The Rainmaker (1997)

 


 

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Genre: Crime,Drama,Thriller

The Rainmaker (1997)
   
Release Date: 21 November 1997 (USA)
Country: USA
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Cast:
  • Matt Damon
  • Danny DeVito
  • Claire Danes
  • Jon Voight
  • Mary Kay Place
  • Dean Stockwell
  • Teresa Wright
  • Virginia Madsen
  • Mickey Rourke
  • Andrew Shue
  • Red West
  • Johnny Whitworth
  • Wayne Emmons
  • Adrian Roberts
  • Roy Scheider


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33 Responses to The Rainmaker (1997)

  1. NOSaints26
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    This was a late November release, with a legend directing it and an all-star cast. Good movie. Why wasn’t it nominated for any Oscars?

  2. rossanna-1
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    There is no mention of Danny Glover in the cast or list of credits. WHY? I thought he was wonderful in his part – he was the perfect actor to take over the new judge’s position. He should have been right at the top with Matt Damon, Danny DeVito and the others. Never have I seen this happen before. Was there some kind of legal agreement that his name not appear? As I am not involved in the movie industry I can’t imagine why there would be a reason to keep him from being listed. Any answers to this?

  3. Anchor81
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    I have to say everyone always mentions how well the supporting cast done ,such as john voight etc… but what about mickey rourke ,he was so cool in this movie and looked the business..

    Great character acting from mickey i say!

  4. ronaldo_2004
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    whats the better film..the rainmaker or my cousin vinny?

    i know i know their two stlightly different films..one is funnier than the other, but same concepts..of course the devil’s advocate buries both these films, however which of the two is better…id say the rainmaker.. perhaps ya’ll beg to differ?

  5. essemgy
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    After Rudy/Deck discovered that their phones were being tapped, why wouldn’t they have wanted to approach the judge? If there had been evidence of the wire taps, what kind of consequences would Drummond and his firm/client have endured? It seems as though if Rudy wanted to prove Drummond was indeed tapping his lines, the whole stunt involving the juror would be more than sufficient evidence.

  6. dbatie
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    i tried to watch the whole thing but it started at 3;00 am and ended at 6;00 am so i fell asleep in the middle so can some one tell me if matt damon clair danes kiss in this movie.

  7. SashaVice
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    This is seriously the most boring movie that has ever existed. That is all.

  8. climbergurl_85
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    Did anyone notice that the father did not say a single word in the movie? Anyone have an idea of why that was?

  9. TPro1
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    There are more Lawyers in Law School then there are practising law at this moment..

    Was this line in this movie? I was thinking about this line and if it were true or not?

    I remember hearing it in a movie and I believe it might have been this one… Anyway, If it wasnt does anyone have any idea what movie it was in??

  10. stickyfingaz_reincarnated
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    Did he do that for a role or was he just in shape for his own good? Dude’s chiseled in this flick, though.


    You know, I don’t find this stuff amusing anymore…

  11. rspear61
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    Can someone explain to me why they played the trick on Drummond regarding the juror that they pretended they contacted. I mean really, was it just to screw with him. I thought sure they were going to use the incident to prove some illegal procedures against the other law firm. Its the only part of the film that seemed to go against the rest of the movie’s seriousness.

    "We’re going to need a bigger boat…"

    http://www.imdb.com/mymovies/list?l=17200767

  12. ChristopherJenzen
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    Now,jon Voight wasnt nominated for an Oscar,but for the award i respect the most,the golden Globe,since its not Hollywood,but foreign press that hands out the nominations.I think he was great as Leo F.Drummond.No emotions involved,strictly business,uninterested when sitting on the sideline just to explode and almost toy with the witnesses when hes crossexaminating.Very unlikable,very believable.No one can be the villain in a suit like Voight. Damon also did a great job and should have been nominated slso.Rourke? Get outta here!! His first decent role and movie in 10 years is not enough for a nomination.He is pretty good,no more…

  13. joadaliscious
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    OK. I thought this was a very well acted movie, but Claire Danes’ character ‘Kelly’ murdered her husband, and we presume she GOT OFF on a manslaughter charge based on self defense.

