What do you know about the movie "Rain Man"?

By: J. Reinoehl
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About This Quiz

"Rain Man" took many years to arrive in theaters, but it was worth the wait. Its in-depth look at autism won the movie four Oscars. How well do you remember "Rain Man"? Find out by taking this quiz.

What was the name of the facility where Raymond lived?

"This is not my room. This is definitely not my room. Have to go back to Wallbrook for dinner."

What did Charlie do for a living?

The film's director wanted to show how people are obsessed with material goods. That's why he has a sports car floating almost fantasy-like through the air with a backdrop of smog at the beginning of the movie.

Why couldn’t Charlie sell the four Lamborghinis at the beginning of the movie?

"I’m still sitting on four Lamborghinis that can’t meet the smog emissions standards. Now, how many times you wash out with EPA?"

What did Sanford Babbitt leave Raymond?

For the scenes in the mental institution, the director recruited patients from a nearby institution and then allowed them to do what made them happy while he recorded them. This allowed the director find the moments that worked the best for the film, while maintaining its sense of realism.

Finish the quote: “Listen, I don’t want to be demanding here, but could you possibly say—I don’t know—ten or twelve words before we get to the hotel? ____________________.”

“Listen, I don’t want to be demanding here, but could you possibly say—I don’t know—ten or twelve words before we get to the hotel? Consider it foreplay.”

When Raymond was nervous, which famous sketch did he recite?

The director wanted to stay away from strings in the score to prevent the movie from becoming too melodramatic. Instead, a steady percussion plays in the background throughout the movie -- a nod to the rhythmic fascination autistic people have.

Where was Charlie taking Susanna for the weekend when he found out his father had died?

“Ready for Palm Springs?” “Charlie, you still want to go with all these problems?”

How were Raymond and Charlie related?

Gerald R. Molen (born January 6, 1935) is known as a producer for great films such as Jurassic Park," "Schindler’s List," and "Twister." He was the production manager on "Rain Man" and filled in reading the role of Dr. Bruner when the director couldn’t find someone for the part. He read the role so naturally that he was also hired to act in the production.

In which city did Sanford Babbitt live?

“I’m sorry. The funeral is tomorrow in Cincinnati.”

What did Charlie call Raymond when he was little?

The director would constantly focus the film on light patterns, shapes, and noises. He did this to help place the audience in Raymond’s mind.

What object needed to be on the table before Raymond got his pancakes?

"’Course, the problem is the maple syrup is not here… Maple syrup is supposed to be on the table before the pancakes."

Who played Raymond Babbitt?

Dustin Hoffman (born August 8, 1937) did in-depth research to play his role, but still struggled with it at the beginning of filming. Once he nailed the character, they had to go back and reshoot some scenes, such as the one where Charlie and Raymond first met as adults.

What lie did Charlie tell Susanna to convince her it was okay to take Raymond away from the facility?

“We’re brothers. Dr. Bruner wants us to spend time together. We’re gonna have some fun.”

Why did they get stuck in Missouri?

The scene with the rain showed the turning point in the relationship. Charlie was the ultimate con man, but he was unable to con his brother. Raymond, the older brother, became in charge of the relationship from that point forward.

With what was Raymond diagnosed?

"Well, he’s an autistic savant… They have certain deficiencies, certain abilities. "

What utensil did Raymond prefer when eating?

The director wanted to show how the constant demands inflicted on Charlie as he was forced to meet Raymond’s needs changed and matured his character. One way this is evident in the film is when Charlie orders, the “closest thing” to tapioca pudding in one of the first scenes” but by the final scene, reassures Raymond there is maple syrup on the table before the pancakes are served.

How did Raymond respond when Charlie said, "I’m using Raymond? Raymond—Raymond, am I using you? Am I using you, Raymond?"

"Yeah." “Shut up! He is answering a question from a half-hour ago!”

Which airline was the only airline Raymond would board?

Qantas actually was in seven accidents (some fatal) prior to 1952. However, it has never had a fatal accident since that time (as of 2017). It is one of the several worldwide airlines that have not had fatal accidents since the invention of jet airplanes.

