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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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Judge Harvey Hale
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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

Stephen Dorff was in the fray for the lead role. See more »

Goofs

When handed a computer printout to read on the stand, Wilfred Keeley played by Roy Scheider opens the printout like a book and finds the data. Closeups show the printout is in landscape mode and couldn't be read as Keeley does. As the reading wasn't challenged by Baylor (Matt Damon) the position of the printout wasn't scripted. See more »

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Judge Kipler: Are you in over your head, son?
Rudy Baylor: Absolutely!
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Do not compare to the book.
6 April 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Readers are usually disappointed when a favorite book is translated to film. If you are looking for a Grisham thriller here, you will be disappointed. But, if you are looking for a courtroom drama with a great cast, then this is a great film.

Matt Damon shines as Rudy, recently out of law school, who sets up an office with Deck Schifflet (Danny DeVito) who is still trying to pass his bar exam. He also finds a place to stay with Miss Birdie (Teresa Wright) who has hired him to handle her estate papers.

Rudy is drawn to the plight of Kelly (Claire Danes), a working-class girl whose husband has battered her with a baseball bat. But the real drama is centered on Great Benefit, an insurance company that has refused to pay a claim of one of its policy holders.

Dot Black (Mary Kay Place) whose son is dying of leukemia is suing the company for denying her claim. In the courtroom, the unpolished Rudy is forced to square off against Leo F. Drummond (Jon Voight), a corporate lawyer who knows all the tricks of the trade. This David versus Goliath battle is well worth watching.

Damon, De Vito and Voight, along with Claire Danes and Danny Glover shine in this film.

So, forget the book and enjoy a great film.


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