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Hard Rain (1998)

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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sheriff Mike Collins
Uncle Charlie
Kenny (as Michael Goorjian)
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Lisa Fuhrman ...
Mayor's Wife


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 <>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

16 January 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Flood  »

Box Office


$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$8,009,024 (USA) (16 January 1998)


£1,031,280 (UK) (1 May 1998)

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2.35 : 1
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At the time of filming, the movie had the largest painted scenic backdrop ever used in a film. See more »


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 »


Tom: I was looking for a place to hide it.
Wayne Bryce: From what? Swamp Thing?
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Crazy Credits

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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What the hell is Morgan Freeman doing in this?!
19 January 2002 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

The legendary film critic Pauline Kael (who passed on last summer) asked, "Is there a better working actor in America than Morgan Freeman?" (paraphrasing). Mr. Freeman in every role (even this one) is so commanding, believable with one of the best voices around...I just don't know why he keeps wasting his time on junk like this! Does he really need the money?

"Hard Rain" does have an excellent cast and some impressive set designs and effects. But it is so horribly written and cliché ridden it's distressing to see such a cast and budget wasted! When this film came out, Norm McDonald of SNL during the "Weekend Update" announced: "Christian Slater was temporarily released from prison so he could attend the premiere of his new film, "Hard Rain". After the first ten minutes, he was escorted back to jail." (!) In fairness, "Hard Rain" isn't THAT bad, but close enough.

Final rating: 5/10 A standard movie. You can watch it once, but then move on with your life."

(Trivia: The trailer for this film was released when "Titanic" first came out in December/January of 1997/1998. It was good, but it didn't help this film at the box office.)

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