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The Rainmaker (1956)

Approved | | Romance, Western | 13 December 1956 (USA)
During the Depression, a con-man promises rain to a desperate drought-ridden Kansas town and marriage to a local desperate spinster.

Director:

Joseph Anthony

Writers:

N. Richard Nash (screenplay), N. Richard Nash (play)
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Burt Lancaster ... Bill Starbuck
Katharine Hepburn ... Lizzie Curry
Wendell Corey ... Deputy Sheriff J.S. File
Lloyd Bridges ... Noah Curry
Earl Holliman ... Jim Curry
Cameron Prud'Homme ... H.C. Curry
Wallace Ford ... Sheriff Howard Thomas
Yvonne Lime ... Snookie Maguire
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Storyline

Lizzie Curry is on the verge of becoming a hopeless old maid. Her wit and intelligence and skills as a homemaker can't make up for the fact that she's just plain plain. Even the town sheriff, File, for whom she harbors a secret yen, won't take a chance --- until the town suffers a drought and into the lives of Lizzie and her brothers and father comes one Bill Starbuck - profession: Rainmaker. Written by A.L.Beneteau <albl@inforamp.net>

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It's about the magic that makes a woman beautiful when she's wanted by a man!

Genres:

Romance | Western

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 December 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Rainmaker See more »

Filming Locations:

Kanab, Utah, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$2,100,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Hal Wallis Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Tanya Tucker recorded a song "Lizzie and the Rainman". The story line of the song is very similar to the story of the movie. A "rainmaker" rides into a drought stricken West Texas town with promises of rain and falls in love with a woman named Lizzie. See more »

Goofs

After Starbuck shows up at the Currys' house, H.C. and Noah are playing a game of checkers. They start the game with H.C. playing red and make a few moves, then the phone rings. After the call, the game has reset to the beginning, and H.C. is playing black. See more »

Quotes

Noah Curry: We don't believe in rainmakers.
Bill Starbuck: What DO you believe in, mistah? Dyin' cattle?
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Soundtracks

She'll Be Coming 'Round the Mountain
(uncredited)
Traditional
Sung a cappella by Burt Lancaster
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even sweeter with the years...
27 April 2004 | by rondineSee all my reviews

When I was younger & first saw this movie, what caught my eye was the stage-y production, the over-ripe acting- I was wrong. It's funny, but being a late 30-something divorcee with my own self-esteem issues, I now watch this movie & marvel at its depth.

This is a movie about so much more than a con man, an old maid and people stuck and unable to change. It's really about loving yourself. We've all heard the saying that you have to love yourself before someone else can love you. And that is what this movie is about. Believing in yourself even when that's the hardest thing. It's really the crux of the movie.

The casting is actually perfect. I cannot imagine anyone else as Starbuck. Burt Lancaster's magnetism and on-screen "je ne ce qua" and Hepburn's radiant simplicity are a match made in heaven. They compliment each other very well. The supporting cast is also well done. Holliman's exuberance is contagious and the sweetly supporting father and no nonsense brother Noah are well done but not over done.

I highly recommend this movie. Give it a chance & suspend your disbelief- that's part of what going to the movies is about.

P.S. Several people mentioned the last scene with Lancaster riding into the rain as being over done, cheesy or whatever. Yet it's just that kind of imagery that does indeed stick with you after the movie. It may seem overblown the first time, yet upon subsequent viewings, I love the effusive and memorable affect it has on the viewer. :)


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