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The Rainmaker (1997)

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An underdog lawyer takes on a fraudulent Insurance company.


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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »



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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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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


$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$45,856,732 (USA) (13 March 1998)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Just before the final verdict given by the Jury, Rudy (Matt Damon) is writing something on his legal pad with a pen. It is the name of Johnny Whitworth's character, Donny Ray Black (1975-1996) who died of leukemia in the film and also happens to be Whitworth's real life birth year. See more »


When Deck and Rudy are having dinner at the restaurant, the veggies on Deck's plate change from mostly broccoli to cauliflower and broccoli, then back to broccoli. See more »


[first lines]
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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How Blue Can You Get
Written by Jane Feather
Performed by B.B. King
Courtesy of MCA Records
Under license from Universal Music Special Markets
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User Reviews

Not always realistic, but a highly entertaining story
12 August 2004 | by (Greenville, NY) – See all my reviews

This film was sort of a comeback for Francis Ford Coppola, considering that he had not really made any films since "The Godfather Part 3", other than "Jack". In this film Matt Damon plays a young lawyer fresh out of law school, who by chance meets up with spitfire paralegal Danny DeVito, and takes on a huge and difficult case. Fully entertaining throughout, although the ending is almost completely unbeleivable, which is the only negative aspect of this film. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good courtroom drama, I thought it was one of the better ones that I have seen. I rate it *** out of ****, or maybe even a little higher.

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