The Rain People
Francis Ford Coppola
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Unsure of herself, two months pregnant and feeling trapped, Natalie Ravenna leaves her sleeping husband a note and drives away from her Long Island home one rainy morning to find herself. Natalie is the heroine of Francis Ford Coppola's intensely moving The Rain People. Ahead of its time from both filmmaking and feminist points of view, the film took Coppola and his eight-vehicle crew through 18 sattes, lending this poignant tale a realistic rootless tone. On board were three actors who brought a searing truth to the project: Shirley Knight as Natalie and future stars of The Godfather James Caan and Robert Duvall as the lonely men who bring tenderness and tragedy Natalie's way. What they and Coppola brought our way is a movie that still touches us a generation later.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 11
- Fresh: 9
- Rotten: 2
- Average Rating: 6.6/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: An overlong, brooding film incorporating some excellent photography.
Fresh: As for Coppola and his world, It's difficult to say whether his film is successful or not. That's the beautiful thing about a lot of the new, experimental American directors.
Fresh: Coppola's fourth feature, a fascinating early road movie made entirely on location with a minimal crew and a constantly evolving script.
Fresh: There are acres of psychoanalytic material to juggle with, and Caan and Duvall are superb as the brain-damaged football player and the sex-obsessed policeman respectively.
- Genre: Drama
- Released: 1969
- © 1969 The Rain People Renewed 1997, Package Design 2009 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.