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John Grishams The Rainmaker a novel and now a movie by Francis Ford Copolla It is the sixth novel to film adaptation of Grishams novels and is by far one of the more accomplished The courtroom drama reveals the ordeals of a young lawyer and associate entering the world of money hungry companys scams They were totally unqualified to try the case of a life time but every underdog has his day Lets talk about silk purses and sows ears Lets talk about John Grishams The Rainmaker Or as the movie company would have it John Grishams The Rainmaker Thats the official title of the film Francis Ford Coppola has made from Mr Grishams best-selling novel Thankfully John Grishams The Rainmaker is a better movie than Mr Grishams tension-challenged novel Mr Coppola may be doing this for the payday in order to finance his next original film but he manages to elevate Mr Grishams overblown story into a passably entertaining courtroom drama which unlike the book actually has some drama The story remains about the same A neophyte lawyer Rudy Baylor Matt Damon winds up working at a low-rent law firm when he can find no other job after finishing law school in Memphis Tenn The only thing he has going for him is an insurance case a young man dying of leukemia who has been wrongfully denied a bone-marrow transplant by his insurance company But getting that case to court will be like running the high-hurdles with his feet cut off For starters Rudy has no trial experience -- and the insurance company has the high-powered Leo Drummond Jon Voight and three or four of his assistants for the defense Even as he is preparing for the trial Rudy is getting involved in another kind of case While hunting for clients at a local hospital he spots a young woman Claire Danes who has been beaten by her husband He befriends her by films
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