The Rain People
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Despite an effort by the Warner Bros. publicity mills to turn The Rain People into an instant cult film upon its first release (the ad campaign stressed the intimacy and humanity of the story), this early Francis Ford Coppola effort would have to wait several years to find its audience. Shirley Knight stars as Natalie, a housewife who, unable to cope with being "trapped" by impending pregnancy, deserts her husband and takes to the road. Eager to start life over, Natalie attaches herself to hitchhiker Kilgannon (James Caan). She is fully aware that Kilgannon, a former football pro,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 82%

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"An overlong, brooding film incorporating some excellent photography."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Like its main character, the movie hits the road with no final destination in mind, and the manic inventiveness that sustains the early passages becomes strained and weird by the end."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"This odd odyssey was not a hit, even though over the years it has been regarded as one of Coppola's more personal pictures and has attained a limited following."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Coppola's fourth feature, a fascinating early road movie made entirely on location with a minimal crew and a constantly evolving script."
‑ Tom Milne, Time Out
"Arty pretensions."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"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."
‑ , Film4
"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."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Coppola charts a perilous new freedom both in people's lives and in the industry"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
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