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½ March 24, 2016
A movie I saw when it came out as a junior in High School. Today I love these movies and black and white make people think and become part of the film and story. McQuees is McQueen and that is enough said as he is a force. Remick is great and as beautiful as ever. Storyline is somewhat standard fare; but done exceptionally well.
August 3, 2015
Henry Thomas and the Rockabillies

Henry Thomas is an aspiring musician who plays Rockabilly music. He gets into trouble and is sent to jail. When he is released, he heads to his hometown where he is split on what direction to take. His friends get him a place to stay and local job, while his mother figure recommends he goes back to school. Meanwhile, his girlfriend arrives in town and has his little girl with her that he has never met. His head is on the verge of exploding as he struggles with what to do with all these responsibilities when he just wants to become a rock star and become rich.

"He never admitted he had a wife to me."

Robert Mulligan, director of To Kill a Mockingbird, The Man in the Moon, Summer of '42, Same time Next Year, Kiss Me Goodbye, Clara's Heart, and The Rat Race (1960), delivers Baby, the Rain must Fall. The storyline for this picture is compelling with some good twists. The acting is first rate and the cast includes Steve McQueen, Lee Remick, Don Murray, Paul Fix, and Ruth White.

"Why do I do these things?

I saw the previews for this on Movies! While watching another picture and had to DVR it. This was a wonderful movie with a very eccentric lead performance from McQueen. This definitely wasn't his best movie, but it was a unique side of him on display. I recommend seeing this once.

"Baby you better treat me right!"

Grade: B
½ March 9, 2015
adapted by hurton foote from his own play.
December 6, 2014
Steve McQueens lip sinking made this film an embarrassment
June 12, 2013
This "slice of life", a la early 60s, small southern town USA, is touching, although a bit depressive. Steve McQueen is a narcissistic "hard head" singer-song writer with visions of fame but the deck is stacked against him. Lee Remick is the loving wife. Both characters are somewhat iconic. It is frustrating to see how close they come to happiness, yet it slips away. There may be no place like home, but there is a wicked witch, living in Norman Bate's house, in the form of Henry Thomas' (Steve McQueen) foster mother, who helps put the whammy on them, with help from the Mcqueen Character himself, who can't seem to "get it". His priorities are out of whack; he has no diplomacy; can't shrug anything off and lives by his dream to the expense of all else. The main character, Henry Thomas is interesting as we learn of his background and something of the forces pulling him apart. The graveyard scene is revealing and memorable. The acting is supurb and the black and white cinematography adds to the realism.
Harlequin68
Super Reviewer
½ December 5, 2012
Aided by crisp black and white cinematography, "Baby the Rain Must Fall" starts with Georgette(Lee Remick) traveling to Columbus, Tx on a Trailways bus with her infant daughter Margaret Rose(Kimberly Block) to join up with her husband Henry(Steve McQueen), a musician recently released from jail. At first, I was afraid she might be exaggerating their relationship, but thankfully that's not the case. It is just that he was not expecting her as she left before his letter could reach her.(Lack of communication is a big theme here.) He dreams of performing in San Antonio, Nashville and Los Angeles, and Georgette agrees to work at a local drive-in to facilitate his career. Those longshot dreams probably have more to do with the reality of him escaping the constant intervention into his life, not without reason in a small town, with a hint of gothic thrown in for good measure that includes a convenient local cemetery which could also stand in for the past. Now instead of Georgette being his anchor, he is her anchor. That central relationship is given full form by the superb chemistry between McQueen(never better) and Remick, as the movie answers the question emphatically as to whether or not Henry is mature enough for such responsibilities in an excellent climactic scene.
Super Reviewer
½ July 30, 2012
A bit of cinema verite, American style, in this bit of a psych study on a orphan boy singer dreaming of fame and the woman who loves him. Its understated, almost documentary style of storytelling will be too slow for some and the end is telegraphed in every scene leading up to it, but the performances do deliver some zing. McQueen's singing scenes are overdubbed but he's great acting like a rising rock and roll wannabe.
½ April 10, 2012
A Fair McQueen flick. He plays Henry Thomas, a man who was abused as a boy and aspires to a singing career. Too bad he is so psychologically screwed-up to make the right choices.
December 14, 2010
Not McQueen's best work, but he was still good.
jjnxn
Super Reviewer
½ August 26, 2010
Beautiful performances from Steve McQueen and especially Lee Remick highlight this rather sad rambling film of the type Hollywood doesn't make anymore. A small personal drama that explores the lives of regular people just struggling to make a place for themselves in the world. Nothing blows up, it's all about emotions here. Something that you'd find either on the indie circuit on maybe on cable today certainly not in major markets and hardly with stars of this magnitude.
August 25, 2009
Very good drama. Steve McQueen is perfectly cast. Nicely filmed in black and white. Lee Remick is very effective in a subdued role. Well written. A bit depressing though.
December 2, 2008
Steve McQueen sings. Early vehicle for Steve shows his acting skills (more so than 'The Blob")
May 14, 2008
A bit of a snooze. Not quite up to McQueen's usual fair but not a complete waste of time either. Kudos for the unexpected ending.
½ April 15, 2008
A Fair McQueen flick. He plays Henry Thomas, a man who was abused as a boy and aspires to a singing career. Too bad he is so psychologically screwed-up to make the right choices.
April 10, 2008
I'll eat an Irish grape farmer's Scottish terrier before I watch this eggnog-o-rama.
April 1, 2008
small time crook trying to make a living for his family.
Super Reviewer
½ January 27, 2008
There's plenty of potential beauty and pain in this story, but Horton Foote's screenplay doesn't bring it all out. The basis of the character study is very interesting, but the execution of it feels a little bit undernurtured. Despite the use of some shabby lip-synching to cover up the leading man's inability to carry a tune, I still think he's perfect for the role. Steve McQueen had a uniquely tragic presence and some considerable acting talent, but it never shines through in this picture like it should. This is a flawed but overall good film that McQueen fans in particular should look into.
June 27, 2007
A great little film that suffers from some comic dubbing of McQueen's singing voice. Apparently the man just couldn't carry a tune, but boy does he look like he's trying. McQueen brings a lot (singing aside) to the character of Henry Thomas, playing his despairation with a quiet simmering menace. He could have gone more stereotypical Southern yokel but plays the part with respect and depth. A good way to spend 100 minutes.
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