The Rainmaker

The Rainmaker

  • Director: Francis Ford Coppola
  • Writer: John Grisham,Francis Ford Coppola,Michael Herr
  • Countries of origin: United States, Germany
  • Language: English
  • Release date: November 21, 1997
  • Sound mix: Dolby Digital
  • Aspect ratio: 2.39 : 1
  • Also known as: John Grisham's The Rainmaker
  • "The Rainmaker" is a feature film directed by Francis Ford Coppola and starring Matt Damon and Danny DeVito . It was released in the United States on November 21, 1997.
    The film is adapted from the novel of the same name by American writer John Grisham. It tells the story of Rudy Baylor's vicious competition in the industry after graduating from law school. However, he insisted on his beliefs and helped several parties with his partner Rudy. The story of winning the lawsuit   .


    • Release date November 21, 1997
    • Filming locations Memphis, Tennessee, USA
    • Production companies Constellation Entertainment, Douglas/Reuther Productions, American Zoetrope

    Box office


    $40,000,000 (estimated)

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    • By Jettie 2022-08-09 13:49:04

      The Rainmaker--Where to find the Source of "Rainy Edge"

      Some people follow him, thinking he's a savior; others want to throw stones at him and drive him out of town. He has to face an insoluble conflict with the real world: hot wind, cloudless sky, dry land. If this person can really try to resolve all inner and personal conflicts, fight against social and environmental forces, and finally induce rain from a cloudless sky, this rainstorm is very significant... The film is...

    • By Kelsie 2022-03-25 09:01:10

      A little thought about the law derived from movies

      As a law student, after watching this film, while I feel that justice finally defeats evil, I also reflect on how to treat the law as a possible legal person in the future! We always know that the law is the embodiment of justice. Except for the downright evil law, no one will overly doubt the authority of the law, and no one dares to trample the dignity of the law easily. However, as ordinary people in the market, when they encounter bad users of the law and corrupt officials and profiteers,...

    • By Brett 2022-03-25 09:01:10


      The fledgling Rudy Baylor (Matt Damon) is a newcomer to the legal profession. The first case that Rudy took on was a lawsuit involving Medicare claims. Helpless mother, dying son, insurance company refusing to pay medical bills, defense lawyer unscrupulous, everything is very different from what was originally envisioned. In the face of the dark side of the struggling industry and the disadvantaged groups in distress, Rudy never gave up his righteous heart. Another main line of the film is a...

    • By Trent 2022-03-25 09:01:10

      The Lawyer's World and Worldview

      The Rainmaker tells a story about the world and worldview of lawyers.

      Rudy Baylor, a young lawyer who just came out of an ivory tower, still has his original intentions in mind when facing all cases. So he refuses to rush into a ward in the hospital to file a case; so he doesn't think about helping the grandmother write a will, so he will try to get his name on it; so facing big insurance companies, even if he is afraid, he must Speak up for justice; so even if there is a purposeful...

    • By Tina 2022-03-24 09:02:17

      The protagonist is simply a peerless and rare best man! ! !

      I've seen this movie twice, and there was a gap of two years between the two. I am always keen to do this kind of thing: to silently remember a thing, and then touch a certain neuron of mine again after a long, long time due to some chance and coincidence, and bring up that thing in the dusty memory corner, At this time, I picked it up and dusted it off. The past was like smoke, and the freshness when I first came into contact with it was almost gone. In the eyes of you with increasing...

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    • By Colton 2022-04-24 07:01:14

      The price of victory is the loss of a young life, a considerable amount of compensation for poor families, and the credibility of the social insurance industry. Although heavy, it still gives a spark of hope. As Rudy said: "There is When we have to cross a certain line, but if we cross the line, the line will disappear." We can't prevent the existence of the gray area, but we can try to make it infinitely closer to the...

    • By Virginia 2022-04-24 07:01:14

      The court-level expression is sufficient, calm and restrained, critical, sympathetic and not promiscuous. The disadvantage is that the heroine's part is a bit deliberate, and it is too far-fetched to be released easily after the top...

    • By Randi 2022-04-24 07:01:14

      It has always been misunderstood that it is similar to the rain man. ....

