John Grisham's The Rainmaker

John Grisham's The Rainmaker

Francis Ford Coppola (1997)

15 Certificate


Our Score
Francis Ford Coppola's riveting courtroom drama is an exceptionally well-crafted adaptation of John Grisham's novel. Matt Damon is excellent as the inexperienced Memphis lawyer thrown into the lion's den when he takes on the case of a young man dying of leukaemia, whose insurance company refuses to honour his claim. There's also a marvellous supporting cast, including Jon Voight as the slimiest lawyer imaginable and Claire Danes as a battered wife sheltered by Damon. Grisham's scenarios often feel contrived and mechanical, but not this time. Forgoing the genre's usual serpentine plotting in favour of emotional depth and well-rounded characters, this is courtroom cinema at its very best.


An idealistic newly qualified lawyer teams up with a disreputable researcher to champion the cause of a leukaemia sufferer whose mother is suing an insurance company for refusing to pay his medical costs. As the case progresses, the young legal eagle finds he has much to learn about the dark side of the judicial process. Francis Ford Coppola's courtroom drama adapted from the novel by John Grisham, starring Matt Damon, Danny DeVito, Jon Voight, Claire Danes and Mickey Rourke.

Cast & Crew

Rudy Baylor Matt Damon
Kelly Riker Claire Danes
Leo F Drummond Jon Voight
Dot Black Mary Kay Place
Bruiser Stone Mickey Rourke
Deck Shifflet Danny DeVito
Judge Harvey Hale Dean Stockwell
Miss Birdie Teresa Wright
Jackie Lemanczyk Virginia Madsen
Cliff Riker Andrew Shue
Buddy Black Red West
Wilfred Keeley Roy Scheider
Billy Porter Randy Travis
Judge Tyrone Kippler Danny Glover
Donny Ray Black Johnny Whitworth
Delbert Birdsong Sonny Shroyer
Director Francis Ford Coppola
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: U.I.P. (UK)Guidance: Violence and some swearing. Available on: video and DVD