    I’m sorry, but the guy was very obviously alive when the door was shutting as ‘Rudy’ left the house. And then there was the sound of her giving the deathblow via a final crack to the head with a baseball bat. (Aluminum of course. You just don’t get that sweet skull-splitting sound with wood)

    Oh, and nevermind the fact that the roughly 2000 claims a year (over 150 per month) that would have been paid for are now completely nullified by our selfless protagonists’ actions.

    Great movie.

    Morally repugnant.

    Since I haven’t read the book, I wonder if Grisham or Coppola is the dirty socialist behind this fine film…

  14. sh1my
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    however the book is roughly 600 pages and this was a decent movie. The part I wish they put more emphasis in the movie was Rudy at the trial, he did a masterful job (in the book) working the Great Benefit exec’s

    The movie doesnt pick up until 160 or so pages into the book, I found most of the first 160 pages boring for a Grisham novel

  15. Joshua24fan
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    In the book, Ms. Birdie actually went to live with her sons in Florida and although in the book she wanted to come back and finally she was set to come back, Rudy had already packed his belongings and left.

    In the book, Rudy is actually hired as a paralegal for a law firm using him just to get the Black case.

    Rudy is questioned by police about burning that law firms building down and since he is flat broke and needs a lawyer, Prince takes him to see Bruiser and that is how he starts working there.

    The jury trick was actually used on all jurors they did not like. Deck talked to Rudy about talking to jurors they did not want. Obviously though, the one they really didn’t want was the only one they pretended to contact (Randy Travis).

    The Riker family calls with death threats to Rudy and police station after they find out Cliff was killed (they were described as drunkards and white trash).

    A law professor in Memphis was the one that helped Rudy develop the case against Great Benefits. A lot of his lines in the books are spoken by Deck in the movie ("street surance", etc)

    The trial was actually easy for Rudy in the book. He nailed everyone and Drummond never had a chance.

    They had to hide Kelly in an underground shelter for abused women after filing the divorce, instead of staying with Ms Birdie.

    Drummond is not at the deposition at Great Benefits in Cleveland.

    Bruiser is never heard from again after he skips town. Although later on, Deck says he had 4 million in cash hidden and would give Deck 10% of the cash if he got it safely to Miami (there was no call about stolen evidence)

    Bruiser was described as a fat 300 pound guy (surely you wouldn’t have pictured Mickey Rourke, although he was great)

    Buddy Black never received a picture frame of Donny Ray and never showed it in court crying "why"

    Donnie Ray had a twin brother who was an exact match for a bone marrow transplant

    Drummand actually apposed having Rudy argue the motions in the courtroom (before he got his license). In the movie, he wanted Rudy too argue the motions, so he stood as the witness.

    Deck never got up and started questioning CEO Keely because Rudy was late.

    All in all though I thought it was a great book and I think the movie was really good as well.

  16. wd_40
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    Some may not agree, but minus a promising couple of seconds here and there, this movie has got to go down as some one of the worst scores in history. I couldn’t help but cringe often at the atrocious tempos and awkward melodies. Anyone else agree? It was like watching the Untouchables all over again…

  17. G. McFly
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    Rudy’s colleague in Law school – the big-headed guy who orderes a pitcher of beer during the opening montage and who laughs after taking the bar exams – he’s on the counsel for Tinley Brit with Leo Drummund and Co!

    LOL @ PremRaj

  18. vermontfudge
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    From an article today about Coppola:


    Younger and aspiring filmmakers today grew up in the years of Coppola’s work-for-hire, get-out-of-debt films. He escaped that debt. And something about his last film (The Rainmaker) reminded him of why he became a "maverick" in the first place. He wanted to cast an actor he considers "one of the three greatest actors of his generation" for the lead. He couldn’t.

    "They said, ‘No, you can’t use Johnny Depp in it. He’s not a big enough star,’ " Coppola recalls of that 1997 film. "I’ll never forget the expression on Johnny’s face when I had to tell him that. A great actor, and now he’s a huge star. But when I said, ‘Listen, they absolutely forbid me to cast you in this,’ he said, ‘But we thought you were a god!’ "

    Coppola lets out a rueful laugh.

