The Rainmaker 1956

The Rainmaker

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During the Great Depression, a drought is wreaking havoc on a small, destitute Kansas town. Bill Starbuck (Burt Lancaster), a slick grifter, arrives in town, promising he can make it rain in exchange for $100. His offer is accepted by H. C. Curry (Cameron Prudhomme), a rancher whose spinster daughter, Lizzie (Katharine Hepburn), is desperate for a suitor. Lizzie finally finds confidence when Starbuck, ever the smooth talker, convinces her she's beautiful.

Cast

Burt Lancaster
as Bill Starbuck/Bill Smith/Bill Harley/Tornado Johnson
Katharine Hepburn
as Lizzie Curry
Wendell Corey
as Deputy Sheriff J.S. File/Three Point Texas
Lloyd Bridges
as Noah Curry
Earl Holliman
as Jim Curry
Wallace Ford
as Sheriff Thomas
Yvonne Lime
as Snookie
Dan White
as Deputy
Tony Merrill
as Townsman
Joe Brown
as Townsman
Kenneth Becker
as Phil Mackey
Ken Becker
as Phil Mackey
Joe E. Brown
as Townsman
Stan Jones
as Townsman
John Benson
as Townsman
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Audience Reviews for The Rainmaker

  • Jun 02, 2015
    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.
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  • Feb 18, 2014
    Lancaster is too corny to pull this off effectively. HIs attempts to bring out the glamour in Hepburn seem forced.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Sep 05, 2010
    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
  • May 03, 2010
    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 B Super Reviewer

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