Rain Man: 1988 Best Picture

“Rain Man” won Best Picture, Best Director (Barry Levinson), Best Actor (Dustin Hoffman) and Best Original Screenplay at the 61st Academy Awards. The other contenders for Best Picture were “Mississippi Burning”, “The Accidental Tourist”, “Dangerous Liaisons” and “Working Girl’

Jodie Foster won Best Actress for her role as Sarah Tobias in “The Accused”. Kevin Kline won Best Supporting Actor for “A Fish Called Wanda” and Geena Davis got the Best Supporting Actress award for “The Accidental Tourist.”

Other films honored by the Academy in 1988: “Who Framed Roger Rabbit”, “Beetlejuice”, “The Milagro Beanfield War”, “Bird”, “Gorillas in the Mist” and “Pelle the Conqueror”.

“Coming to America”, “Twins”, “Crocodile Dundee II”, “Die Hard” and “Cocktail” were big at the box office. Some more titles that were noticed by Jeopardy! (see the clues below): “Eight Men Out”, “Bull Durham”, “The Dead Pool”, “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels”, “The Last Temptation of Christ”, “Camille Claudel”, and the very weird “Dead Ringers”. And let’s not forget Chucky, your friend til the end. Hi-De-Ho!

Jeopardy! clues on “Rain Man”
PIX-“R” $200: Our favorite part of this 1988 film is Dustin Hoffman saying, “Course I got ‘Jeopardy!’ at 5 o’clock. I watch ‘Jeopardy!'”
TOM CRUISE FILMS $200: Tom Cruise learns that he has an autistic older brother in this 1988 film
I SAW IT ON IMDb $200: In 1988 he starred in both the Best Picture Oscar winner, “Rain Man” & the Razzie winner for worst picture, “Cocktail”
DUSTIN HOFFMAN’S FILM ROLES $800: Savant Raymond Babbitt (1988)
JEOPARDY! IN POP CULTURE $400: His “Rain Man” character Raymond Babbitt had to watch “Jeopardy!” at 5:00
NAME THAT MOVIE $1000: 1988: “I’ll let you in on a little secret, Ray. K-mart sucks”

