Baby, the Rain Must Fall (1965) - Rotten Tomatoes

Baby, the Rain Must Fall (1965)




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This film stars Steve McQueen as a trouble-prone country singer and Lee Remick as his estranged wife. Released on parole after serving time, McQueen returns to Remick and their young daughter Kimberly Block. When he proves incapable of supporting his family, McQueen's violent nature erupts once more, with catastrophic results.

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Steve McQueen
as Henry Thomas
Lee Remick
as Georgette Thomas
Don Murray
as Deputy Sheriff Slim
Kimberly Block
as Margaret Rose Thomas
Paul Fix
as Judge Ewing
Ruth White
as Miss Clara
Charles Watts
as Mr. Tillman
Carol Veazie
as Mrs. Tillman
Estelle Hemsley
as Catherine
Zamah Cunningham
as Mrs. T.V. Smith
George Dunn
as Counterman
Glen Campbell
as Uncredited
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Critic Reviews for Baby, the Rain Must Fall

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (2)

There are difficulties about the plot, transitions that baffle in a way that a director as cogent as [Robert] Mulligan could never have intended.

March 31, 2020 | Full Review…

Foote's metaphors and psychological insights are so clearly delineated that there's little room for spontaneity, though the actors do what they can with the space they're given.

November 21, 2013 | Full Review…

This quiet rural melodrama, based on Horton Foote's stage play, features strong peformances from Steve McQueen, Don Murray and especially Lee Remick, but it is too understated and lacks narrative drive.

December 15, 2010 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Atmospheric Mulligan production with effective McQueen and Remick.

June 8, 2006 | Rating: 3/5

Moving drama about a troubled man.

January 24, 2005 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Baby, the Rain Must Fall


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.

Walter M.
Walter M.

Super Reviewer


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.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


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.

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jay nixon

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