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Hard Rain (1998)

R  |   |  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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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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money | sheriff | dam | flood | police | See All (124) »


Hol tief Luft. Du wirst sie brauchen. (Take a deep breath. You'll need it.) See more »

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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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Jim says he used to work "for the Johnstown Company" - likely a reference to Bruce Springsteen's song, "The River" which itself is quoted moments later by Ray. Johnstown, PA, is most famous for an 1889 flood, caused, like the flood in this film, by a dam failure. 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: What did you hit me with, anyway?
Karen: It was a crucifix. (Everyone looks at her) What? It was all I could find.
Tom: Great, I'm gonna have people from all around the world come to see the impression of Jesus on my forehead.
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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 »


References The Killer (1989) See more »


It Makes Me Lonely Blue Mountain Breakdown
Written, Performed and Produced by Jeffrey Pescetto (as Jeff Pescetto)
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Fast, exciting action flick with possibly too much shooting (and everyone a bad shot!)
2 May 2006 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Christian Slater plays an armored truck guard who has to deal with thieves, the crooked police, a fierce Indiana rainfall, and a flooded town while trying to protect three million dollars in the company vehicle. Well-done action flick isn't epic-scale, but does have many suspenseful close-calls and colorful characters, plus good performances by Slater, Morgan Freeman, Minnie Driver, and Richard Dysart and Betty White as an elderly couple who didn't evacuate when they were supposed to. Randy Quaid overplays heinously as a trigger happy sheriff, and the continual shootouts in the final third get repetitive, but this scenario (an entire town slowly being submerged) is exceptionally well-captured and the filmmakers didn't forget to add some good humor into the mix. **1/2 from ****

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