The Rainmaker

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Overview

Francis Ford Coppola is both scripter and director of this drama adapted from the John Grisham novel about broke, inexperienced Memphis law-school graduate Rudy Baylor Matt Damon, ready to take any job he can find. Signing on with slimy Bruiser Stone Mickey Rourke, he learns ambulance-chasing tactics from Bruiser's leg man Deck Schifflet Danny DeVito and meets battered teen Kelly Riker Claire Danes, abused by her husband Andrew Shue. Baylor has his own clients -- friendly Miss Birdie Teresa Wright, who has a ...
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Overview

Francis Ford Coppola is both scripter and director of this drama adapted from the John Grisham novel about broke, inexperienced Memphis law-school graduate Rudy Baylor Matt Damon, ready to take any job he can find. Signing on with slimy Bruiser Stone Mickey Rourke, he learns ambulance-chasing tactics from Bruiser's leg man Deck Schifflet Danny DeVito and meets battered teen Kelly Riker Claire Danes, abused by her husband Andrew Shue. Baylor has his own clients -- friendly Miss Birdie Teresa Wright, who has a large estate to dispose of, and desperate Dot Black Mary Kay Place, whose son Donnie Ray Johnny Whitworth has terminal leukemia. Medical intervention could have spared his life, but the Great Benefit Insurance Company denied coverage, preventing Donnie Ray from getting a life-saving bone marrow transplant. Rudy finds a place to live in the apartment behind Miss Birdie's house. Deck and Rudy split from Bruiser to start their small firm. When they take on the Blacks' case, they go up against the insurance company's high-priced law firm and are continually thwarted by slick lawyer Leo F. Drummond Jon Voight. Rudy's voiceover narration was scripted by Michael Herr. Filmed on location in Memphis.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Robert Firsching
Matt Damon shines as a naive young Memphis lawyer whose first few cases teach him a great deal about ethics in this well-done adaptation of the John Grisham novel. Damon falls for an abused woman (Claire Danes), helps an elderly widow re-write her will, and -- in the story's central case -- takes on a team of fatcat lawyers (headed by superbly smarmy Jon Voight) representing a crooked insurance company. Director Francis Ford Coppola has assembled a terrific cast, including Danny De Vito, Roy Scheider, and Mary Kay Place, and proves once again that he is a master at getting the best from his actors. If the plot machinations strain credibility at times, the heartfelt performances, brisk pacing, and unexpected comic moments more than make up for it, resulting in one of the more entertaining Grisham adaptations to hit the screen.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/1/2013
  • UPC: 883929302772
  • Original Release: 1997
  • Source: Paramount Catalog
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 14,844

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Matt Damon Rudy Baylor
Claire Danes Kelly Riker
Jon Voight Leo F. Drummond
Mary Kay Place Dot Black
Mickey Rourke Bruiser Stone
Danny DeVito Deck Schifflet
Dean Stockwell Judge Harvey Hale
Teresa Wright Miss Birdie
Virginia Madsen Jackie Lemancyzk
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
Danny Glover Judge Tyrone Kipler (uncredited)
Technical Credits
Francis Ford Coppola Director, Screenwriter
Elmer Bernstein Score Composer
Howard Cummings Production Designer
Michael Douglas Producer
Fred Fuchs Producer
Georgia Kacandes Co-producer
Melissa Kent Editor
Barry Malkin Editor
Gary Scott Marcus Associate Producer, Asst. Director
Jeff McDonald Art Director
Barbara Munch Set Decoration/Design
Scott Murphy Set Decoration/Design
Linda Phillips-Palo Casting
Steven E. Reuther Producer
Aggie Guerard Rodgers Costumes/Costume Designer
Robert K. Shaw Jr. Art Director
Nelson Stoll Sound/Sound Designer
John Toll Cinematographer
John Grisham Source Author
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Another great one by Grisham

    I always enjoy a John Grisham plot--this one is no exception. Plenty of suspense that will keep you guessing until the end of the movie.

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