The Top 100 Inspirational Movies: 40 - 21
28 - Rain Man
Charles Sanford "Charlie" Babbit is an egocentric hustler at war with himself. As a rebellious teenager, he drove his authoritarian, millionaire father's spotless 1948 Buick Roadmaster convertible without permission and, as a result, sat in jail for two days when his father reported it stolen.
Charlie learns that his aloof father has died and left him only a flower bed and the detested car. The remaining millions go into a trust fund to care for Raymond, Charlie's autistic brother who lives at a private hospital in a world of his own. Feeling bilked out of his birthright, scheming to get the money, Charlie kidnaps Raymond and takes him on a wild ride across the California desert and then into the casinos of Las Vegas – a mad odyssey in which two strong wills soften and a bond forms between two vastly different brothers separated far too long.
Their cross-country journey in the Roadmaster is poignant, annoying, funny, and deeply moving, particularly as the increasingly tender Charlie learns why the “Rain Man” was sent away so many years ago.
~ Rob Kerby