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John Grishams The Rainmaker is the sixth novel to film adaptation and is by far one of the more accomplished Directed by Francis Ford Copolla this intriguing courtroom drama reveals the ordeals of a young lawyer and associate entering the realm of unscrupulous money hungry companys scams They were totally unqualified to try the case of a life time but every underdog has his day To become a Rainmaker is Rudy Baylors Matt Damon ambition to try the case of a lifetime and make the big bucks fall from the sky Passing his bar exam with ease this idealistic Memphis law school graduate confidentially enters the eye-opening world of law and injustice in the 90s Kick-starting his career in an firm of ambulance chasing attorneys headed by the shifty Bruiser Stone Baylors business is initially sparse until Deck Schifflet Danny De Vito an unlicensed street-wise legal assistant attempting the bar for the sixth time steps in and demonstrates to the inexperienced Baylor how it is done Mrs Birdie Teresa Wright Baylors landlady becomes his first case a chirpy elderly lady wishing to leave her fortunes to a TV evangelist much to the disdain of her family whom Birdie wants to cutcutcut from her will His second case is Kelly Riker Clare Danes a young woman repeatedly assaulted by her husband Cliff Andrew Schue Riker catches Baylors eye in the hospital cafeteria covered in bruises attracting Baylors special interest to the case as well as the safety of the defendant The central case of the film is that of a mothers battle against an insurance company who refuse to pay insurance for her only son Donny Ray Johnny Whitworth who is dying of Leukemia Dot Black Mary Kay Place puts forward a strong case with the assistance of Baylor unveiling the injustice Insurance Company Great Benefits exhibits in shunning a lower class family out of much needed money insuring a young mans health and well-being A
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