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21 November 1997 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
They were totally unqualified to try the case of a lifetime... but every underdog has his day.
Plot:
An idealistic young lawyer and his cynical partner take on a powerful law firm representing a corrupt insurance company. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 8 nominations See more »
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(71 articles)
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Matt Damon ... Rudy Baylor

Danny DeVito ... Deck Shifflet

Claire Danes ... Kelly Riker

Jon Voight ... Leo F. Drummond

Mary Kay Place ... Dot Black

Dean Stockwell ... Judge Harvey Hale

Teresa Wright ... Colleen 'Miss Birdie' Birdsong

Virginia Madsen ... Jackie Lemancyzk

Mickey Rourke ... Bruiser Stone

Andrew Shue ... Cliff Riker

Red West ... Buddy Black

Johnny Whitworth ... Donny Ray Black
Wayne Emmons ... Prince Thomas

Adrian Roberts ... Butch

Roy Scheider ... Wilfred Keeley

Randy Travis ... Billy Porter
Michael Girardin ... Everett Lufkin
Randall King ... Jack Underhall

Justin Ashforth ... F. Franklin Donaldson
Michael Keys Hall ... B. Bobby Shaw
James Cunningham ... J. Michael Floquet

Frank Clem ... Mr. Van Landel

Alan Woolf ... Kermit Aldy

Sonny Shroyer ... Delbert Birdsong
Pamela Tice Chapman ... Vera Birdsong
Trula M. Marcus ... Jewelry Saleswoman (as Trula Marcus)
Tony Dingman ... Bruiser's Driver
Daniel O'Callaghan ... Carl
Tom Kagy ... Homicide Detective
John Yancey ... Homicide Detective

Verda Davenport ... Jailer

Chris Gray ... Jury Foreman
Johnetta Shearer ... Courtroom Clerk

Tammy Wendel ... Court Reporter

Nate Bynum ... Mr. McKenzie
John Gray ... Hospital Volunteer
Sherry Sanford ... Nurse
Billy Ray Reynolds ... Murder Scene Bystander
Mary Lester ... Murder Scene Bystander
Deborah Frazier ... St. Peter's Receptionist
Vernon Newman ... Great Benefit Salesman
Lynn Carthane ... Newscaster
Rodney Peck ... Rehab Center Desk Clerk
Bill Lunn ... Bill Lunn
Terrance Stewart ... Boy with Broken Arm
Bridget Brunner ... Bruiser's Receptionist
Mike Cody ... Tinley Britt Lawyer
Donald Polden ... Legal Commentator
Eloise Dukes ... Court Clerk
Katherine Morrow ... Deposition Court Reporter
Alex Harvey ... Bar Exam Proctor

Melissa Hurst ... Waitress at Bar
Anasa Briggs-Graves ... Bailiff

Ronnie Dee Blaire ... Bailiff
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Alexis Brigham ... Mrs. Wilfred Keeley (uncredited)

Robyn Day ... Courtroom Attendant (uncredited)

Danny Glover ... Judge Tyrone Kipler (uncredited)
Marshall Taylor ... Mr. Riker (uncredited)
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Directed by
Francis Ford Coppola 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
John Grisham (novel)

Francis Ford Coppola (screenplay)

Michael Herr (narration)

Produced by
Michael Douglas .... producer
Fred Fuchs .... producer
Georgia Kacandes .... co-producer
Gary Marcus .... associate producer (as Gary Scott Marcus)
Steven Reuther .... producer
 
Original Music by
Elmer Bernstein 
 
Cinematography by
John Toll (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Melissa Kent (co-editor)
Barry Malkin 
 
Casting by
Linda Phillips-Palo 
 
Production Design by
Howard Cummings 
 
Art Direction by
Bob Shaw  (as Robert Shaw)
 
