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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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Deck Shifflet
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Leo F. Drummond
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Dot Black
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Judge Harvey Hale
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Colleen 'Miss Birdie' Birdsong
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Cliff Riker
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Buddy Black
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Butch
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Wilfred Keeley
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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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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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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

Teresa Wright's final film. 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 »

Quotes

Rudy Baylor: I'm curious.
Leo F. Drummond: About what?
Rudy Baylor: I'm just wonderin'... do you even remember when you first sold out?
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There is a credit for "Poet in Residence". See more »

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Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #21.197 (2013) See more »

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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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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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