John Grisham's The Rainmaker

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Paramount Released 1997

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Director:
Francis Ford Coppola
Released:
1997
Rating:
PG-13

Rudy Baylor is a recent graduate from Memphis State Law School. Rudy manages to land a position with attorney Bruiser Stone, a successful ambulance chaser. Rudy lands his first case, representing the Black family in a bad faith insurance case. Great Benefit Life Insurance has refused to pay for a life-saving bone marrow transplant for Donny Ray Black and Donny's mother, Dot, hires Rudy to fight their case. Great Benefit's lead attorney, Leo Drummond, intimidates the young lawyer from the start, and Rudy knows he's over his head with this case. Having left Bruiser Stone's law firm, Rudy must rely on help from Deck Shifflet, a paralegal who's failed the bar exam six times. Complicating Rudy's life further is his growing attraction to Kelly Riker, a battered woman married to a viciously abusive husband. Can this inexperienced young lawyer ever stand a chance against the corporate machine that is Great Benefit Life Insurance?

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  • 90

    The New York Times Elvis Mitchell

    Drawing a parade of colorful performances from a constantly surprising cast, the curiously titled ''John Grisham's 'The Rainmaker' '' is Mr. Coppola's best and sharpest film in years.

  • 90

    Los Angeles Times

    Though he's adapting the same story Grisham always tells, that of an ethical, talented and inexperienced attorney taking on and outwitting powerful and corrupt legal opponents, Cop...

  • 90

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    As carefully constructed, handsomely crafted and flavorsomely acted as a top-of-the-line production from Hollywood's classical studio era, Francis Ford Coppola's screen version of ...

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Drama

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fish out of water, moral dilemmas, Superheroes, southeners, Crime