Set Decoration by
Barbara Munch 
 
Costume Design by
Aggie Guerard Rodgers 
 
Makeup Department
Lois Burwell .... supervising makeup artist
Catherine Childers .... assistant hair stylist: San Francisco
Debra Coleman .... additional makeup artist: San Francisco
Peggy Forcellini .... assistant hair stylist: San Francisco
Dino Ganziano .... hair stylist: Mr. Voight
Patricia Grande .... hair stylist
Whitney James .... makeup artist
Arturo Rojas .... supervising hair stylist
Jenny-King Turko .... additional makeup artist: San Francisco (as Jenny King)
Gary Archer .... dental prosthetics (uncredited)
Gloria Belz .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Shawn Finch .... key hair stylist: second unit (uncredited)
Sandy Jo Johnston .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Kim Aubry .... post-production supervisor
Katherine E. Beyda .... production supervisor
Georgia Kacandes .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michael Amundson .... first assistant director: second unit
Roman Coppola .... second unit director
Michael Floquet .... second second assistant director
David Kelley .... second assistant director
Gary Marcus .... first assistant director (as Gary Scott Marcus)
Polly Ann Mattson .... second assistant director: second unit (as Polly Mattson)
 
Art Department
Barry Barclay .... construction auditor
David Becton .... greensperson
Joe Biggins .... art department coordinator: San Francisco
Pete Bowman .... carpenter: San Francisco (as Peter Bowman)
Jennifer Clinard .... painter: San Francisco
Richard W. Clot .... construction coordinator: San Francisco (as Rich Clot)
Robbie Clot .... foreperson: San Francisco (as Robert Clot)
Keith Darwin .... scenic charge
J. Michael Davis .... set dresser: San Francisco (as Jonathan Michael Davis)
Todd Hatfield .... painter
Jeffrey Paul Johnson .... assistant property master
Jeffrey Paul Johnson .... property master: second unit
Jeffrey Kushon .... lead person (as Jeff Kushon)
Geoffrey Lake .... greensperson: San Francisco
Sydney Ann Lunn .... assistant greensperson
Brick Mason .... storyboard artist
Eugene McCarthy .... property master
Jeffrey D. McDonald .... art director: San Francisco (as Jeffrey McDonald)
Jeffrey D. McDonald .... assistant art director (as Jeffrey McDonald)
Ray Mondoux .... assistant construction coordinator: San Francisco
Scott P. Murphy .... set designer (as Scott Murphy)
Jim Poynter .... set dresser: San Francisco
Miles Puccinelli .... carpenter: San Francisco
Spencer H. Register .... set dresser (as Spencer Register)
Tom Richardson .... lead painter: San Francisco (as Edward Tom Richardson)
Thomas Michael Ryan .... construction foreperson
Jeffrey Schlatter .... construction coordinator (as Jeff Schlatter)
Phillipa Sledge .... art department coordinator
Kelsey Smith .... set dresser: San Francisco
A.E. Stapleton .... shop foreman (as Arthur 'Jeep' Stapleton)
Robert Testerman .... scenic foreperson
Larry J. White II .... set dresser (as Larry White)
Steven T. Duke .... art department (uncredited)
Loren Hillman-Morgan .... scenic artist: San Francisco (uncredited)
Lauren Lustig .... props (uncredited)
James F. Oberlander .... construction foreman: San Francisco sets (uncredited)
Josh Sheppard .... storyboard artist: second unit (uncredited)
Joshua Teicher .... carpenter: San Francisco (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Stephen Balliet .... cable/utility person: San Francisco
Stephen Balliet .... utility sound: San Francisco
Bob Baron .... adr mixer
Mark Berger .... sound re-recording mixer
David Betancourt .... foley mixer (as Dave Betancourt)
Nathan Black .... cable person
Kim B. Christensen .... sound effects editor (as Kim Christensen)
David A. Cohen .... dialogue editor (as David Cohen)
Ethan Derner .... sound transfer
Dawn Fintor .... foley artist
Clare C. Freeman .... adr editor (as Clare Freeman)
Larry Hoki .... sound recordist
Randy Honaker .... recording supervisor
Pete Horner .... sound transfer
Scott Kinzey .... boom operator
Michael Kirchberger .... supervising sound editor
Robert Knox .... recording supervisor
Bruce Lacey .... adr editor
Mark Levinson .... supervising adr editor (as Mark A. Levinson)
David McDonald .... adr recordist (as Dave McDonald)
Jeremy Molod .... apprentice sound editor
Douglas Murray .... adr recordist (as Doug Murray)
Tim O'Shea .... foley editor
Larry Oatfield .... dialogue editor (as E. Larry Oatfield)
Joseph Piantadosi .... foley recordist
Brian Sarvis .... recording supervisor
Larry Schalit .... assistant adr editor
