An underdog lawyer takes on a fraudulent 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)  »

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John Grisham's The Rainmaker  »

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Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$10,626,507 (USA) (21 November 1997)

Gross:

£823,492 (UK) (8 May 1998)
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Leo Drummand's assertion (and motion) that stolen evidence is not admissible in a civil action is untrue. While there are recognized restraints on the federal and state governments, preventing them from using evidence they obtain improperly (in particular, in violation of the Fourth and Fifth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution), in civil suits lawyers can utilize stolen evidence. The evidence is subject to credibility concerns related to the methodology by which the evidence was obtained, and a person who steals evidence may violate the law, but the information is not rendered inadmissible merely because it was stolen. See more »

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When Everett Lufkin is on the witness stand, the letter he's handed by Rudy Baylor repeatedly disappears and reappears between shots. See more »

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Rudy Baylor: My father hated lawyers all his life. He wasn't a great guy, my old man. He drank and beat up my mother; he beat me up too. So you might think I became a lawyer just to piss him off. But you'd be wrong. I wanted to be a lawyer ever since I read about the Civil Rights lawyers in the 50s and 60s, and the amazing uses they found for the law. They did what a lot of people thought was the impossible. They gave lawyers a good name. And so I went to law school. And it did piss my father ...
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Five Long Years
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Performed by Muddy Waters
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Supporting cast steals the show.
21 December 2001 | by (Houston) – See all my reviews

This film hits on all cylinders, at least until the ending. I have read the Grisham novel, but it was far enough in the past that it did not spoil the film for me, at least for the most part. Matt Damon was OK here, but the supporting cast stole the show, DeVito, Claire Danes, Jon Voight. Especially good in a small part was Virginia Madsen. And it was very interesting seeing Teresa Wright, the teenage star of Hitchcock's "Shadow of a Doubt" as the elderly Miss Birdie. The film's ending seemed like it just ran out of steam, though. Maybe it's just because I had read the book. I recommend this movie anyway. Grade: B


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