They Were Totally Unqualified to Try the Case of a Lifetime...But Every Underdog Has His Day.
|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.|
"Mr. Coppola's best and sharpest film. Janet Maslin, The New York Times
"...a big, buttery popcorn bucket of a movie... Melissa Morrison, Box Office Magazine
"Four stars! Beautifully acted...a remarkable cast. Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"The most enjoyable of Grisham's movies. Mike Clark, USA Today
Editor's NoteJohn 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.
Cast & Crew
|Barry Malkin - Editor|
|Bob Shaw - Art Director|
|Elmer Bernstein - Original Music By|
|Francis Ford Coppola - Director|
|Francis Ford Coppola - Screenplay|
|John Grisham - Based On Novel By|
|John Toll - Cinematographer|
|Melissa Kent - Editor|
|Michael Douglas, et. al. - Producer|
|Michael Herr - Screenplay|
Plot SummaryJohn 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.
|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|