Michael Semanick .... sound re-recording mixer
Alicia Stevenson .... foley artist
Dianna Stirpe .... dialogue editor
Nelson Stoll .... sound mixer
Erich Stratmann .... apprentice sound editor
Roy Waldspurger .... first assistant sound editor
Jennifer L. Ware .... sound effects editor (as Jennifer Ware)
Paul J. Zydel .... adr mixer (as Paul Zydel)
Richard Calistan .... adr mixer: Toronto (uncredited)
Peter Steinbach .... additional sound effects (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Michael Ahasay .... special effects foreman (as Mike Ahasay)
Guy Clayton Jr. .... special effects coordinator (as Guy Clayton)
Reuben Goldberg .... special effects: San Francisco
Pierre Maurer .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Richard Drown .... stunts
Andy Gill .... stunts
Jack Gill .... stunt coordinator
Steve Picerni .... stunts
Scott Wilder .... stunts
Charlie Brewer .... stunts (uncredited)
Lisa Dempsey .... stunts (uncredited)
Barbara Anne Klein .... stunts (uncredited)
Anthony G. Schmidt .... stunt driver (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Paul C. Babin .... camera operator (as Paul Babin)
Ben Beaird .... first company grip
Hugh Byrne .... first company grip: second unit (as Hugh Byrnes)
Phillip V. Caruso .... still photographer (as Phil Caruso)
Tom Clark .... lighting technician
Doug Cook .... second company grip (as Douglas Cook)
Joe Crowley .... chief lighting technician: San Francisco
Jennifer Desplinter .... second assistant photographer: San Francisco
Rolf Eberlein .... lighting technician
Sean Floor .... grip: San Francisco
Tom Fox .... video assist operator
Jeff Gilliam .... chief lighting technician: San Francisco
Joachim Hanwright .... second company grip: San Francisco
Rory Herbster .... assistant chief lighting technician: Memphis
Philip Ho .... first company grip: San Francisco (as Phil Ho)
Beth Horton .... second assistant photographer: Memphis
Frantz Jantzen .... montage photographer
Dave June .... first assistant camera: second unit (as David June)
Jeff Kunkel .... dolly grip
David Leonard .... grip
Henry Massey .... grip
Dick Oakes .... chief lighting technician: Memphis
Russ Phillips .... camera loader
James Plannette .... chief lighting technician (as Jim Plannette)
Enrico Respini .... assistant chief lighting technician: San Francisco
Patrick Ryan .... assistant chief lighting technician: San Francisco
Anthony R. Taubert .... grip: San Francisco (as Anthony Taubert)
Mike Thomas .... first assistant camera
Nick Thomas .... assistant chief lighting technician
Richard Tibbetts .... lighting technician
Chris Toll .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Tommy D. Walker .... first company grip: Memphis (as Tommy 'Mook' Walker)
Tommy D. Walker .... grip (as Tommy 'Mook' Walker)
Don W. Wegner .... grip (as Don Wegner)
Don W. Wegner .... second company grip: Memphis (as Don Wegner)
Darryl Wilson .... grip
Eric Wilson .... lighting technician
Frank Yario Jr. .... 24 frame video operator (as Frank Yario)
Frank Yario Jr. .... video playback operator (as Frank Yario)
Robert D. Yeoman .... director of photography: second unit (as Bob Yeoman)
Kevin B. May .... electrician (uncredited)
Kevin B. May .... rigging electrician (uncredited)
Michael Meier .... lighting technician (uncredited)
Jesse Wayne Parker .... key rigging grip (uncredited)
John 'Bones' Rogers .... electrician (uncredited)
Kevin Thompson .... assistant chief lighting technician (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Reez Colon .... casting assistant: San Francisco
Lori Cooper .... casting assistant: Los Angeles
Laura Folger .... location casting: San Francisco
Ingrid Franz .... casting assistant: San Francisco
Chris Gray .... extras casting (as Christopher Gray)
Barbara Harris .... adr voice casting
Adam Mclaughlin .... casting assistant: Memphis (as Adam McLaughlin)
Davia Nelson .... location casting
Fred Roos .... casting executive
Jason White .... extras casting assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Michael Becker .... set costumer: San Francisco (as Mick Becker)
Jody Berke .... set costumer: San Francisco
Winnie D. Brown .... costume supervisor (as Winnie Brown-Willis)
Barbara Hartman-Jenichen .... set costumer: San Francisco
Jennifer Jobst .... key set costumer
Ruth Lipaine .... set costumer: second unit
Eileen McCahill .... set costumer
Daniela Moore .... set costumer (as Daniella Moore)
Alfonso Renteria .... costume constructor (as Alphonso Renteria)
Susan Thomas .... costume assistant
 
