• John Grisham's The Rainmaker (1997)

John Grisham's The Rainmaker

Release Date: 1997

DVD Release Date: November 17th, 1998

PG-13 |2 hr 15 min

Plot Summary

Struggling new attorney Rudy Baylor (Matt Damon) resorts to working for a shady lawyer (Mickey Rourke), where he meets paralegal Deck Shifflet (Danny DeVito). When the insurance company of Dot Black (Mary Kay Place) refuses her dying son coverage, Baylor and Shifflet team up to fight the corrupt corporation, taking on its callous lawyer (Jon Voight). Meanwhile, Baylor becomes involved with Kelly Riker (Claire Danes), an abused wife, whose husband complicates matters when he confronts Baylor.

Cast: Matt Damon, Claire Danes, Jon Voight, Mary Kay Place, Mickey Rourke, Danny DeVito, Dean Stockwell, Teresa Wright

Director: Francis Ford Coppola

Genres: Drama

Production Co: American Zoetrope

Keywords: 1990s, Underdog, Love, Quest, Rise, Hospital, Son, Mother, Tense, Judge, Office, Gripping, Emotional

Ratings & Reviews

  • 75
    David SterrittChristian Science Monitor

    Francis Ford Coppola has directed the legal drama with his usual keen attention to atmosphere and texture, although his adaptation of John Grisham's bestselling novel leaves out connective material that would have made the tale smoother and savvier. show more

  • 75
    Ruthe SteinSan Francisco Chronicle

    The Rainmaker has a mostly plausible story, an engaging young courtroom hero (Matt Damon, Hollywood's new cover boy), a giant insurance company as the perfect adversary and the best supporting cast of any movie this year. show more

  • 75
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    The Rainmaker, unlike most Grisham films, doesn't have to drag a high-paid superstar around and give him all the best lines. DeVito's role is in the fading tradition of the star character actor. show more

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com

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