsal.
The leads remain two of the busiest actors in Hollywood, but what’s the rest of the Rain Man cast been up to in the last 30 years?