skip navigation
The Rain People

The Rain People(1969)

TCM Messageboards
Post your comments here
ADD YOUR COMMENT>

share:
Remind Me

TCMDb Archive MaterialsView all archives (0)

DVDs from TCM Shop

The Rain People A housewife who feels trapped... MORE > $11.99 Regularly $17.99 Buy Now

USER REVIEWS

user reviews

See Detailed Ratings
    Acting of Lead Performers
    Acting of Supporting Cast
    Director
    Music Score
    Title Sequence
  • No Ratings Available Add Yours Now
    Screenplay
    Cinematography
    Historical Importance
    Would You Recommend?
  • 0 Member Ratings

Add your ratings! Each of the detailed ratings you select will result in a cumulative score for this film.

You can also write a review by clicking here. Your review will then be posted for everyone to read.

Thank You!

We have received your ratings and calculated them into the overall user ratings for this title.

You can also write a review by clicking here. Your review will then be posted for everyone to read.

    Rate the acting of the Lead Performers
    Rate the acting of the Supporting Cast
    Rate the Director
    Rating of the Music Score
    Rating of the Title Sequence
    Screenplay
    Creatively uses the camera to tell the story
    Importance in Cinema history
    Would you recommend for fans of this genre
Submit Ratings Cancel Write a Review Read Reviews

*By submitting your contribution, you agree to TCM's Terms of Use. TCM will use your personal information consistent with our Privacy Policy

NO REVIEWS AVAILABLE

The title has not been reviewed. Be the first to write a review by clicking here to start.

  • pERFECTION

    • FiFI
    • 11/19/14

    vERY SELDOM DO WE GET A QUIET , SIMPLE, YET BEAUTIFUL film such as this. Shirly Knight is brilliant as a confused housewife searching for something that may not even exist.Jimmy Caan is adequet as a simple minded jock and Duvall delivers as usual. But this is some of Knights best work. The mood in this movie is incredible. Apparently filmed in 17 states, you get a real feel for the time period. When you see the welcome home Mike sign a reference to the Vietnam era its almost haunting.

  • Never Pick Up a Hitchhiker

    • disinterested spectator
    • 7/28/14

    A woman discovers that she no longer wants to be married, let alone have a baby now that she is pregnant. So she gets in her car and takes off. After driving for a while, she picks up a hitchhiker, hoping to have some uncomplicated sex with him. The mistake is not that she thought she could have sex without getting involved. Her mistake, and it is a common one, is not realizing how complicated and involved things can become even if you don't have sex at all. It turns out that the hitchhiker cannot take care of himself on account of a brain injury sustained while playing football, and he has neither friends nor family to help him. She only thought she was trapped before. But it is a whole lot easier to desert a husband and abort a fetus than it is to abandon someone who is helpless, especially when he has a kind heart. Fortunately, this is a movie, which resolves the problem by having him die in the end. Though she tried to leave him several times, she wishes he were still alive and could take care of him. But we in the audience know it was for the best. Trouble is, people get themselves in messy situations like this in real life, but there is no Hollywood ending to save them.

  • What can one say?

    • Tom
    • 1/30/12

    I'm old enough to have seen this movie when I was young. Everyone I knew was knocked out by it. I can tell that no one here would be interested, except as early Coppola. Yet in this film we realized that something excellent was there. You must realize that the models of that era's filmmaking were the European auteurs, like Antonioni, Fellini, Bergmann,etc. These were the types of personal films that inspired the then recent film school grads like Coppola. The films, such as Raphaelson's FIVE EASY PIECES, etc. are difficult for today's audiences, since they tried to capture the quirks and insights of real situations, in simulated real time. There wasn't the "hurry up and get to the punch line" of today's films. What you got was character studies of people alienated and "on the road" e.g.EASY RIDER, etc. It was an uprooted America, and as Paul Simon wrote in a song, "We've all come to look for America". People were confused by the war and its upheavals in Sixties society. Today, in a different cultural context and with different expectations from films, such films may seem pointless and boring and the characters seem angry, confused and difficult to identify with; but these films were not made for people in a hurry. They are slow and intriguing character studies, full of beauty, but often also menace and portent. I'm not saying it's a film for the ages, but it is one I've always remembered with affection. Maybe cinematically , as they say, "You had to be there!"

