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The Rainmaker (1997)

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An idealistic young lawyer and his cynical partner take on a powerful law firm representing a corrupt insurance company.

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Deck Shifflet
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Leo F. Drummond
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Dot Black
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Judge Harvey Hale
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Colleen 'Miss Birdie' Birdsong
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Wilfred Keeley
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Storyline

Rudy Baylor is a jobless young attorney. However, he is also the only hope of an elderly couple whose insurance company will not pay for an operation that could save their son's life. In this judicial drama, Rudy learns to hate corporate America as he falls in love with a battered young married woman. Will he be up to the task? Written by Steve Richer <sricher@sympatico.ca>

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They were totally unqualified to try the case of a lifetime... but every underdog has his day.

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for a strong beating and elements of domestic abuse | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

21 November 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

John Grisham's The Rainmaker  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£339,465 (UK) (24 April 1998)

Gross:

£823,492 (UK) (8 May 1998)
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Trivia

Wayne Emmons, who played Prince Thomas, was also a technical legal consultant on the film. See more »

Goofs

While Kelly is in custody, she and Rudy hold hands under the table. When the female officers come in, their hands are apart and on the table without having moved. See more »

Quotes

Rudy Baylor: I knew exactly what was going on here. Just like when Daddy was in the bedroom crying and Mommy was sitting in the kitchen, face all bloody, saying that Daddy was sorry.
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Referenced in The Directors: The Films of Michael Mann (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Baby Scratch My Back
Written by James Moore
Performed by James Moore (as Slim Harpo)
Courtesy of MCA Records
Under license from Universal Music Special Markets
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15 October 2004 | by (Birmingham, AL) – See all my reviews

The Raimaker was a _great film, adherent to the book, even to the deposition of Donny Ray Black being moved from his bedroom to the backyard and his father getting into his old Ford to drink his gin.

Of course I seldom watch a movie without reading the book first as that gives me insight into the innuendos presented,and to see how closely the movie follows the book.

For those viewers who don't like to read I _still think the movie has continuity and an easy to follow plot development.

Very good entertainment, especially if you like Matt Damon, Danny Devito, John Voight and the delight of Virginia Madsen simply being on screen.


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