Editorial Department
Megan B. Agosto .... assistant film editor (as Megan Agosto)
Rob Bonz .... apprentice editor
Gus Carpenter .... assistant editor: lightworks
Phil Hetos .... color timer (as Philip Hetos)
Glenn Kasprzycki .... telecine supervisor
Harris Leibowitz .... video colorist
Theresa Repola Mohammed .... negative cutter
Marc Sadeghi .... post-production facility coordinator
Tim Sternberg .... assistant editor: lightworks
 
Music Department
Emilie A. Bernstein .... orchestrator
Kathy Durning .... music editor
Barney Jones .... assistant music editor
Nathan Kaproff .... orchestra contractor
Michael Lang .... musician: hammond organ (as Mike Lang)
Warren Luening .... musician: trumpeter
Dan Wallin .... music recordist
Don Was .... music consultant
George Doering .... musician (uncredited)
Jo Ann Kane .... music copyist (uncredited)
James Thatcher .... musician: french horn (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Jerry Drake .... transportation captain: second unit (as Jerry 'JD' Drake)
Joshua Hancock .... picture vehicle researcher (as Josh Hancock)
John R. Lopez .... transportation captain: San Francisco (as John Lopez)
Dennis Milliken .... transportation coordinator
Lee Stepp .... transportation captain
Marshall Taylor .... transportation captain
Greg Bronner .... unit transportation captain (uncredited)
Tony Dingman .... driver: San Francisco (uncredited)
Frank Rocha .... driver (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Pamela Abdy .... assistant: Mr. De Vito
Sheila Allen .... production auditor
Amy Alson .... studio teacher
Sydney Babbitt .... auditing clerk
Nathan Black .... utility person
Laura Brownson .... assistant production coordinator: San Francisco
John Brudenell .... production assistant
Peter Budd .... production assistant
Sarah Bullion .... production assistant
Margaret Drew Clark .... assistant: Mr. Damon
Jon Copley .... second assistant auditor
Darian Corley .... production assistant
Michael Cruickshank .... production assistant
Christopher Desmond .... medic coordinator: San Francisco (as Chris Desmond)
Tony Dingman .... poet in residence
Peter J. Dowd Jr. .... production assistant (as Peter Dowd)
Scott Elias .... location manager
Wayne Emmons .... technical legal consultant
Jorge Esqueda .... caterer
Renee Featherstone .... assistant: Mr. Douglas
Page Feldman .... assistant production coordinator
Wayne Fitzgerald .... title designer
Jennifer Garces .... production assistant
Finley Glaize .... assistant: Mr. Coppola
Jose Gonzales .... caterer
Ken Haber .... location manager: San Francisco
Lauren Hallinan .... technical legal consultant
Patrick Hallinan .... technical legal consultant
Kirsten Hampton .... production assistant
Mads Hansen .... assistant production coordinator
Karis Jagger .... production assistant
Shannon Kane .... post-production auditor
Brian Keyser .... production assistant
Patricia S. Kingery .... payroll auditor
Elizabeth Kirkscey .... assistant: Ms. Kacandes
Shannon Lail .... assistant: Mr. Fuchs
Lisa Maniscalco .... production secretary
Wende Martin .... craft service
Anna Mewbourne .... assistant location manager
Jamie Midgley .... assistant: Mr. Douglas
Anahid Nazarian .... script supervisor
Christopher Neil .... dialogue coach
Kathy Orloff .... unit publicist (as Katherine Orloff)
David Overend .... production assistant
Leslie Park .... script supervisor: second unit
Shelby Payne .... craft service
Juan Reyes .... caterer
Deborah Ricketts .... video researcher
Matt Robertson .... production assistant
Steven Samanen .... production assistant (as Steve Samanen)
Mark Sanders .... production assistant
Greta Seacat .... acting coach
