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Hard Rain (1998)

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The nephew of an armored-truck driver tries to prevent three million dollars from being taken by a local rival gang during a catastrophic flooding caused by a severe storm.

Director:

Mikael Salomon

Writer:

Graham Yost

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Morgan Freeman ... Jim
Christian Slater ... Tom
Randy Quaid ... Sheriff Mike Collins
Minnie Driver ... Karen
Edward Asner ... Uncle Charlie
Michael A. Goorjian ... Kenny (as Michael Goorjian)
Dann Florek ... Mr. Mehlor
Ricky Harris ... Ray
Mark Rolston ... Wayne Bryce
Peter Murnik ... Phil
Wayne Duvall ... Hank
Richard Dysart ... Henry Sears
Betty White ... Doreen Sears
Ray Baker ... Mayor
Lisa Fuhrman Lisa Fuhrman ... Mayor's Wife
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Storyline

In Huntingburg, the armored truck with three million dollars driven by Tom and his Uncle Charlie gets stuck in the flooding and realizes that the town has been evacuated since the dam does not have capacity to hold the storm. While waiting for the National Guard, they are attacked by Jim and his gang formed by Kenny, Mr. Mehlor and Ray and the clumsy Kenny kills Charlie. Tom flees with the bags of money and hides them in the cemetery. Then he is hunted down by Jim and his gang and he hides in a church. Out of the blue, he is knocked out and awakes locked in a cell. Soon he learns that the restorer Karen believed he was a looter and hit him. Sheriff Mike Collins and Deputy Wayne Bryce go to investigate Tom' story while Officer Phil takes Karen out of the town by boat. However she escapes with the boat and goes to the church. Meanwhile Tom is trapped in the cell full of water and Karen rescues him. He decides to return to the armored truck to retrieve a shotgun but he is captured by Jim... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Rated R for violence | See all certifications »

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Language:

English

Release Date:

16 January 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Flood See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,009,024, 19 January 1998, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$19,819,494, 19 April 1998

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,600,000, 22 March 1998
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DTS | Dolby Digital

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Color (DeLuxe)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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, Pennsylvania, is most famous for an 1889 flood, caused, like the flood in this film, by a dam failure. See more »

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Actually, firearms and ammunition will function wet, even underwater. What could keep a semi-auto from functioning eventually would be washing away of lubrication, if the water itself did not provide enough lubrication. Revolvers, pumps, bolt actions would not be affected immediately. In a matter of days, rust might keep them from functioning.

For ammunition, water would need considerable time to seep in around the primer and bullet. Many primers use a sealant after insertion to prevent this. Deactivation would be a matter of days or weeks. See more »

Quotes

Tom: [while floating down the road in a half submerged car] You all right?
Karen: Yeah, I'm fine. I think the heater just kicked in.
Tom: At least we're out of the rain, right?
Karen: Oh, yeah. This is real cozy.
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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 »

Connections

References Swamp Thing (1982) See more »

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The River
Written by Bruce Springsteen
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No More Water Movies
10 March 2006 | by radioriotSee all my reviews

First, I too am from Huntingburg, IN where this Disaster (movie) was shot. I was born there and moved away when I was 10 in 1968. But, I still live near it and go through Huntingburg from time to time. It was cool to see my old hometown's downtown... it looks just like, no movie tricks... minus the sandbags, and the stupid statue. The sandbags actually held the water in the downtown, since it is built on a hill. Now as for the movie... disaster is the correct word. It started off good... maybe a bit too fast, not enough character development. Then it got improbable ... then downright dumb. The town is under 10 feet of water and the power is still on??? Looks like another FEMA mess-up NO National Guard and only 4 cops? But mostly, people don't wanna pay good money to see waterlogged movies, water scares a lot of people. Remember Waterworld? Don't they test these things first before spending $70 mil. And this one was at night! The acting is good, the script half good... the premise no good! Nothing about this movie makes sense. But it was cool to see my old hometown in the movies! "A League of Their Own" involved both my old hometown (Huntingburg) and my current hometown (Evansville, IN) and was a much better movie. I was away and missed the filming of both movies :( So if you're looking to film a new movie, both town are still available and now, so am I.


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