Rainmaker-Grisham/Special Edition

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Francis Ford Coppola directs and scripts an exciting, star-packed adaptation of John Grisham's novel about an idealistic young attorney who takes on the case of a lifetime. Matt Damon (Good Will Hunting) plays Rudy Baylor, a rookie lawyer in over his head on a high-profile case. Opposing him: an army of seasoned legal sharks (led by Jon Voight). On Rudy's side: Deck Shifflet (Danny DeVito), a feisty "paralawyer" who specializes in flunking the bar exam. Rudy's chances are slim to none - until he uncovers a trail of corruption that might lead to the one thing that could win his case: the truth.


Studio Paramount
SKU 204390091
UPC 097361223940
UPC 14 00097361223940
Format DVD
Release Date 5/31/2011
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Editors Note
Note John Grisham's novel comes to life in Francis Ford Coppola's courtroom drama pitting the little guy against a large corporation. Rudy Baylor (Matt Damon), an inexperienced Memphis lawyer, and his legal sidekick, Deck Schifflet (Danny DeVito), defend a leukemia victim against an insurance company and its hotshot lawyer Leo Drummond (Jon Voight). Along the way Rudy befriends an abused woman (Claire Danes), helping her escape her husband (Andrew Shue). The courtroom scenes between Damon and Voight are the highlight of this legal yarn as Rudy learns the tough price of being a good lawyer.
Plot Summary
Summary John Grisham's THE RAINMAKER is adapted to film in this suspenseful retelling by Francis Ford Coppola. In Memphis, struggling young attorney Rudy Baylor (Matt Damon) joins a shady law firm headed by Bruiser Stone (Mickey Rourke). After the firm comes under investigation, Rudy and fellow employee Deck Schifflet (Danny DeVito) start their own practice. While trying to dig up clients, Rudy meets a young spousal abuse victim, Kelly Riker (Claire Danes), and convinces her to leave her husband (Andrew Shue). But Rudy's biggest case is defending a young man (Johnny Whitworth) dying of leukemia and his mother (Mary Kay Place) against the insurance company who wrongfully denied their claim. Rudy and Deck find that their opposing lawyers, led by Leo Drummond (Jon Voight), have bugged their offices. Despite his inexperience, Rudy cleverly manages to get an undesirable juror (musician Randy Travis in a cameo role) removed from the jury. During testimony Rudy uncovers proof that the insurance company has a practice of denying all claims. As his relationship with Kelly takes a dangerous turn and the trial uncovers more insurance fraud, it seems Rudy must decide between being a good man or being a good lawyer.
Sight and Sound "...The film's visual solemnity is undercut by a healthy streak of cynicism, and at times -- a rare thing for Coppola -- it's even funny?" 04/01/1998 p.50-1
USA Today "...[Voight] steals the show...with one of the most enjoyable performances of his career..." 05/29/1998 p.10E
New York Times "...A parade of colorful performances from a constantly surprising cast....Mr. Coppola's best and sharpest film in years..." 11/21/1997 p.E18
Chicago Sun-Times "...[Coppola] has made the most of Grisham's ground-level realism....DeVito's role is in the fading tradition of the star character actor..." 11/21/1997 p.40
Ultimate DVD 4 stars out of 5 -- "Razor sharp, with some great performances, this is as entertaining as it is intelligent." 08/01/2007 p.115
Francis Ford Coppola
Matt Damon
Danny DeVito
Cast & Crew
Barry Malkin - Editor
Bob Shaw - Art Director
Claire Danes - Actor
Danny DeVito - Actor
Danny Glover - Actor
Dean Stockwell - Actor
Elmer Bernstein - Original Music By
Francis Ford Coppola - Director
Francis Ford Coppola - Screenplay
John Grisham - Based On Novel By
John Toll - Cinematographer
Jon Voight - Actor
Matt Damon - Actor
Melissa Kent - Editor
Michael Douglas, et. al. - Producer
Michael Herr - Screenplay
Mickey Rourke - Actor
Virginia Madsen - Actor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1997
Catalog ID 122394
UPC 00097361223940
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 135 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, Portuguese, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English, French Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.35:1
Nominee (1998) Golden Globe, Jon Voight, Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture,Image Award, Danny Glover, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review After three or four of Grisham's novels, I grew tired of the predictable repetitiveness and contrived suspense of the narratives. As a result, the intelligence and subtlety of The Rainmaker took me by surprise. I don't know if this is because the novel is better than any of the prolific lawyer-turned-author's previous efforts, or if Francis Ford Coppola has performed a near-miracle in transforming the written pages into a screenplay. Whatever the case, The Rainmaker stands above any other filmed Grisham adaptation, including A Time to Kill, the former holder of that title...this is a well-made, absorbing motion picture that seems a lot shorter than its 140-minute running length. Unlike many of the other films based on a Grisham book, this one is interested in telling a story rather than ambushing the audience with cheap contrivances.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review Francis Ford Coppola, who wrote and directed the film, has made the most of Grisham's ground-level realism. This is not a film that loves the legal profession, and yet it loves some of those who labor in it--not only Baylor, played by Matt Damon with the earnestness of an Eagle Scout, but also Deck Shifflet (Danny DeVito) as the kind of courthouse handyman who has never passed the bar exam, perhaps because a license would slow him down. Their give-and-take is the soul of the film; they form a desperate democracy made possible because ``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...By keeping all of the little people in focus, Coppola shows the variety of a young lawyer's life, where every client is necessary and most of them need a lot more than a lawyer.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 8
DVD, No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Actor Damon,Matt
Label Paramount Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Barbara Shulgasser, San Francisco Examiner ...Hollywood at the top of its form. It's a ripping yarn woven by a master.
Janet Maslin, The New York Times Mr. Coppola's best and sharpest film.
Melissa Morrison, Box Office Magazine ...a big, buttery popcorn bucket of a movie...
Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune Four stars! Beautifully acted...a remarkable cast.
Mike Clark, USA Today The most enjoyable of Grisham's movies.

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