  • One Big Mess

    • Bruce Reber
    • 2/2/11

    "The Rain People" (1969), Francis Ford Coppola's first directorial effort, is a film that to me makes no sense whatsoever, has no discernable plot, and has totally empty one-dimensional characters. The jist of the film is this: Runaway Long Island housewife (Shirley Knight) takes a road trip, she picks up mentally challenged football player (James Caan), she gets him a job working at a reptile zoo in Nebraska run by a sleazoid con artist, she gets nailed for speeding by motorcycle cop Robert Duvall, she ends up in the sack with him in his trailer, the football player shows up and beats up the cop, the cop's superbrat of a daughter takes her father's gun and kills the football player, the housewife drags his body away while crying (for whom or what I don't really know) while the cop's trailer trash neighbors look on without emotion. As far as I can tell the title has no reference to anything in the film, I didn't see any reptiles (snakes, gators, etc.) at the reptile zoo, only a bunch of baby chicks and a couple of other animals. If the housewife didn't have to pay the speeding ticket, she wouldn't have gone back to the zoo and ended up with the football player again (the owner fired him for letting the animals out of their cages, and because the owner happened to be the local judge). I couldn't feel anything for any of these people because they seemed to be more caricatures than characters. Robert Duvall and James Caan had already appeared in a few films (Duvall in "To Kill A Mockingbird" and "The Chase", Caan in "Lady In A Cage" and "Redline 5000") and their best films were yet to come (they co-starred in "The Godfather" in 1972, directed by Coppola, whose best work was also ahead of him). If TCM ever has a theme night of films about dysfunctional people they can put "The Rain People" at the top of the lineup.

  • Belongs in a time capsule

    • mike
    • 2/1/11

    Oddball film from Francis Ford Coppola. A recently married woman finds out she is pregnant and realizes she's not ready for marrage or parenthood, so she leaves home to go on an extended road trip through the East Coast. Along the way, she meets brain damaged gridiron star James Caan for more misadventures. This film could only have been made in the late 60's/early 70's and couldn't possibly be made today.

  • Review of The Rain People

    • Jim Dalton
    • 1/1/11

    When I was working at a radio station in Ogallala NE the stars and film crew came there to film Mr. Coppola's cult classic. I had a chance to interview and get to know some of the cast members including James Caan and Robert Duvall. My wife and I invited Mr. Caan to have dinner with us at our home one evening. He was a very pleasant guest. We also found he liked to play softball and did so occasionally with our local team. Contrary to reports, the premiere of the movie was in our town of Ogallala, not New York. The movie itself features a lot of local scenery and several scenes were filmed inside at the local National Guard armory. It isn't a great film, but a good film and worth watching.

  • Your Name
  • Your Email (optional)
  • Your Location (optional)
      Rate the acting of the Lead Performers
      Rate the acting of the Supporting Cast
      Rate the Director
      Rating of the Music Score
      Rating of the Title Sequence
      Screenplay
      Creatively uses the camera to tell the story
      Importance in Cinema history
      Would you recommend for fans of this genre

  • Title of your Review
  • Your Review

    Character Limit! You have reached the 2,000 word character limit for this review.

  • Preview & Submit Cancel Submit Review Go Back
Thank You!

We have received your ratings and calculated them into the overall user ratings for this title.

Click the button below to read reviews and see your posting:

Close Detailed Ratings (optional)

*We protect your personal infortmation and will not provide it to anyone without your consent. For a complete explanation, please refer to TCM's Privacy Policy. By submitting your contribution, you agree to TCM's Terms of Use.