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The Rainmaker

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The latest in the succession of John Grisham novels brought to the screen. This time, a young lawyer battles a big evil insurance company on behalf of a poor family, whose son is dying of leukemia. On the sideline, he befriends a young battered wife. Naturally the underdogs triumph over the evil oppressors.


135 minutes, Parental Guidance under 10
Drama

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Credits
Cast
Matt Damon, Claire Danes, Jon Voight, Mary Kay Place, Dean Stockwell, Teresa Wright, Virginia Madsen
Director
Francis Ford Coppola
ScreenplayFrancis Ford Coppola from the novel by John Grisham, Michael Herr
MusicElmer Bernstein
Sound formatsDolby Digital, DTS
SoundtrackHollywood Records
Made in1997
Produced byConstellation Films, Douglas/Reuther Productions, American Zoetrope

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Ratings
Scale (Max)20
South African Media
Cape ArgusDerek Wilson15
Cape TimesKaren Rutter10
The StarJanine Walker16
Die BurgerGabriël Botma5
Sunday TimesWilliam Pretorius15
TV3 ScreenplayBarry Ronge16
TV2 Leon at the MoviesLeon van Nierop12
International Media
eye Weekly (Canada)Gemma Files10
Box Office (USA)Melissa Morrison13
Empire (UK)Ian Nathan10
Film Review (UK)James Cameron-Wilson20
IMDB486 Netizens14
Average .. 65%13
Visitor Ratings
Floyd Mbongeni18
Bruce Humphrey 17
Les Yates 10
Average .. 75%15

Visitor Comments
Floyd Mbongeni: It's quite cool.I wouldn't mind watching it for the third time.

Bruce Humphrey: A very well crafted movie with very good acting. Mainly court-room drama concerning wife-bashing and the dirty tricks of a life insurance company. I loved the line from our newly-qualified lawyer (Matt Damon): ''I was sworn in by a fool and vouched for by a scroundrel!'' Jon Voight is also very good as the highly-paid lawyer of dubious ethics (the scoundrel). If you don't mind movies where half the time is spent in the court-room then go and enjoy it as I did!

Les Yates: A movie which should have focused on the insurance industry in the style of Arthur Haley (I don't know if he has!) without weak cases attached to the main theme (the wife beating case, obviously serious, but seemed to be there as a filler). The movie lacked substance.


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