Cruise plays Charlie Babbitt a selfish yuppie in this drama directed by Barry Levinson. Charlie discovers that his father has left his estate to his other son, an autistic savant named Raymond, played by Dustin Hoffman. In an attempt to get his hands on the money, Charlie removes Raymond from the institution he lives in and tries to care for him alone. During their cross-country road-trip Charlie realizes that Raymond has miraculous mathematical abilities and exploits them for his own personal gain. Also co-satrring Valeria Golino as Charlie’s girlfriend, Gerald R. Molen, and Bonnie Hunt. Cruise on Charlie’s character:
He is a spiritual or emotional autistic for most of the story who finally learns to care for someone other than himself. In the course of this change, there’s another change: ”At the beginning, there’s this anger that Charlie carries with him against this man [ his father ] who wanted a perfect son and for whom nothing was ever good enough. But [ the film ] ends in his finally taking responsibility for a lot of the anger in that relationship.