The Rainmaker


The Rainmaker

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In this film, Burt Lancaster stars as 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 and his three offspring.

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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

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
Jim Hunter

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

Aj V
Aj V

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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
Bruce Bruce

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A welcome surprise in my daily movie diet, The Rainmaker was a sweet desert, to say the least. Burt Lancaster, Katherine Hepburn and Lloyd Bridges star in this adaptation of the stage play of the same name. All of the actors do wonderful work here. Most people would see it as simply over-acting their parts, but I believe the nature of the play couldn't have been played any other way and I enjoyed the performances. Shot in the days of Vistavision by stage play director Joseph Anthony, the film looks very nice and is composed to great effect with the letterbox format. The amazing thing about the movie is that it was essentially shot in one location, leaving out the sherrif's office and the town in the prologue, but yet it never tires because the material and the delivery of it is very strong and very interesting. The score here is peppy and just a delight, not to mention it matches the film so well. It gives it a spirit and a movement that keeps the pace on track. The few complaints I have about the movie ARE very few, so let's get them over with. To me, Burt Lancaster is only in half of this movie, really. He pops up at the beginning and disappears for nearly 30-60 mins in the whole of the story. It does give you a chance to meet and get to know the family of the story, but I think it causes the main narrative to suffer a little bit. I also believe that some of the scenes in the film are FAR too long. To me, the conclusion of some scenes is reached in the audience's mind before the character's actually get there themselves. Some of the dialogue itself feels burdensome for this reason. Build-up and exposition is one thing, fleeting is another. Despite these flaws, this movie was very enjoyable. I really related to it on a level that I can't quite get into here, but trust me when I say that the movie is a good one, and that if you happen to catch it on TCM, do watch and enjoy a great romantic classic.

Tim Salmons
Tim Salmons

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