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The Rainmaker 1997 ***

Francis Ford Coppola’s contribution to the bandwagon of John Grisham legal adaptations is probably the best of the bunch. Matt Damon shoulders the weight of the film as Rudy Baylor, a young lawyer teamed with a cynical paralegal (Danny De Vito) as he attempt to win a lawsuit against a powerful insurance company, with the money for a young boy’s bone-narrow transplant at stake. Coppola gets strong support from Mickey Rourke, Roy Scheider and Jon Voight, and even with the romance with Clare Danes is a little rusty, The Rainmaker is considerably smarter entertainment that the usual legalese potboiler.

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