The Rainmaker (1956)

The Rainmaker (1956)

The Rainmaker





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N. Richard Nash's play +The Rainmaker has always attracted the most flamboyant of performers, and this 1956 film version is no exception. Burt Lancaster all but bursts from the screen with his arm-waving portrayal of a confidence artist who works the drought-ridden Southwest, promising to bring rain for a flat fee of a hundred bucks. During his latest campaign, Lancaster takes up residence in the home of farmer Cameron Prud'homme (repeating his Broadway role) and his three offspring: … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Western, Romance, Classics, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: N. Richard Nash
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 12, 2005
Paramount Pictures


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as Noah Curry

as Jim Curry

as Sheriff Thomas

as Snookie

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as Townsman

as Townsman

as Phil Mackey

as Phil Mackey

as Townsman

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Critic Reviews for The Rainmaker

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Playing yet another spinster, Katharine Hepburn is too old for the part of the tomboy in Joseph Andrew's film, which suffers from its theatrical sensibility.

Full Review… | August 22, 2008

Drama, love story, and often comedic Lancaster-Hepburn teaming.

April 23, 2007

Pretty entertaining for the most part -- even if you'll be laughing at the movie as much as you are with it.

Full Review… | July 21, 2005

Audience Reviews for The Rainmaker

A con artist arrives in a drought-ridden town claiming he can bring rain.
Burt Lancaster is a force. Perfectly cast as Starbuck, Lancaster chews the scenery with aplomb, and whereas any other actor might look like he's drawing attention to himself, Lancaster never looks like he's not playing the character honestly. This and his work in Elmer Gantry are the main reasons why he's such a eye-catching and dynamic. Katharine Hepburn is never quite believable as plain Jane Lizzie, but she makes it work and her scenes with Lancaster are the best in the film.
The last scene is confusing, and to avoid giving it away, I'll just say that the reasons why a character makes a decision aren't entirely clear.
Overall, The Rainmaker highlights Lancaster's incredible and vivacious talents.

Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

I really enjoyed this movie, Hepburn and Lancaster make a good team, and the story is really cool, check it out.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

Burt Lancaster plays a con man, Katharine Hepburn a near old maid. While trying to con the town and having the law chase him, Lancaster starts making promises to Lissy and she thinks her night in shinning armore has arrived. See the movie to know the ending. A 4 star movie,

Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

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