More 1988 clues:
AUTOMAKERS $400: In a 1988 film Jeff Bridges played this maverick carmaker who built only 51 of the cars named for him
JOHN HUGHES MOVIES $1000: 1988 film about a pair of newlyweds preparing for parenthood
MAY-DECEMBER MOVIES $400: Tim Robbins & Susan Sarandon starred as a baseball rookie & his older lover in this 1988 film
CANDIED CAMERA $1600: This title conflict of a 1988 film takes place at St. Trinity’s school
OSCAR’S SUPPORTING ACTORS $800: Kevin Kline “caught” a 1988 supporting Oscar for his role in this comedy
GLENN CLOSE $1200: (Glenn Close delivers the clue.) Michelle Pfeiffer & I tangled in this 1988 film whose tagline was “Lust, seduction, revenge, the game as you’ve never seen it played before”
EASY ON THE EYES $400: Jessica Rabbit made it OK to think an animated character was hot in this 1988 film
BIBLICAL BIG SCREEN $2,000 (Daily Double): Harvey Keitel played the role of Judas Iscariot in this controversial 1988 film
FAO SCHWARZ $800: (Sarah of the Clue Crew dances on a giant piano to play “Heart and Soul” with a friend at FAO Schwarz in New York.) A major attraction at FAO Schwarz is piano dancing, just like Tom Hanks and Robert Loggia did in this 1988 film
OTHER FAMOUS TYLERS $2000: This 1988 William Hurt & Geena Davis film about a writer of travel guides was based on a novel by Anne Tyler
FROM PAGE TO SCREEN $2000: Bari Woods’ novel “Twins” became this 1988 film starring Jeremy Irons in a dual role
FILM FISTICUFFS $800: Yippee-ki-yay! Ex-hostage Bonnie Bedelia smacks a smarmy TV reporter in this 1988 action film
MOVIE COMEDIES $1000: Michael Caine & Steve Martin teamed up as Lawrence & Freddy, a couple of these, the title of a 1988 film
A CINEMATIC FEAST $600: The title eatery in this 1988 Julia Roberts film actually exists in Connecticut
MICHELLE PFEIFFER PFILMS $1200: Decisions, decisions: this 1988 film finds Michelle choosing between Kurt Russell & Mel Gibson
ANIMATED MOVIES $1600: This 1988 film is seen thorugh the eyes of Littlefoot, a baby Brontosaurus
A PENGUIN, A YAK & A KANGAROO $1600: Kangaroos have few enemies aside from man & this type of wild dog, made infamous in a 1988 film
HACKER CINEMA $400: Clarence Gilyard Jr. cracks security to open a vault & help take over an office tower in this 1988 film
“DEAD” RECKONING $800: A 1988 Treat Williams film, or a race in which 2 competitors finish in a tie (regardless of the temperature)
MOTHERS & SONS $1600: This 1988 film in which a teenage boy kidnaps Elvis for his mother bears the name of Elvis’ first big hit
“FORE” $800: He won the best actor award at the 1988 Cannes film festival for his portrayal of Charlie Parker
“E”PICS $1000: In this 1988 film director John Sayles cast himself as sportswriter Ring Lardner
MOVIE VILLAINS $1200: In this 1988 film Alan Rickman as Hans Gruber spoils Bruce Willis’ day — well, night
HEIST-ERIA $1200: In a 1988 film, Phil Collins played “Buster” Edwards, a member of the gang that pulled off this “Great” 1963 heist
1980s CINEPLEX $1000: A pregnant Demi Moore saves the world from the apocalypse in this 1988 flick
EYE 8 $1600: Spot John Cusack as one of 8 disgraced Chicago White Sox & you’re watching this 1988 film
AT THE MOVIES $1600: At the 61st Academy Awards Jodie Foster won her first Oscar for this 1988 film
THE OLYMPICS $1600: Based on a true story, this film was about the formation of a Jamaican bobsled team for the 1988 Winter Olympics
JULIA ROBERTS FILM FEST $2000: Justine Bateman, not Julia, got top billing in this 1988 film about teenage girls who form a band
4-LETTER FILMS $400: A big jazz fan, Clint Eastwood directed this 1988 film bio of Charlie Parker
SEEING DOUBLE $400: These 2 actors were the genetically designed “Twins” in a 1988 film comedy
MOVIE ACTORS $600: Swoosie Kurtz appeared as Uma Thurman’s mother in this 1988 film about hazardous trysts
SURPRISING SINGERS $200: Amy Irving provided the sexy singing voice of Jessica Rabbit for this 1988 film
MOV”ING” PICTURES $300: 1988 film based on the 1964 disappearance of 3 civil rights workers in the South
ARTISTIC WOMEN $1000: In a 1988 film Isabelle Adjani played this sculptress; Gerard Depardieu played her lover Rodin
ACTRESS TURNED WAITRESS $400: Tom Cruise mixed things up with waitress Elisabeth Shue in this 1988 film
SAY IT AIN’T SO $600: In this 1988 film, Kevin Costner says, “After 12 years in the minors, I don’t try out”
MOVIE DEBUTS $500: This son of Colleen Dewhurst & George C. Scott debuted in the 1988 film “Five Corners”
IT’S A BIRD! $200: This director’s 1988 film, “Bird”, won an Oscar for Sound Recording
THE MOVIES $800: David Bowie was Pontius Pilate in this controversial 1988 film about Jesus’ self-doubts
JOHN CUSACK MOVIES $800: Cusack was third baseman Buck Weaver in this 1988 film about the Black Sox
VILLAINOUS MOVIE SCHEMES $800: 1988 film in which Alan Rickman takes over a high-rise building to steal bonds
POLITICALLY INCORRECT $500: Ira Zimmerman led a protest of the mocking of Michael Palin’s stuttering in this 1988 film
“COLOR” MOVIES $600: In this 1988 film Sean Penn & Robert Duvall were cops on street gang patrol
QUESTIONS $600: In a 1988 film Bob Hoskins must enter Toontown to answer this title question
DOCUMENTARIES $1000: This 1988 film that raised questions about the guilt of convicted killer Randall Adams led to his release
HORROR FILMS $200: Chucky, a killer doll, made his debut in this 1988 film
MOVIE MEALS $600: In this 1988 film Julia Roberts worked at a pizza parlor in Connecticut
INK $400: 1988 film that featured a will written in Acme disappearing & re-appearing ink
MOVIES $200: Cassandra Peterson co-wrote & starred in a 1988 film about this “Mistress of the Dark”
MOVIES $500: Estevez, Sheen, Sutherland, Phillips, Mulroney & Siemaszko collectively in a 1988 film
ACTORS & ROLES $200: Evan Kim, a former tae kwon do champion, plays Dirty Harry’s new partner in this 1988 film
“AND” SO IT GOES $600: Title of 1956 French film and its 1988 American remake, both directed by Roger Vadim

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