Dustin Hoffman, Tom Cruise, Valeria Golino, Gerald R. Molen
Barry Levinson (Director), Barry Morrow (Screenplay), Ronald Bass (Screenplay), Barry Morrow (Story)
Released: Dec. 11th, 1988
Runtime: 2 hours, 13 minutes
Selfish yuppie Charlie Babbitt's father left a fortune to his savant brother Raymond and a pittance to Charlie; they travel cross-country.
The interplay between Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman as a pair of very different brothers is what drives the plot, especially Cruise's selfish motivation to acquire his late father's multimillion-dollar inheritance that is otherwise going to go to Hoffman, who is an institutionalised savant who is unable to grasp the concept of money.
Indeed if you were to show this film to someone who was unfamiliar with Hoffman, it would probably be quite easy to convince them that the makers of the film had hired someone with an actual mental disorder.