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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Rudy Baylor
... Deck Shifflet
... Kelly Riker
... Leo F. Drummond
... Dot Black
... Judge Harvey Hale
... Colleen 'Miss Birdie' Birdsong
... Jackie Lemancyzk
... Bruiser Stone
... Cliff Riker
... Buddy Black
... Donny Ray Black
Wayne Emmons ... Prince Thomas
... Butch
... Wilfred Keeley
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Storyline

Rudy Baylor is a young attorney out to make a difference in the justice system. He is also the only hope of an elderly couple after their corrupt insurance company refuses to payout a claim that could save their child's life. In this judicial drama, Baylor rails against corporate lawyers, corrupt judges, and abusive husbands, all with the help of a fellow lawyer who hasn't even passed his bar exam. He is facing long odds in the courtroom - and this is only his first case. 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

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Rated PG-13 for a strong beating and elements of domestic abuse | See all certifications »

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21 November 1997 (USA)  »

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John Grisham's The Rainmaker  »

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Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,626,507, 23 November 1997, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$45,856,732, 15 March 1998
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The movie that Rudy (Matt Damon) and Kelly (Claire Danes) go to see is The Lover (1992). See more »

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Wine bottle and amount of wine in glass during the scene where Bruiser, Rudy, and Deck are eating. 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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Five Long Years
Written by Eddie Boyd
Performed by Muddy Waters
Courtesy of MCA Records
Under license from Universal Music Special Markets
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15 October 2004 | by See all my reviews

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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