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Hard Rain (1998)

 -  Action | Crime | Drama  -  16 January 1998 (USA)
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Set during a massive flood started by a dam accident in a small town, Tom (Christian Slater) is an armored truck guard who gets robbed by Jim ('Morgan Freeman'). Tom gets away with all the ... See full summary »

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Set during a massive flood started by a dam accident in a small town, Tom (Christian Slater) is an armored truck guard who gets robbed by Jim ('Morgan Freeman'). Tom gets away with all the money and hides it. In a panic, he tells the sheriff about the area he hid the money in and the sheriff locks him up. Now Tom has to get to the money and keep himself alive battling the sheriff, Jim and his crew and the elements. Written by ShowBob <showbob@geocities.com>

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sheriff | dam | flood | thief | small town | See more »

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In the worst storm in living memory, one guard stands between five men and three million dollars. See more »


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Rated R for violence | See all certifications »

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16 January 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Flood  »

Box Office

Budget:

$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£472,553 (UK) (17 April 1998)

Gross:

£1,031,280 (UK) (1 May 1998)
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Trivia

At the time it was filmed, the movie had the largest painted scenic backdrop ever used in a film. See more »

Goofs

When the armored car stalls, it is near the middle of a dip in the road. Later the water is chest deep next to the car, but when the robbers cross the water it never gets much deeper than waist depth. As the middle of the dip would be the lowest point, the water depth should have been much greater. See more »

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Tom: I was looking for a place to hide it.
Wayne Bryce: From what? Swamp Thing?
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The Paramount mountain is seen in much worse weather than normal; the camera pans down from the logo to scenes of flooding. See more »

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References Swamp Thing (1982) See more »

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Flood
by Dan Haseltine, Matt Odmark (as Mark Odmark), Stephen Mason,Charlie Lowell & Tim Smith
Performed by Jars of Clay
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Something a little different from the norm - 74%
8 February 2004 | by (Hampshire, England) – See all my reviews

I remember seeing the trailer for this film some years ago and thinking it looked pretty good. Thankfully, the BBC decided to show it last night. Had it been something else, I might have ended up watching "Terminator 2: Judgement Day" on Five. Again. Besides, "Hard Rain" was largely met with disinterested shrugs upon release and that is a shame. Just because it's unconventional doesn't mean it's a load of old rubbish and you'd be a harsh critic indeed to describe this film as "rubbish".

"Hard Rain" stars Christian Slater as a goody-two-shoes employee of a armoured truck firm who, together with his uncle, collect $3'000'000 from a bank in a town that's about to be flooded (phew!). Trouble arrives in the shape of the typically brilliant Morgan Freeman who, with his gang of cronies, are intent on collecting the money for themselves. Throw in Minnie Drive as the damsel in distress and Randy Quaid as the gun-toting' sheriff and what you have is the wettest Western ever made.

Despite some dodgy CGI effects, the film is well worth watching. Freeman is by far and away the best actor on screen, offering depth to a character (if you'll forgive the pun) where most would take the role at face-value, like Minnie Driver. Credit too must go to the rest of the cast, who spend most of the film up to their waists in water which must make the action sequences especially dangerous and thrilling to watch. Leonardo de Caprio and Kate Winslet, take note. Speaking of the action, it is both exciting to watch and original. Highlights for me include a jet-ski ride through a high school, a shoot-out at a flooded cemetery and Slater's escape from a prison cell as the water rises around him. To break up the action, the bickering old couple still trapped in the town offer some genuinely funny moments and the change which comes over the characters during the film makes for a tense finale. OK, so some of the town looks like a model when the water comes crashing down the street and as I said earlier, some of the CGI could be touched up a bit. The church roof, for example, clearly isn't on fire as Slater et al speed away from it.

But the fact remains that this is a highly recommended picture. It isn't the best action film you'll see but it is different enough to warrant your attention and certainly one which you'll enjoy. If you can forgive a little out-of-date CGI, occasional suspect editing and Minnie Driver acting worse than a piece of driftwood then this film could be the one to float your boat.


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