The Rainmaker Reviews
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.
This is one of Lancaster's greatest performances in a time when the world needed hope. There were many many women like Hepburn's character whose repression was forced by family and society. Beautiful and manly Starbuck's tenderness toward her and her subsequent awakening is full of beauty and hope.
A real love story for people with intelligence