Slottable with other sensitive finding-oneself road movies of the era like Wanda, Five Easy Pieces and Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, The Rain People can run a little thin in comparison, at least script-wise, but it directly addresses issues like female domestic dissatisfaction and abortion. The cinematography, by Jaws and The Conversation shooter Bill Butler, is exciting and kinetic, with many fine chopper shots of America’s heartland.
...A superb early work from Francis Ford Coppola... The startling thing about The Rain People is how much it puts Knight’s character in a power position, in contexts both sexual and not. Her Natalie is completely, even discomfortingly, in control, and the film is unapologetic about it.