Barry Levinson‘s 1988 Oscar-winner, starring Dustin Hoffman as an autistic man of limited social skills, but with some great insights and a marvellous head for figures. When he inherits a big pile, his worthless, cynical brother Tom Cruise kidnaps him, intending to relieve him of the dough. But as the two travel across America, a bond develops. This is hardly profound, and much too slick to be really moving, but it’s highly proficient entertainment and was easily the best thing Hoffman had done in ages.
It’s back on screen in the Everyman’s late night classics season.