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The Rainmaker (1997)

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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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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?


One of four films shot back to back to back by Matt Damon. The first was Good Will Hunting which would open in December 1997. The second was The Rainmaker which would open in November 1997, a few weeks before Good Will Hunting, his Oscar winning film. Saving Private Ryan, which is his first post Oscar winning film starring Oscar Winner Tom Hanks would be released in July 1998. The last one was Rounders co-starring Edward Norton which was filming in late November/December 1997 when both The Rainmaker and Good Will Hunting were released theatrically. Rounders wouldn't be released until September 1998 just two months after Saving Private Ryan would be released. See more »


Around 13 minutes in the film when Rudy is questioning Mrs. Birdie about her will, the amount of writing on his legal pad changes from shot to shot, sometimes showing a blank pad, to showing various amounts of scratched out text. 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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User Reviews

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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