The Rainmaker (1997)
Rudy Baylor: Every lawyer, at least once in every case, feels himself crossing a line that he doesn't really mean to cross... it just happens... And if you cross it enough times it disappears forever. And then you're nothin but another lawyer joke. Just another shark in the dirty water.
Rudy Baylor: What's the difference between a lawyer and a hooker? A hooker'll stop screwing you when you're dead.
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?
Deck Shiffler: [after waking Rudy with a before-sunrise phone call] Guess who died last night?
Rudy Baylor: Who? Do you ever sleep?
Deck Shiffler: Harvey Hale! Age 62, quite a pedigree.
Rudy Baylor: Judge Hale?
Deck Shiffler: Yep. Croaked with a heart attack, dropped dead by his swimming pool.
Rudy Baylor: You gotta be kidding me!
Deck Shiffler: Guess which newly-made judge was assigned to Great Benefit's case?
Rudy Baylor: How the hell am I supposed to know that, Deck?
Deck Shiffler: Tyrone Kipler. Black, Harvard, civil-rights lawyer. Hates Tinley Britt, and he's tough on insurance companies. You know what a Rainmaker is, kid? The bucks are gonna be falling from the sky.
Rudy Baylor: How do you know when a lawyer is lying? His lips are moving.
Rudy Baylor: In my first year of law school everybody loved everybody else, 'cause we were all studying the law, and the law was a noble thing. By my third year you were lucky if you weren't murdered in your sleep. People stole exams, hid research materials from the library, and lied to the professors. Such is the nature of the profession.
Rudy Baylor: My dad hated lawyers. You might think I became one just to piss him off, but you'd be wrong. Did piss him off so much though that when he heard he fell off a ladder and didn't know who to sue first.
Rudy Baylor: Objection. Your honor, he's leading the witness.
Judge Kipler: This is cross examination, leading is allowed. Overruled, as to leading.
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 off - he was pissed off anyway.
Rudy Baylor: Sworn in by a fool and vouched for by a scoundrel. I'm a lawyer at last.
Rudy Baylor: There's gotta be a hundred years of law experience sitting at this very table. My staff has flunked the bar exam six times.
Rudy Baylor: I knew exactly what was going on here. Just like when Daddy was in the bedroom crying and Mommy was sitting in the kitchen, face all bloody, saying that Daddy was sorry.
Deck Shiffler: You know what a Rainmaker is, kid? The bucks are gonna be falling from the sky.
Rudy Baylor: I'm just another lawyer. Just another shark in the dirty water.
Rudy Baylor: All due respect, Mr. Drummond, this is my deposition, I'm gonna call the witnesses in the order I see fit. So, I'd like to start with Jackie Lemancyzk.
Rudy Baylor: Maybe we should just go call the judge, and...
Leo F. Drummond: Oh, I don't believe we have to get pugilistic this time of the morning.
Leo F. Drummond: I may not be 100% today but I'm here in spirit.
[everybody laughs except Rudy]
Rudy Baylor: I'm hot. In fact, I'm so hot, there's no place for me to go but down. Every client I ever have will expect the same magic, nothing less. I could probably give it to them, if it didn't matter how I did it. Then I'd wake up one morning and find that I'd become Leo Drummond