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The Rainmaker (1997)

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>

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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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Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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:

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

Gross:

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

The movie takes place in, and was filmed in, Memphis, Tennessee. Red West (Buddy Black) was born and raised in Memphis, and was part of Elvis Presley's "Memphis Mafia". See more »

Goofs

During the fight, Rudy hits Cliff's head/face area with the bat. A notable amount of blood hits the wall. A moment later, when Cliff's face is shown, there is no wound or blood visible anywhere near his face or head. 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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There is a credit for "Poet in Residence". See more »

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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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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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