    "A lot of people think that being a name director, you do absolutely what you want to do and only what you want to do. Maybe Steven Spielberg’s earned that right with his extraordinary career. But he would be the only one who has that type of power."


    http://www.orlandosentinel.com/entertainment/orl-coppola08jan20,0,6335 327.story

    That’s really stupid, in 1996/1997 Damon wasn’t even that big a star, he hadn’t done much yet:

    http://imdb.com/name/nm0000354/

    and Depp had already done a lot of wonderful stuff

    http://imdb.com/name/nm0000136/

  19. Ilario1
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    I pull this one out from time to time to give it a look. Loved Danny DeVito and Mickey Rourke too.

  20. ecarle
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    As I post this, Mickey Rourke is on the comeback trail and maybe gonna win and Oscar for "The Wrestler."

    They say he’s been "15 years in the wilderness," but I’ve seen him in some films during that time and he was great. In two of them — "Sin City" and "The Rainmaker" — he pretty much stole the movies out from under all-star ensemble casts.

    Most people remember Mickey as Marv in "Sin City," but I also remember the charge that Mickey Rourke brought to the fairly routine 1997 film (by Francis Coppola, yet) of John Grisham’s "The Rainmaker."

    Matt Damon was a not-proven young star, so Coppola surrounded him with old pros.

    Mickey Rourke entered early as "Bruiser Stone," the only lawyer in a Deep South town who would actually hire Damon’s unproven young lawyer. You gotta figure a guy named Bruiser is a "different" kind of attorney, and Damon soon learns that Bruiser, who works from a strip mall with a shark tank on the premises, is an ambulance chaser extraordinaire who sees lawyering as no less commission-predatory than used car selling.

    The thing about Rourke as Bruiser is that, even though he seems menacing and crooked, he seems to actually feel that young Damon is worth a chance, and he gives it to him when nobody else would.

    Then he disapears from the movie…on the run from the Feds in the Bahamas or some such (and leaving behind Old Pro Danny DeVito as a non-lawyer sidekick to help Damon). You miss Bruiser Stone.

    And then, almost miraculously late in the film, Bruiser reappears for a scene. He’s in a Caribbean beach town, but he takes a call from Damon to…actually offer sound legal advice and citations on a key case! Who’da thunk it? Bruiser had a sharp legal brain, after all.

    (Rourke’s sudden reappearance in "The Rainmaker" to save the day with a legal citation is equalled by Rourke’s sudden reappearance in "Sin City" in a later segment after Marv has left the movie, just sitting in a bar while Bruce Willis works the room. To see Marv again is to love him. And that grin. BTW: Bruce Willis has said that many saw him as a "pseudo-Mickey Rourke" in his early days as an 80’s actor.)

    Randy the Ram Robinson is a great character utilizing a lot of Mickey Rourke’s late-breaking broken-down charisma.

    But that charisma has always been there. Marv and Bruiser Stone are living proof.

  21. taxidr4183
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    Check out this Top 5 of Mickey Rourke’s 5 finest performances:

    http://www.southcoasttoday.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20090220/SC2 470203/90220004/-1/RSS247

    Does anybody agree or want to share another Top 5 List?

  22. bluejake235
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    What was the logic of Matt Damon breaking client confidentiality and telling his landlady’s family that she had lots of money? They didn’t seem to be the nicest of people?

  23. Joshua24fan
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    If the Blacks were suing Great Benefits, that would make the Blacks Plaintiffs and Great Benefits the defendents. So how come during summations, Great Benefits lawyer (Jon Voight) goes first? I read the book awhile ago and do not remember what happened, I plan on reading it again. Was is something Coppola wanted to do in hopes of no one really noticing so for dramatic effect he had Rudy Baylor go last? Or can a defendent go first if they prefer?

  24. cquirk
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    ROY SCHEIDER’S FINAL FILM “IRON CROSS” – TRAILER & UPDATE MAY 2009

    Calibra Pictures is pleased to announce the release of the trailer for Roy Scheider’s last film “Iron Cross”.

