Analysis Of Movie Rain Man By Barry Morrow And Ronald Bass

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“246 Toothpicks” Whitt Johnson Denver School of Nursing “246 Toothpicks” According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), it is estimated that one in 68 children are affected with autism spectrum disorder (Baio, 2010). Children diagnosed with this disorder eventually grow into adults who need similar care and attention they required earlier in life. The focus of this paper is the 1988 movie “Rain Man”, a story written by Barry Morrow and Ronald Bass, directed by Berry Levinson, cast played by Dustin Hoffman as Raymond Babbitt “Rain man” and Tom Cruse as brother, Charlie Babbitt. The National Institutes of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (Autism Spectrum Disorder Fact Sheet, 2015) state that autism “refers to a group of complex neurodevelopmental disorders characterized by repetitive and characteristic patterns of behavior and difficulties with social communication”. Savant autism is a rare and extraordinary form of autism characterized by deep, thorough knowledge of one particular subject or area of interest. Our character, Raymond Babbitt, is one of those rare savant autistic individuals. Raymond Babbitt, a now 57 year old male with an impeccable memory, lacks the skills to connect socially has been living with being an “idiot savant” or a “high functioning autistic savant” (Rain Man, 1988) all his life. He has been institutionalized at Walbrook Institute since a young age. Dr. Brunner, Raymond’s doctor, states to Charlie early in the movie, “routines and

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