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The Rain People (1969)

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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Complete credited cast:
James Caan ... Jimmy Kilgannon - Killer
Shirley Knight ... Natalie Ravenna
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 Ravenna
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Storyline

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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Rain People don't run away from their hang-ups. Just themselves! 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

The parade scene was filmed in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on Veterans' Day. The students in the band were not aware of what was happening. In fact, you can read the lips of a majorette asking "Who was that guy?" as James Caan was weaving through the parade. See more »

Quotes

Natalie Ravenna: You are the most obedient man I've ever met in my life. Look at me. Aren't you?
Jimmy Kilgannon: Yes.
Natalie Ravenna: Aren't you?
Jimmy Kilgannon: Yes.
Natalie Ravenna: Aren't you?
Jimmy Kilgannon: Yes.
Natalie Ravenna: Aren't you?
Jimmy Kilgannon: Yes.
Natalie Ravenna: Alright.
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Coppola's first film aptly demonstrates emerging greatness
15 November 2004 | by lewgin-1See all my reviews

I have a letter from Ms. Knight, who went to college with my older sister. In it, she tells of the hardships of making this film. She, herself, was pregnant--an interesting conjunction with the movie's plot--and the novice director was unsure, fairly green, and having great difficulties with all the decisions, logistics, etc. They were on the move all the time, and it was a very difficult shoot.

The film, however, with a strong debut for James Caan, remains effective and affecting. It's a great showcase for the talent that Ms. Knight has demonstrated her entire career--on television, in movies and on the stage, where she won the Tony for "Kennedy's Children."

This film has aged well.


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