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.

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Studio Paramount
SKU 204390091
UPC 097361223940
UPC 14 00097361223940
Format DVD
Release Date 5/31/2011
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.35:1
Actors
Name Damon,Matt
Link Search Link
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
Awards
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
Reviews
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.
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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.
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Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 8
Features
DVD, No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Actor Damon,Matt
Label Paramount Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Quotes
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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