The Rainmaker [DVD] [1997]

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Overall Customer Rating:
90% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (9 out of 10)

Synopsis


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. ~ Bhob Stewart, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Matt Damon
    Matt Damon - Rudy Baylor
  • Claire Danes
    Claire Danes - Kelly Riker
  • Jon Voight
    Jon Voight - Leo F. Drummond
  • Mary Kay Place
    Mary Kay Place - Dot Black
  • Mickey Rourke
    Mickey Rourke - Bruiser Stone



Overall customer rating

3.9
90%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Classic and climbing

    Posted
    Bearman
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    This film felt like an instant classic on first viewing. Holds up to the book if not exceeds it and that's rare. What's not to love? Directed by Frances Coppola, starring Matt Damon, Danny DeVito and Jon Voight. Real life look at young lawyers on the make and the sleazy side of law as well as the underbelly of insurance companies. And who doesn't like a good lawyer joke? A Feel good film without the sap or pap. Had to own this one!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good movie

    Posted
    Signification

    The original release of "The Rainmaker" is great for those who just want the movie and do not want to purchase the new special edition. The film itself is very interesting and is the last film Coppola has made (his new movie comes out later this year). Highly recommended.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Well Done Movie

    Posted
    kevman79

    Based on the popular Grisham novel, 'the Rainmaker' is a well done movie and sports a great cast. Well worth a watch. Widescreen, but fans may want to opt for the more recent special edition that has several bonus features not available here.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Coppola, Grisham and Damon!

    Posted
    matineeidol
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    I rate this David vs Goliath Hollywood movie 4.5 stars. Although it is "formula-matic", it works! Well written, directed and acted. DVD in 2.35:1 format with extra features. It deserves a remastered blu-ray release.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Well Done Movie

    Posted
    kevman79

    Based on the popular Grisham novel, 'the Rainmaker' is a well done movie and sports a great cast. Well worth a watch. Widescreen, special edition.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Drama

    Posted
    Kathy
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    Such a good movie. If you like the book then I think you will enjoy the movie.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Alright

    Posted
    CallawayMan

    This movie was well put together but it had some slow parts that lost my interest.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good movie

    Posted
    Usfbecky20
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    Great to use in my business law class with my class

    I would recommend this to a friend



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