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The Rain King 

When Mulder and Scully investigate a man who claims he can control the rain in a small, drought-stricken Kansas town, they encounter a force more powerful than the weather.


Kim Manners


Chris Carter (created by), Jeffrey Bell

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Episode complete credited cast:
David Duchovny ... Fox Mulder
Gillian Anderson ... Dana Scully
Victoria Jackson ... Sheila Fontaine
Clayton Rohner ... Daryl Mootz
David Manis ... Holman Hardt
Dirk Blocker ... Mayor Gilmore
Frankie Ingrassia ... Cindy Culpepper (as Francesca Ingrassia)
Tom McFadden Tom McFadden ... Doctor (as Thom McFadden)
Dan Gifford ... Local News Anchor
Sharon Madden Sharon Madden ... Hotel Manager
Brian Johnson ... Man (as Brian D. Johnson)
Sally Stevens ... Radio Singer


The mayor of a small Kansas town asks Mulder and Scully to investigate Daryl Mootz, a man who apparently can make it rain at will. The mayor believes Mootz is responsible for causing a local drought so that he can charge individuals for rain on their farms. Written by Muldernscully

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Release Date:

10 January 1999 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Property master Tom Day and costume designer Christine Peters constructed a fake prosthetic leg and a harness that pulled Rohner's actual leg out of the camera's sight. Rohner described the harness as "painful". See more »


Around 00:03:22, Daryl puts his left hand out of the car window. In the next shot, his left hand is holding the steering wheel. In the next shot, his left hand is out the window again. See more »


[a rainmaker is losing control of his powers]
Mulder: I'll build the ark, you gather the animals.
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References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »


Russian Easter Festival Overture
Composed by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
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Cute and funny
28 February 2008 | by silverlukasSee all my reviews

I don't agree with the common opinion about this episode. It's not sugary and trite, it's just different, and cute, and what's more - made with style! Who says that the most and only important things that define "The X Files" are their seriousness, darkness, scariness?...One of the greatest things about this show is that it can do anything, it can be frightening or action-like, or Gothic, or religious, or highly metaphorical, or funny, or ironic, or romantic, or nicely simple, or yes, even cheerfully light. I respect the fact that the crew were capable enough to play with genres and to create an unexpected episode, yet a quality one. Many TV-shows keep a strict line in what's expected of them, and all their episodes are very much similar. "The X Files" had the courage to try new things, not to follow regulations of what it "should be", and to risk and explore various territories. I would appreciate this courage even when it fails, but it doesn't fail in this episode.

I like everything in "The Rain King", it's full of nice moments and funny stuff in a kind, soft way. I like the clouds which laugh, Mulder's painted lips, Scully's speech about love and friendship, the rainbow with blue birds at the end. It is a must-see episode for shippers. And for anyone who can appreciate the style in a light, but honest episode and who is not ashamed to like cute things.

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