The Rainmaker (1956)
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as Bill Starbuck/Bill Smith/Bill Harley/Tornado Johnson
as Lizzie Curry
as Deputy Sheriff J.S. File/Three Point Texas
as Noah Curry
as Jim Curry
as H.C. Curry
as Sheriff Thomas
as Phil Mackey
as Phil Mackey
Critic Reviews for The Rainmaker
Hammy and stagey in spots though it is, this is an enjoyable rural comedy-drama.
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.
Drama, love story, and often comedic Lancaster-Hepburn teaming.
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.
I really enjoyed this movie, Hepburn and Lancaster make a good team, and the story is really cool, check it out.
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,
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