These are my favorite films of all time. Some of the rankings may be estimated, ratings are subject to frequent…
They were totally unqualified to try the case of a lifetime... but every underdog has his day.
When Rudy Baylor (Matt Damon), a young attorney with no clients, goes to work for a seedy ambulance chaser, he wants to help the parents of a terminally ill boy in their suit against an insurance company (represented by a ruthless Jon Voight). But to take on corporate America, Rudy and a scrappy paralegal (Danny DeVito) must open their own law firm.
While I feel The Rainmaker is a solid legal drama, it suffers from the same issues many other films of this type seem to be plagued with. Courtroom/legal dramas always seem to play out the same way. A hotshot young attorney takes on a seemingly impossible case, a startling discovery or piece of evidence is introduced, there's a love interest between attorney and client, and no matter what justice is served. That sameness makes this type of film at the very least predictable, and no matter how good the direction or performances are, it takes it down a notch.
In the The Rainmaker, based on the John Grisham novel, Matt Damon plays Rudy Baylor. He's an idealistic young attorney with…
Sure, the direction is restrained, but this is hardly hackwork. Like a lot of Coppola’s later films, this privileges a certain wistful, romantic perspective—a young novelist’s worldview, essentially. It isn’t exactly idealistic, but tends to view everything in terms of ideals; good people adhere to them or represent them, bad people don’t.
The rainmaker is the best courtroom drama since 12 angry men featuring a brilliant cast including matt Damon, Danny devito, Jon voight, canny glover and directed by Francis ford Coppola also known for his amazing work on films like the godfather and apocalypse now.
"Most people give up. And this, of course, is intended."
Some pretty classic smuggling from Coppola, even beyond the obvious health insurance stuff or even that, duh, lawyers are dirty and the system is rigged. Here capital and by extension government subtly and deliberately disenfranchise people so it can turn them into fuel for their own engines, and the only recourse is often the same arcane extralegal loopholes they use against us.
"Danny DeVito is 5' high, and he is a bad-ass"
The Rainmaker may not be a typical Coppola classic. It may not be a jolting courtroom drama, but it sure has a heart. With some remarkable performances from Damon, Devito and Voight and a quirky, uncredited one from Glover, the movie is no short of talent. The story, being a testament of humanity rather than a thriller, may have increased it's validity. I'm not particularly a Grisham fan, but Rainmaker was a decent attempt to capture some raw truths about the society, and the resistance that is inevitable, and it's safe to say that the movie has done justice to him........
This has been my first foray into post-Apocalypse Coppola, a period of his career infamous for disappointment, compromise and questionable choices.
I found it disappointing, compromised and questionable.
The film is about New York-accented Matt Damon, a young lawyer who we see working for a corrupt lawyer before starting his own firm with the Lorax, who speaks not for the trees, but for underprivileged poor people. Fuck trees.
Matt Damon takes on three cases throughout the film. One of which is interesting, one of which is a cliche exercise in wasting potential and another which is forgotten about after two scenes.
There's a good movie in here. You could edit this film into something good, which is the real shame…
I generally like courtroom dramas, but this was a little lacklustre, sadly. Not a bad film, but not one I'd rewatch either.
This is the same Francis Ford Coppola, right?
Oh, man. This is amazing. It's such an underrated film. The performances are spot-on (I really wanted to assault Jon Voight with a broken bottle!) and the atmosphere of the movie is nice, too. Overall, it's just amazing.
Nota = 5
scary, but not so far off the truth.
John Grisham + Francis Ford Coppola = good plot + good direction
Mission to Grisham... done.
The average person isn't going to know how unrealistic the ending is, and not being a lawyer I then have to wonder how unrealistic the rest of the story is, aside from the idea that Damon had a slam dunk case. In reality a $50M judgment is not going to bankrupt a billion dollar company; nor will such a company have been looted under the constant monitoring of Tennessee's department of insurance. However, to play devil's advocate, the DOI would likely have a guaranty fund established with sufficient assets in it to prop up the company for settlement of its final claims, including this judgment--the paid sum would likely be only a fraction but there would be payment--otherwise the sequel…
I'm pretty sure I forgot a dozen titles and don't ask why some films count and others don't (also the…