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The Rainmaker1956

The Rainmaker (1956)





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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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Critic Reviews for The Rainmaker

All Critics (4)

Hammy and stagey in spots though it is, this is an enjoyable rural comedy-drama.

October 11, 2019 | Full Review…

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.

August 22, 2008 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

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

April 23, 2007 | Rating: 4/5

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

July 21, 2005 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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

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
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
Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

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