Meg Seigenthaler .... production assistant
David Sousa .... animal wrangler
Howard Stein .... post facility supervisor
Laura Tateishi .... production coordinator (as Laura 'LT' Tateishi)
Ash Taylor .... production assistant (as Ashley Taylor)
Judy Thomason .... assistant: Mr. Reuther
Bill Tlusty .... production assistant
Lisa Ullmann .... assistant: Mr. Reuther (as Lisa Ullman)
Keri Whitehead .... soup lady
Mary Anna 'M.A.' Woodbury .... first assistant auditor (as Mary Anna 'MA' Woodbury)
Richard Young .... craft service: second unit
Saundra Marie Ardito .... second assistant accountant (uncredited)
Lamonte Bell .... payroll accountant (uncredited)
Kim Crockett .... stand-in: Claire Danes (uncredited)
Dana Gabrion .... production assistant (uncredited)
Jan Haley .... stand-in (uncredited)
Adam Hatley .... stand-in: Edward Norton and Matt Damon (uncredited)
David Kallaway .... production assistant (uncredited)
Bill McAdams Jr. .... photo double: Matt Damon (uncredited)
Rich Pence .... production assistant (uncredited)
Senia Phillips .... animal trainer: dog (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Ken Bowman .... thanks
Walter Crews .... thanks
Willie Herenton .... thanks
Carey Hoffman .... thanks
Nathan Hoffman .... thanks
Ed Levine .... thanks
Jim Rout .... thanks
Linn Sitler .... thanks
Pam Walker-Wilcox .... thanks
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"John Grisham's The Rainmaker" - USA (complete title)
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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for a strong beating and elements of domestic abuse
Runtime:
135 min
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Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Brazil:12 | Canada:PG (Alberta/Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:14A (British Columbia) | Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Chile:14 | Finland:K-12 | France:U | Germany:12 (w) | Iceland:L | Netherlands:12 | Norway:15 | Philippines:PG-13 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG | South Korea:15 | Spain:13 | Sweden:11 | Switzerland:12 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:12 (canton of Vaud) | UK:15 | USA:PG-13 (certificate #35679)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Nick Nolte was originally cast in the film.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: During Rudy's first conversation with Miss Birdie, the amount of writing on his legal pad varies between shots.See more »
Quotes:
Rudy Baylor:What's wrong with ethics?
Deck Shiffler:Nothing... I guess.
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Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Baby Scratch My BackSee more »

FAQ

What does the title "The Rainmaker" mean?
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31 out of 41 people found the following review useful.
applause, 15 October 2004
Author: michael10sley from Birmingham, AL

The Raimaker was a _great film, adherent to the book, even to the deposition of Donny Ray Black being moved from his bedroom to the backyard and his father getting into his old Ford to drink his gin.

Of course I seldom watch a movie without reading the book first as that gives me insight into the innuendos presented,and to see how closely the movie follows the book.

For those viewers who don't like to read I _still think the movie has continuity and an easy to follow plot development.

Very good entertainment, especially if you like Matt Damon, Danny Devito, John Voight and the delight of Virginia Madsen simply being on screen.

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