    The revenge thriller, written and directed by Joshua Newton, will be previewed towards the end of the year in Los Angeles, following our Roy Scheider Film Week, dates and location tbc.

    The trailer can be downloaded securely from the following yousendit.com link:

    http://rcpt.yousendit.com/674374016/2c8d2c044adbfe73d4293fc995eca0cb

    We’d be delighted to receive your comments.

    Yours truly

    The Iron Cross Team

    [email protected]

  25. jgroub
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    . . . outcome of this movie. In State Farm v. Campbell (2003), the Supreme Court held that punitive damages greater than 9 times the amount of actual damages were unconstitutional. In this case, after the jury gave its verdict, Leo Drummond could have moved to have the amount of the punitive damages award decreased, and even Judge Tyrone Kipler would have had no choice but to reduce the punitive damages verdict down to $1,350,000, which would have been a good day’s work for Leo. Would have worked out nice, too, because maybe Great Benefit would not have gone out of business and paid it.

    Fortunately, this case arose before State Farm, so the limits did not apply.

    I asked the doctor to take your picture so I can look at you from inside as well.

  26. Joshua24fan
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    In the book, Ms. Birdie actually went to live with her sons in Florida and although in the book she wanted to come back and finally she was set to come back, Rudy had already packed his belongings and left.

    In the book, Rudy is actually hired as a paralegal for a law firm using him just to get the Black case.

    Rudy is questioned by police about burning that law firms building down and since he is flat broke and needs a lawyer, Prince takes him to see Bruiser and that is how he starts working there.

    The jury trick was actually used on all jurors they did not like. Deck talked to Rudy about talking to jurors they did not want. Obviously though, the one they really didn’t want was the only one they pretended to contact (Randy Travis).

    The Riker family calls with death threats to Rudy and police station after they find out Cliff was killed (they were described as drunkards and white trash).

    A law professor in Memphis was the one that helped Rudy develop the case against Great Benefits. A lot of his lines in the books are spoken by Deck in the movie ("street surance", etc)

    The trial was actually easy for Rudy in the book. He nailed everyone and Drummond never had a chance.

    They had to hide Kelly in an underground shelter for abused women after filing the divorce, instead of staying with Ms Birdie.

    Drummond is not at the deposition at Great Benefits in Cleveland.

    Bruiser is never heard from again after he skips town. Although later on, Deck says he had 4 million in cash hidden and would give Deck 10% of the cash if he got it safely to Miami (there was no call about stolen evidence)

    Bruiser was described as a fat 300 pound guy (surely you wouldn’t have pictured Mickey Rourke, although he was great)

    Buddy Black never received a picture frame of Donny Ray and never showed it in court crying "why"

    Donnie Ray had a twin brother who was an exact match for a bone marrow transplant

    Drummand actually apposed having Rudy argue the motions in the courtroom (before he got his license). In the movie, he wanted Rudy too argue the motions, so he stood as the witness.

    Deck never got up and started questioning CEO Keely because Rudy was late.

    All in all though I thought it was a great book and I think the movie was really good as well.

  27. perennial08
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    Drastically underrated.

  28. EHnews
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    February 10, is the 1-year anniversary of Roy Scheider’s death and while Hollywood is still mourning the loss of a great actor,- we’re pleased to announce that there will be a big event held in his honor on April 4th in Los Angeles with all of his celebrity friends, "A Celebration of Roy Scheider." In addition, he also has a film coming out posthumously that will be completed this summer called "Iron Cross" – they’re going to preview the trailer of his film at the event. The event will then be followed by a series of screenings throughout the month of April of Roy’s most famous films.

    From http://www.entertainmenthollywood.net/

    Should the Rainmaker be included?

  29. Anonymous
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  30. Anonymous
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  32. blooker68
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    A director who knows his business.

  33. Bilbo_Baggins_
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    Does anyone know why Danny Glover was not credited in this film even though he had a fairly major role?

    Alan

    "Polly!"

    "It’s OK, you don’t have to say anything"

    "Lens Cap!"

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