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The Rainmaker

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Jan 25, 2000
The latest in a line of Lawyer related movies from the famous author, John Grisham, is a story about a young lawyer who is representing a young man's family in a suit against a large insurance company.

Matt Damon plays the young lawyer, Rudy Baylor. Danny DeVito plays his mentor, Deck Shiffler. Together they take on an insurance company whose representative is played by Jon Voight. This insurance company has denied the claim for a family whose boy has leukemia.

Woven into the story line is Claire Danes, who plays Kelly Riker, a young wife who is beaten by her husband. Rudy Baylor runs into her one day in the hospital cafeteria. (She's in the hospital after being beaten, and Rudy is there studying for the Bar exam)

There was a point during the movie where I thought that, that was it. They wouldn't take the story any further. And if they had stopped there, the movie would have been ok, but I would have been disappointed. Well, the movie didn't stop there, they kept going, and even though they didn't need to go any further, they found enough good material to keep the story lines alive, and the audience interested.

Danny Glover plays the judge that Rudy and Deck are faced with. He does a good job with the role. Not going too far with it, which could have easily happened.

Red West turns in a moving appearance as Buddy Black, the father of the boy who has leukemia.

Overall, this was another good movie from John Grisham. Francis Ford Coppola directs, and you can tell. I loved the ending.

Copyright 1997 - Ron Higgins No unauthorized publication or distribution without the consent of Ron Higgins.
Jan 25, 2000
Rating: Not that Great at full price, but would be okay as a rental. Truly Starring: Matt Damon and Danny DeVito

First of all....I fell asleep...I mean I thought it was okay. Very simply put, this film needed a lot of work. It needed a faster paced story-line, it needed realistic characters, it needed a much better director. This film was just a slow film. It is a story about a lawyer who is a bit of an `ambulance-chaser' and latches onto a possible gold-mine lawsuit. However, somewhere along the line he develops some morals or beliefs that lawyers sometimes get and was actually fighting for his client's best interest. I will admit that Matt Damon was pretty cool as an `ambulance-chasing' lawyer, but little Danny DeVito definitely should not have been his partner in the firm or on the screen. Now understand, I have nothing against short people, but Danny DeVito just didn't `measure up'. I am sure the book was much better than the movie, but the quality of this film seemed to be the equivalent of making a movie out of the `cliff-note' version of Grishom's novel. There was no depth and it was just boring. Bottom line....the one thing that kept running through my mind as I watched this movie was imagining that I was watching an old-time Rainmaker dance around hoping for rain. Now from what I understand of folklore or history, is that it could take the Rainmaker days, weeks, or months before something would happen...well, that is what I felt like I was doing...waiting for a long time for something to happen in this film...and nothing ever did.

May 8, 2003
"The Rainmaker" is a wonderful drama about a lawyer played by Matt Damon who enter into a private pratice with Danny DeVito. Damon's client is a dying man who accused a crocked insurace agency of not giving money to help him battle his cancer. Damon in another case is helping a young woman stand up to her abusive boyfriend. The film also featured Mickey Roarke in his best role as a lawyer on the run.

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