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3.5
225 Ratings

The Rain People

Directed by Francis Ford Coppola
United States, 1969
Drama

Synopsis

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.

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The Rain People Directed by Francis Ford Coppola

Critics reviews

Slottable with other sensitive finding-oneself road movies of the era like Wanda, Five Easy Pieces and Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, The Rain People can run a little thin in comparison, at least script-wise, but it directly addresses issues like female domestic dissatisfaction and abortion. The cinematography, by Jaws and The Conversation shooter Bill Butler, is exciting and kinetic, with many fine chopper shots of America’s heartland.
May 17, 2017
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…A superb early work from Francis Ford Coppola… The startling thing about The Rain People is how much it puts Knight’s character in a power position, in contexts both sexual and not. Her Natalie is completely, even discomfortingly, in control, and the film is unapologetic about it.
December 30, 2013
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