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    Unique ID Code: 0000017135
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    Added on: 25/4/2001 20:53
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    Rainmaker, The (UK)

    6 / 10
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    They were totally unqualified to try the case of a lifetime... but every underdog has his day
    Certificate: 15
    Running Time: 130 mins
    Retail Price: £19.99
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    Francis Ford Coppola directs and scripts an exciting, star-packed adaptation of John Grisham`s novel about an idealistic young attorney who takes on the case of a lifetime.

    Matt Damon (`Good Will Hunting`) plays Rudy Baylor, a rookie lawyer in over his head on a high-profile case. Opposing him, an army of seasoned legal sharks (led by Jon Voight). On Rudy`s side, Deck Shifflet (Danny DeVito), a feisty `paralawyer` who specialises in flunking the bar exam. Rudy`s chances are slim to none, until he uncovers a trail of corruption that might lead to the one thing that could win his case: the truth.

    Special Features:
    Interactive Menus
    Scene Access

    Video Tracks:
    Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1

    Audio Tracks:
    Dolby Digital 5.1 English
    Dolby Digital 5.1 French
    Dolby Digital 5.1 Spanish

    Subtitle Tracks:
    CC: English

    Directed By:
    Francis Ford Coppola

    Written By:

    Dean Stockwell
    Mary Kay Place
    Claire Danes
    Virginia Madsen
    Jon Voight
    Danny DeVito
    Matt Damon

    Casting By:
    Linda Phillips-Palo
    Davia Nelson

    Soundtrack By:
    Elmer Bernstein

    Director of Photography:
    John Toll

    Barry Malkin
    Melissa Kent

    Costume Designer:
    Aggie Guerard Rodgers

    Production Designer:
    Howard Cummings

    Steven Reuther
    Gary Marcus
    Georgia Kacandes

    Executive Producer:
    Fred Fuchs
    Michael Douglas

    Paramount Pictures

    Your Opinions and Comments

    6 / 10
    The Rainmaker is one of my favourite John Grisham novels, but at the same time, it is not an easy choice to adapt to film. The amount of detail that is contained in the book simply cannot be translated into a few hours of film. Having said that, this is a solid effort, and certainly worth a watch for fans of either the genre or the book.

    An all-star cast raise the film a great deal - a young Matt Damon is particularly impressive. The rest of the cast, including, Danny DeVito, Jon Voight, Claire Danes, Mickey Rourke and Danny Glover are all excellent.

    Picture and audio quality are ok… but nothing to write home about. At least the picture is better than the R1 disc. Unfortunately this is another barebones disc from Paramount. Not even a trailer! This is a crying shame, as a few extras would make this disc a much more attractive purchase.

    Overall, I felt this was a decent adaptation; if a little slow at times. Well worth a rent, but probably not one to buy.
    posted by Rich Davies on 27/6/2003 19:15