Trivia: Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise spent a lot of time with a man and his autistic brother, whom the man took care of much like the way Charlie has to take care of Raymond. A lot of the things Cruise and Hoffman did in the movie were things they witnessed the two brothers doing. One example of this was when Raymond and Charlie lean their heads against each other's at the end. Had Cruise and Hoffman not seen the brothers do that, it never would have been in the movie.
Trivia: The scene where Raymond freaks out over the fire alarm was added during filming. The director felt like too many good things were happening between Charlie and Raymond, and the audience might get confused and begin to believe Raymond is getting better, when there is no real way to get better from Autism.
Trivia: Although the movie was praised at the time for bringing autism to greater public awareness, more recently criticism has been made that the movie misleads people into thinking that savantism is common in austism, and for its conclusion that the character is better off in an institution than living with family. http://www.interactingwithautism.com/section/understanding/media/representations/details/38.
Continuity mistake: In the scene in the restaurant where Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman are trying to order breakfast, Hoffman's character fixes the salt and pepper shaker a certain way. In the next shot they are opposite the way he fixed them. Then in the next shot they are back to the way he had fixed them. (00:37:15)
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