Watch: Spielberg Talks Skipping 'Rain Man' for 'Last Crusade' in 1990

June 11, 2013
Source: The Playlist

Steven Spielberg

Lately, there's been a great influx of older interviews or documentary shorts featuring iconic filmmakers surfacing online, and this one is truly fascinating. Steven Spielberg sat down with British film critic Barry Norman for BBC One's Film Programme series back in 1990, not to mention touring the offices of the filmmaker's Amblin Entertainment banner. It contains the standard content you might expect, but there's also an interesting tidbit where Spielberg reveals regret for passing on the chance to direct Rain Man, the 1988 Best Picture winner starring Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman (who won Best Actor). Watch!

Here's the 36-minute 1990 Film Programme interview with Steven Spielberg, via The Playlist:

As Spielberg explains, the director worked on the script for Rain Man for five months, but ended up having to pass on the project because of his prior commitment to direct Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Funnily enough, Spielberg modestly thinks the film might not have gotten as much awards attention if he ended up behind the camera instead of Barry Levinson, even if the film turned out exactly the same. Speaking of awards attention, the director also talks about being snubbed for a Best Director nomination while his film The Color Purple was nominated for 11 Oscars, a feeling Ben Affleck experienced with Argo. There's a lot of fascinating information here for Spielberg fans, so watch the whole interview above.

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Spielberg is the most versatile giant of cinema. He is so incredible he underrated himself. And as for love stories and stories about relationships, his original film Amblin' is a terrific one.

A on Jun 11, 2013


Jar Jar Abrams is a poor imitation of the great Steven Spielberg.

cobrazombie on Jun 12, 2013


Old Barry. Used to like his grumpy tone. Quite enjoyed that.

Carpola on Jun 11, 2013


I liked it a lot.

cobrazombie on Jun 12, 2013


God, do I miss those multicolor cardigans.

cobrazombie on Jun 12, 2013


This is a poor attempt by Spielberg's publicist at keeping him relevant. He hasn't made a good film since the early 90's. He should retire and nurture new talent that's not related to him.

Sideshow on Jun 12, 2013

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