The Rainmaker

The Rainmaker

Director: Francis Ford Coppola Cast: Matt Damon, Claire Danes, Jon Voight
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Overview

The Rainmaker

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/24/2007
UPC: 0097361223940
Original Release: 1997
Rating: PG-13
Source: Paramount
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time: 2:15:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Commentary by Director Francis Ford Coppola and Actor Danny DeVito; Watch The Rainmaker with Francis Ford Coppola; Francis Ford Coppola Directs John Grisham's The Rainmaker; Deleted Scenes - Includes Extended Beginning and Alternate Ending; The Rainmaker Screen Tests

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 Art Director
Nelson Stoll Sound/Sound Designer
John Toll Cinematographer
John Grisham Source Author

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Rainmaker
1. Rudy Baylor [1:58]
2. Bruiser Stone & Assoc [5:31]
3. Donny Ray Black [4:42]
4. Miss Birdie's Will [3:22]
5. Ambulance Chasing [4:03]
6. Kelly Riker [12:32]
7. The Birdsongs [2:06]
8. Personally Involved [2:26]
9. "Let's Bolt" [4:01]
10. Sworn In By A Fool [3:31]
11. An Offer To Settle [4:53]
12. Judge Tyrone Kipler [4:08]
13. Donny Ray's Deposition [4:08]
14. I Just Wanted To See You [2:27]
15. Great Benefit [5:21]
16. Kelly Leaves Cliff [1:59]
17. A Wrongful Death [2:04]
18. Looking For Bugs [8:19]
19. Divorce Papers [:45]
20. Dot Black Testifies [8:10]
21. "Give Me The Bat" [7:24]
22. Everett Lufkin [2:45]
23. Jackie Lemancyzk [12:14]
24. Desoto vs Club Ruby [2:29]
25. Deny All Claims [7:38]
26. Closing Arguments [6:12]
27. Everybody Loses [3:40]
28. Credits [6:22]

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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.