Charles Sanford "Charlie" Babbit is a self-centered Los Angeles-based automobile dealer/hustler/bookie who is at war with his own life. Charlie, as a young teenager, used his father's 1949 Buick convertible without permission and as a result, he went to jail for two days on account that his father reported it stolen. It is then that Charlie learns that his estranged father died and left him from his last will and testament a huge bed of roses and the car while the remainder will of $3 Million goes into a trust fund to be distributed to someone. Charlie seemed pretty angry by this and decides to look into this matter. It seems as if that "someone" is Raymond, Charlie's unknown brother, an autistic savant who lives in a world of his own, resides at the Walbrook Institute. Charlie then kidnaps Raymond and decides to take him on a lust for life trip to the west coast as a threat to get the $3 Million inheritance. Raymond's acts and nagging, including repeated talks of "Abbott & Costello",...Written by
Christopher Howell (Ckhowell75360@aol.com)
The Amarillo, Texas motel scene was actually filmed at the Big 8 Motel in El Reno, Oklahoma. The motel maintained the sign used in the film that read: "Amarillo's Finest".Before the motel closed down, guests sometimes requested to stay in the same room where Raymond and Charlie stayed, room #117. The motel has since been demolished. See more »
According to the EPA's 420 publication, Importing Vehicles and Engines into the United States, in 1998 the EPA allowed owners a one-time exemption for importing their foreign cars into the U.S. The EPA does not meet car buyers at the docks, and the idea that Charlie would have had to have the engine modifications right there is ridiculous. Charlie could have easily gotten his one-time EPA waiver for his four Lamborghini's; thus, his having to pay a $10,000 modification for each car before leaving the dock is completely without merit. In the worst case, at the time Charlie could have taken delivery of the vehicles and sold them to the prospective owners, the latter of which was THEIR responsibility to follow EPA guidelines, since Charlie was only a middleman, a broker, which could have also had any required modifications deferred to a later time. Consequently, Charlie's constant and frantic phone calls back to his home base about the cars "becoming legal" were totally unnecessary. See more »
Now it's five and a half weeks and I'm still sitting on four Lamborghinis that can't meet spot emissions standards. Now, how many times you wash out with EPA?
[on a separate line]
Uh, yes sir, they're finally, uh, clearing EPA; uh, just one or two more days.
Three times? You're really on a roll here, my friend; four cars, three times each - that's zip for twelve. What are you, a... mechanic, or a NASA engineer? Now listen, now, I told you I've never dealt with these ...
See more »
Throughout the movie, Raymond is taking pictures. The pictures that he takes are shown as the background for the credits. See more »
Most airline versions of the film completely cut out the discussion of crash statistics. The reference to Qantas being the only international airline to have a perfect service record was deleted from the in-flight version of the movie by all international airlines except for Qantas. See more »
I was thinking of the way different movies seem to be good. Some have lots of action, others a bunch of special-effects. But then it strikes you, that what represents real depth, real quality is when a movie can be good without those features. When it's the dialogue, the story and the acting that strikes you. This film has really only two characters, all others play only minor roles (Cruise's girlfriend has some importance though). Two characters basically, and one dialogue - that's all you need when you've got a script as good as this, and two such great actors. Only that is brilliant. But this film also has such fine, very true episodes, small stories in the larger film. One example is when Ray watches court TV with the working class woman and her many children out in the countryside...it's such a fine picture, just outstanding. ALL IN ALL A GREAT FILM!
74 of 96 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?
| Report this