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

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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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Francis Ford Coppola encouraged Matt Damon to stay in his character's apartment to help him immerse himself into the role. Coppola was then able to sneak some shots of the actor waking up in the morning. See more »

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When Deck Shifflet is staging the juror's call to Rudy Baylor's office, a crew member walks onto the set and backs off when he realizes the situation. See more »

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Rudy Baylor: There's gotta be a hundred years of law experience sitting at this very table. My staff has flunked the bar exam six times.
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Perfect legal drama
22 December 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I love this film. This is probably Copola's last great film. Matt Damon was robbed, this is one of his best performances, and that's saying a lot. I love the little nuances of his performance, like when he greets the "old lady' at her house.

This is my 2nd favorite film of all time with deep personal meaning. We've all had people doubting our capabilities, just as the other team of lawyers discount Damon's competence. This film is about personal redemption. Further, I admire Damon's strength.

Overall, a film every law student and lawyer should see for its humanity; its brilliance; and its judgment on the American legal system.


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