Neuro Film Series - "Rain Man"


Montreal Neurological Institute 3801 rue University, Montreal, QC, H3A 2B4, CA

Our next movie in the Neuro Film series is Rain Man (1988). A comedy-drama of an abrasive and selfish yuppie, Charlie Babbitt (Tom Cruise) who discovers that his estranged father has died and bequeathed all of his multimillion-dollar estate to his other son, Raymond (Dustin Hoffman), a man with autism of whose existence Charlie was unaware. Charlie meets Raymond and learns about Raymond's autism, which he initially believes is curable — resulting in his frequent frustration with his brother's antics. Charlie’s feelings for his brother evolve during the course of the movie as do his values. The film won four Oscars at the 61st Academy Awards (March 1989), including Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, Best Director and Best Actor in a leading role for Hoffman. Its crew received an additional four nominations.

Rain Man will be hosted by Gabriel Leonard, PhD. Dr. Leonard is an Assistant Professor and Clinical Neuropsychologist of the Cognitive Neuroscience Unit of the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital. He is responsible for coordinating the MNH neuropsychology outpatient service. Gabriel Leonard’s research interests include examining the role of the human frontal lobes in monitoring motor output and the breakdown and restoration of effective connectivity in brain disorders in collaboration with Dr. Tomas Paus and the McConnell Brain Imaging Centre.

The film will be shown with French sub-titles.

Neuro Movie Nights are free and snacks can be purchased (including wraps and popcorn!).

Contact Information

Debbie Rashcovsky
Montreal Neurological Institute
debbie.rashcovsky [at]
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