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The Real Rain Man

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Have you ever wished you could just read something once and know it forever? If you are anything like me, then you have definitely thought about how nice this would be when studying for all vocabulary, history, and literature tests students have to take. I have often wondered if this level of remembrance could even be possible and how amazing it would be to achieve it.

A few years ago I watched a movie called Rain Man featuring a character named Charlie Babbitt who sets out to find his older, autistic brother Raymond after their father dies. After retrieving Raymond from a mental institution, Charlie finds out that his brother can calculate very difficult equations in his head almost instantly. He uses his brother’s ability to cheat at blackjack and win money from a casino. During this time with his brother, Charlie becomes attached to his brother that he had no previous recollection of until the passing of their father. Charlie finds out that the imaginary friend from his childhood, Rain Man, was actually his older brother and he just did not remember him. Raymond ends up going back to the institution at the end of the story because of he dependable lifestyle. Rain Man did great in theatres becoming the as the highest-grossing U.S. film of 1988, winning four Oscars, and receiving the Golden Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival, but the most interesting part about it comes from its origin.

The writer of the story, Barry Morrow, created the character of Raymond and the story for rain man after meeting and getting to know Kim Peek, an autistic savant, and another mentally disabled man named Bill Sackter who also had become a subject of Marrow’s films. Marrow even gifted his Oscar statuette to him because of his admiration for Peek. After the movie became well known, the term “rain-man” actually started to be used sometimes for an autistic, mentally, or socially impaired person.

At the time of Kim Peek’s birth his parents were told that their son would never speak or walk. He proved them wrong learning very basic motor skills and learning to speak, but he always needed help from his parents when it came it getting dressed and cleaning himself from the day he was born in 1951 until the day he died in 2009. He began reading books and looking at maps with all of his spare time and enjoyed visiting the library with his father Fran. Kim had the largest factual recall of anyone in the world retaining up to 98 percent of the information he read. Kim had a very shy and reclusive lifestyle, but after Rain Man came out and gained popularity, he started to go to events to talk about his life and talent as well as accepting invitations to be in televisions shows and documentaries. Peek visited many scientists and doctors in his lifetime so that they could to learn and explain how his brain worked while trying to explain to them himself how his brain functions.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M170_Irx7tw

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-superhuman-mind/201212/kim-peek-the-real-rain-man

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  1. Mari Karmel on March 12th, 2018 8:47 am

    I’ve never seen this movie but after reading this article I would like to! Savant syndrome is incredible to me. I love that the movie is based off a real person. I believe that gives the story a deeper meaning and purpose. Great job!

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  2. Holly Widner on March 20th, 2018 2:10 pm

    I have seen this movie before and I absolutely loved it. It amazes me to see people with this syndrome. I am glad someone made a movie that shows how the syndrome truly affects one’s mind. Great article.

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