adapted as "The Rainmaker"
Published: April 1995
Synopsis: In this courtroom thriller, a young man barely out of law school finds himself taking on one of the most powerful, corrupt, and ruthless companies in America—and exposing a complex, multibillion-dollar insurance scam ...
In his final semester of law school Rudy Baylor is required to provide free legal advice to a group of senior citizens, and it is there that he meets his first "clients," Dot and Buddy Black. Their son, Donny Ray, is dying of leukemia, and their insurance company has flatly refused to pay for his medical treatments. Rudy soon realizes that the Blacks have been shockingly mistreated by the huge company, and that he just may have stumbled upon one of the largest insurance frauds anyone's ever seen—and one of the most lucrative and important cases in the history of civil litigation.
The problem is, Rudy's flat broke, has no job, hasn't even passed the bar, and is about to go head-to-head with one of the best defense attorneys—and powerful industries—in America.
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Francis Ford Coppola, Director
Theatrical release date: 11/21/1997
DVD release date: 11/17/1998
Cast: Rudy Baylor (Matt Damon), Deck Shifflet (Danny DeVito), Kelly Riker (Claire Danes), Leo F. Drummond (Jon Voight), Dot Black (Mary Kay Place), Judge Harvey Hale (Dean Stockwell), Miss Birdie (Teresa Wright), Jackie Lemancyzk (Virginia Madsen), Bruiser Stone (Mickey Rourke),
Running time: 135 minutes
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