Selfish yuppie Charlie Babbitt’s father dies and leaves a fortune - to Raymond, the institutionalised savant brother that Charlie didn’t know he had. They set out on a cross-country journey of discovery.
Dustin Hoffman wins the coveted Best Actor prize for his brilliant portrayal of savant Raymond Babbitt. His brother, Charlie Babbitt (Tom Cruise) is a hustler who feels he's been cheated out of his three million-dollar inheritances. When he discovers his autistic brother in an institution, he abducts him in a last-ditch attempt to extort his "fair share" of the family estate. What begins as an unsentimental kidnapping evolves into a mystical cross-country odyssey of love, family and self-revelation.