The Rain People
The Rain People (1969)

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… More

Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: August 27, 1969
DVD Release Date: June 22, 2009
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Critic Score: 82% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

An overlong, brooding film incorporating some excellent photography.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

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.

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TV Guide

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.

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Tom Milne
Time Out

Coppola's fourth feature, a fascinating early road movie made entirely on location with a minimal crew and a constantly evolving script.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Arty pretensions.

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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.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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.

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Fernando F. Croce

Coppola charts a perilous new freedom both in people's lives and in the industry

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Flixster Audience Score: 62% Flixster User Reviews
Pierluigi Puccini
In the John Huston tradition of losers who take the road to find themsemelves, getting in contact with people with more and deeper needs to their pathetic and… More
Eric Broome
"Rebels on the road" films were all the rage in the late '60s, but "The Rain People" adds a twist: The rebel is somebody's wife,… More
Mike T.
A languid, gently beautiful film that provides a lot of unique insight into over-explored themes. Coppola does fantastic things with cinematography and editing.