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The Rain People (1969)

R | | Drama | 27 August 1969 (USA)
When a housewife finds out she is pregnant, she runs out of town looking for freedom to reevaluate her life decisions.
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
James Caan ... Kilgannon
Shirley Knight ... Natalie
Robert Duvall ... Gordon
Marya Zimmet Marya Zimmet ... Rosalie
Tom Aldredge ... Mr. Alfred
Laura Crews Laura Crews ... Ellen (as Laurie Crews)
Andrew Duncan ... Artie
Margaret Fairchild Margaret Fairchild ... Marion
Sally Gracie Sally Gracie ... Beth
Alan Manson Alan Manson ... Lou
Robert Modica Robert Modica ... Vinny
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Having discovered that she is pregnant, Natalie Ravenna, a Long Island housewife panics and leaves home to see if she might just possibly have made something different out of herself; if she can manage to unshackle her grocery list worth of responsibilities that add up to a life with a husband she loves. In a motel room where Natalie stops to rest during the day, she sits motionless on the bed, and experiences the exuberance of complete freedom and the queasy feelings of new beginnings. Natalie continues on with her journey and picks up a young hitch-hiker named Killer, an attractive brain-damaged football player. It is through Killer that a more disturbing question is posed to Natalie than that of domestic responsibility. How deeply are we wedded to chance meetings and are we responsible for the crimes that we witness? Written by alfiehitchie

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Her hang-ups weren't much...Just a husband and a baby on the way. See more »

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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 August 1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Liebe niemals einen Fremden See more »

Filming Locations:

Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA See more »

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Budget:

$750,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

George Lucas directed two making-of projects on this film: the short Filmmaker (1968) and Filmmaker (1968). See more »

Quotes

Gordon: You are in some kind of trip?
Natalie Ravenna: Yes.
Gordon: Where?
Natalie Ravenna: West.
Gordon: Where West? California?
Natalie Ravenna: Yes.
Gordon: Why California?
Natalie Ravenna: It's the far west I can go.
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Rain-washed Heartbreaker!
10 July 2004 | by shepardjessicaSee all my reviews

Early Coppola with sublime cast that most folks never got to see (a pity). There's some wonderful things going on in this one - Shirley Knight's best performance (an underrated actress), a road trip in the late 1960's, James Caan very restrained and moving, Robert Duvall in a part he was born to play (edgy, lonely, motorcycle cop), and a touching script with F. Coppola behind the wheel.

If this had been made five years LATER by some nobody, it would have been a smash (so much for timing). Anyway, I recommend this to all people who don't need outer-space explosions and bad mother-in-law jokes or a billion dollar budget to sit for a few hours and watch a story unfold. Give this one a chance if you can find it!


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