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The Rain People

Francis Ford Coppola's 1969 study of an alienated American wife (Shirley Knight), filmed on the run and largely improvised. 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. Coppola's style is too flashy by half, and his determination to do things “new” is what dates the film most firmly now. Still, this is the first statement of Coppola's perennial theme—crippling loneliness within a failed family. With Robert Duvall and James Caan.

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