    • By Gaston 2022-04-24 07:01:14

      In the courtroom drama, the two sides will use all means to fight against each other. It is very watchable, and the ending is very touching. The novice lawyer played by the male protagonist is told alternately between the two stories of claiming a lawsuit and helping women with domestic violence. The original intention of being a lawyer is to achieve justice, but he does not want to compromise for...

    • By Janiya 2022-04-23 07:02:40

      The weak people are always weak, and the primitive society will be the ultimate...

    Movie plot

    Rudy Baylor is a law graduate in Memphis. After graduating from law school, he is still a poor boy, and he wants to make achievements in this long-awaited field. However, what he encountered was the vicious competition in the industry. As a result, he could only rely on his three-inch tongue to roam outside and stay in his car at night. Under the introduction of a friend, he came to work at Stone Law Firm.
    Rudy’s partner, Dirk, is a...
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    "The Rainmaker" maintains the usual human care and social reflection in Coppola's movies. The director refused to regard the film as a tribute to the American dream, but in the film conducted a deep analysis of the hypocrisy and violence in American society. The film did not advance in chronological order during the narrative process, but used flashbacks in a large number of court scenes to intersperse a series of evidence gathering...
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    Movie quotes

    • Deck Shiffler: In law school, they don't teach you what ya need to know. It's all theories and lofty notions and big fat text books.

      Rudy Baylor: What's wrong with that?

      Deck Shiffler: Nothing, I guess.

    • Judge Kipler: Mr. Drummond... you objected to the fast-tracking of this case. What's the problem?

      Leo F. Drummond: Well, your honor... this issue's already been ruled upon by Judge Hale. The preparations required by fast-tracking the case place undue burden upon both parties, I believe.

      Judge Kipler: [scribbling on a notepad and not looking up] Nonsense.

      [stands up]

      Judge Kipler: Let me ask you something, Mr. Drummond. As a defense lawyer, have your EVER agreed to the fast-tracking of a lawsuit?

      Leo F. Drummond: Well your honor, I believe I have.

      Judge Kipler: [begins to laugh as he sits back down] Fine. Give me the name of the case and the court it was in.

      Leo F. Drummond: [laughs nervously] Well, your honor... I have to get back to you on that.

      Judge Kipler: Well, call me this afternoon by three.

      Leo F. Drummond: I don't believe I'm going to be in before three.

      Judge Kipler: Well, call me when you get in. I'm very interested in hearing about this case you agreed to fast-track.

      Leo F. Drummond: Yes sir.

      Judge Kipler: This boy's about to die, gentlemen. You do agree that we need to record his testimony?

      Leo F. Drummond: Yes indeed... of course, your honor. It's just that my trial calendar is pushin' me around pretty good.

      Judge Kipler: How about next Thursday afternoon?

      Rudy Baylor: Great for me, your honor.

      Leo F. Drummond: I'm sorry, your honor.

      Judge Kipler: That's a week from today.

      Leo F. Drummond: I believe I'm out of town.


      Leo F. Drummond: Yes, I am out of town Thursday.

      Judge Kipler: The deposition is set for next Thursday afternoon at 2pm.


      Judge Kipler: Sorry if it inconveniences the defense, but God knows there's enough of you guys to handle it.

      [Rudy smiles]

    • Kelly Riker: [Cliff has just trashed the house and buried Rudy under a refrigerator... Kelly rushes to Cliff] RUDY... RUDY! Cliff, you idiot! What are you doing!

      Cliff Riker: [grabbing Kelly around the throat] You see what you did! Kelly, you see what you did? It's not my fault! I love you... I love you!

      [Rudy gets back up and yanks Cliff by the air and off Kelly and they resume fighting... Cliff pulls out a gun, Rudy grabs a baseball bat and hits Cliff with it]

      Kelly Riker: RUDY!

      [he hits Cliff some more with the bat]

      Kelly Riker: Stop it, Rudy! Stop.

      [Cliff groans]

      Kelly Riker: Give me the bat... and leave.

      Rudy Baylor: [dumbfounded] What?

      Kelly Riker: Give me the bat... and leave. You were not here tonight. Give me the bat.

      [Rudy complies and Kelly finishes Cliff off after Rudy walks out]