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The Rainmaker
(1997)
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Composed and Conducted by:

Orchestrated and Produced by:
Emilie A. Bernstein
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Hollywood Records
(November 11th, 1997)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you are a true Elmer Bernstein collector and enjoy a trip down memory lane when hearing his easy themes and innocently perky rhythms.

Avoid it... if the scores late in Bernstein's career have all seemed somewhat mundane and outdated to you.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,036
WRITTEN 12/23/97, REVISED 12/16/06
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The Rainmaker: (Elmer Bernstein) Once you've read one John Grisham novel, you've pretty much had a taste of nearly all of them. It was because of the series of formulaic screenplays churned out from these books that The Rainmaker was received with minimal expectations in late 1997. Many wondered why famed director Francis Ford Coppola would bother making such a small film, and he would combat those questions by mentioning parallels between the young lawyer in the story and his own youth. That lawyer, played by Matt Damon, is one of those few redeeming legal optimists who went through law school to make the world a better place. But he ends up as part of a misfit upstart outfit with Danny DeVito's comical character, and the film follows their progression as they take on a big insurance company in a wrongful death suit. The story is a rather innocent one, despite having some dark turns on the road to victory, and with the instillation of a sense of goodness from yesteryear, Coppola brought in legendary composer Elmer Bernstein to provide the wholesome sounds for the film. Because the world of legal maneuvering is filled with unexpected snazziness, Bernstein tackles The Rainmaker with high style of jazz and 1950's heart. It's one of those projects that hails back several decades to a more flighty time, and although the music seems strangely out of place compared to contemporary scores, it serves its film with the personality that Coppola likely envisioned. The score also stands out in Bernstein's own late career, which was beginning to become quite sparse by the late 1990's. Bernstein collectors will therefore keep The Rainmaker in a special place on their shelves, despite the fact that it requires a specific mood to enjoy. The group that Bernstein assembles is highlighted by a jazz ensemble, a moderate orchestra, and a Hammond organ. The resulting sound is often diminished because of the limitations of the group, but there are plenty of intriguing moments of chaos and grand themes in The Rainmaker to keep you interested.



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Average: 2.87 Stars
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Total Time: 49:24
• 1. Sharks (6:20)
• 2. Last Ride (2:30)
• 3. Donny (6:48)
• 4. Kelly (7:14)
• 5. Shenanigans (3:57)
• 6. The Plot Thickens (5:46)
• 7. The Fight (2:35)
• 8. Jail (3:05)
• 9. Who is Jackie Lemancyzk? (3:40)
• 10. The Trial Ends (2:32)
• 11. Goodbye Dot (3:22)
• 12. Sharks (Reprise) (1:28)

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The insert includes no extra information about the score or film. The score was recorded at Paramount Pictures (Los Angeles, California) in September, 1997.
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