Finish the quote: "It’s a routine between Abbott and Costello, but when you do it, you’re not funny. You’re like the comedy of _____________________."

“Yo—yo, this is not—it’s not a riddle. I mean you’re never gonna figure out who’s on first base because Who is on first base. That’s a joke, Ray. It’s comedy—it’s comedy man. It’s a routine between Abbott and Costello, but when you do it, you’re not funny. You’re like the comedy of Abbott and Abbott.”

How much did Raymond think a candy bar cost?

Kim Peek (1951-2009), the real-life savant on whom Raymond’s character was based, was not autistic, but most savants are. Peek was born without a connection between the two hemispheres of his brain (the corpus callosum was missing), and many think that is why his memory was so impressive. Peek was great at memorizing facts and statistics, but unlike Raymond, he could not do even the simplest math.

Charlie tried to con a farmer’s wife so Raymond could watch which show while they were on the road?

"I’m sorry ma’am, I lied to you. I’m very sorry about that. That man right there is my brother, and if he doesn’t get to watch "People’s Court" in about thirty seconds, he’s gonna throw a fit right here on your porch. Now, you can help me, or you can stand there and watch it happen."

Why did Raymond initially get sent to the institution?

The writer envisioned Raymond and Charlie only a few years apart in age and expected Gene Hackman or Jack Nicholson to play the role of the younger brother to Dustin Hoffman’s Raymond. The scene with the two in Italian suits finally convinced him he had been wrong and Cruise was appropriate for the part.

How did Charlie use Raymond to get money?

"Batemen wants his down payment back. They all do. That’s 80 thou, Charlie."

How much money did Charlie need to pay back the down payments for the Lamborghinis?

Ronald Bass was called in to help rewrite the script, but he had chicken pox at the time. Because Dustin Hoffman’s wife was pregnant, he had to do all his collaboration over the phone.

What was the name of the woman who came on to Raymond in the Vegas bar?

“My name is Iris. Raymond, do you like me?”

Where did Charlie let Raymond drive?

The script initially called for a lovable, low-intelligence savant. However, Dustin Hoffman believed Raymond should be autistic. The actor believed that the story would be more compelling if Charlie could learn to love a brother who refused affection.

What did Charlie have to teach Raymond before his “date”?

"With a date, learn to dance. Definitely. Now."

Where did Raymond finally have his “date”?

Valeria Golino (born October 22, 1965) was hired to give the audience a character with whom they could relate. Primarily an Italian actress, she has appeared in "Hot Shots," "Escape from L. A.," "Leaving Las Vegas", and "Frida."

How did Raymond feel about his kiss?

"How was that?” “Wet.”

Which actor portrayed Charlie Babbitt?

Tom Cruise (born July 3, 1962) has been nominated for three Oscars—for "Magnolia," for "Jerry Maguire," and "Born on the Fourth of July." Although "Rain Man" won four Oscars and was nominated for four more, Cruise was not nominated for his work in the film.

Finish the quote: “Have you taken any _____________________?”

"Have you taken any prescription medication?" “He likes you. That’s just his way of showing it.”

What made Raymond upset when Charlie was asleep in his home?

"Rain Man" underwent several changes in directors before Barry Levinson took over. The Guild writer’s strike of 1988 almost further delayed the movie, but writer Ronald Bass delivered his handwritten final script early in the morning, only a few hours before the Guild was scheduled to begin the strike.

Raymond says C-H-A-R-L-I-E was his main man at the end of the movie, but who was his main man in the beginning of it?

" Uh, oh! Uh, oh, V-E-R-N! V-E-R-N! Homes! What's happenin' homes!"

What was shown during the closing credits?

Before the 1960s, brief credits were shown at the beginning of a film, and most films only had “The End” at their conclusion. "Around the World in 80 Days" (1956) was the first film without any opening credits at all, and an elaborate closing credit sequence that provided a movie recap.

What was Raymond’s favorite store in which to shop before meeting Charlie?

"I get my boxer shorts at K-mart in Cincinnati... 400 Oak Street… —it’s Oak and Burnett in Cincinnati. It’s K-mart."

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