The Rainmaker - Live on Stage, Rare Professional Digital Video - (Tomm – Iconic Arts
The Rainmaker - Live on Stage, Rare Professional Digital Video - (Tommy Lee Jones, James Cromwell)

The Rainmaker - Live on Stage, Rare Professional Digital Video - (Tommy Lee Jones, James Cromwell)

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Title: The Rainmaker
Playwright: N. Richard Nash
Date: October 22, 1982
Location: Los Angeles, California
Language: English
Media Download Available: Digital Video (DVD) 
Quality & Size: Excellent/ Professional (1.31 GB)
Duration: 2 hours, 9 minutes
Details: In 1955 Hall Wallis purchased the film rights to The Rainmaker for $300,000, but the play’s author N. Richard Nash held onto the stage rights.  HBO rented out a legitimate theatre in Los Angeles, complete with an invited audience to give the illusion this was a filmed version of the stage play.  When N. Richard Nash heard of this HBO production, he sued HBO insisting he held the rights to all stage performances.  HBO countered that they now held the film rights, and since it wasn’t a paying audience they were within their legal rights to film it and air it.  The suit threatened to delay the air date, but just one day prior to airing, HBO settled with N. Richard Nash for an undisclosed amount. Here is that performance.
Cast includes: Tommy Lee Jones (Starbuck), James Cromwell (Noah Curry), William Katt (Jimmy Curry), Tuesday Weld (Lizzie). Directed by John Frankenheimer.