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Hard Rain [Blu-ray] (1998)

Ed Asner , Wayne Duvall , Mikael Salomon  |  R |  Blu-ray
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  • Actors: Ed Asner, Wayne Duvall, Richard Dysart, Dann Florek, Michael A. Goorjian
  • Directors: Mikael Salomon
  • Format: AC-3, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: February 9, 2010
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #120,354 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The setting is the flood-ravaged, evacuated town of Huntingburg, where Tom (Slater), an armored car driver, is in deep danger. A gang of thieves (led by Freeman) figures the flood is their chance to heist the money Tom is transporting from local banks. But there’s one thing the gun-carrying criminals didn’t count on – Tom. Come hell or high water, he’s determined to deliver the money entrusted to him. But before he does, he’ll have to survive a relentless pursuit filled with close calls, floods, uncertain loyalties and heart-stopping heroics.

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hasn't stopped raining for days March 6, 2001
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Shot as 'The Flood' in 1996, re-shot as 'Hard Rain' in 1997, and released into cinemas with virtually no publicity in 1998 it's a shame that this film sank with out a trace (pun intended). But you have to wonder why the studio abandoned it when it took investment from multiple backers to keep the production afloat (pun intended again).

I recall seeing publicity shots in 1997 for scenes (and characters) that aren't even in the movie. I guess we'll never know what Graham Yost's script was originally about. Paramount figured that the public had had enough of disaster movies and re-tooled 'The Flood' as a heist flick midway through filming. I can't say if it's for better or worse, but Hard Rain is still an exciting action ride.

Yes, the characterization is thin, but it avoids the cliche of making them all annoying as a quick way of defining them (something Twister, Volcano, and Dante's Peak were guilty of). The stragglers caught in the deluge as Huntingburg, Indiana is swept off the face of the Earth don't need to define themselves. They are who they are. Since the movie virtually takes place in real time there's little room for meaningless development.

Minnie Driver's unconvincing accent aside, the cast do pretty well with the material, and Slater makes for a better action hero here than he did in Broken Arrow (ironically, by the same writer).

Hard Rain works best in the cinema. It's too bad that it flopped because the big screen is where it deserved to be seen. Too many folks have seen and criticized this film from TV viewings that do the scope of the action no justice whatsoever. The water and chaos is very well shot and brilliantly staged.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Quite Entertaining Nonsense February 9, 2004
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It's set, entirely at night, in the small Indiana town of Huntingburg which is being evacuated as a serious flood develops. But there are a few folk still around: Christian Slater and Edward Asner, the drivers of an armoured truck with $3M in the back; Morgan Freeman, the leader of a small gang of thieves with their sights set on the same 3M, Randy Quaid, a sheriff with some unappealing character traits; Minnie Driver, a churchwarden who has lingered rashly to protect her beloved stained glass windows; Richard Dysart and Betty White, an elderly couple stubbornly refusing to leave for fear of looters, thrown in for comic relief. Slater escapes from Freeman and his pals with the money which he hides in a cemetery. They pursue him on jet skis... Everyone gets very wet. Explosions. Gunfights. Hair's breadth escapes by lead characters trapped in rising floodwater. General mayhem. Credulity strained to breaking point. Significantly above average American action movie. More original than most. Quite good fun. Nothing special. But worth a look if you like this sort of thing.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun action flick May 20, 2005
Yup - the plot does stretch your ability to suspend disbelief, but it stops short of actually asking you to hang it by the neck until it's dead - the story is unlikely, but there are no obvious plot holes to disrupt the fun.

Morgan Freeman dishes up his usual excellence in this role - a crook looking for a retirement fund, with a typical crew to help - a screwup 20s rowdy, an unemployed high school science teacher, and a scripture-quoting pro.

Christian Slater is, well, Christian Slater - I've been a fan for years, and this is yet another appearance of the wisecracking, intrepid guy that Mr. Slater plays so often. It'd get repititious if it weren't so much fun. He's at the end of a "clean out the banks before they're flooded" run, with $3 million in the truck when it's stuck in a deep spot in the ever-present water.

Minnie Driver does a fine, if understated, job as the woman who stayed in town too long, preparing a church she's been restoring to weather the flood, who gets involved in the scramble for the cash. While she's on the side of the good guys, there's no real steam between her and Slater.

Randy Quaid is the Sheriff who recently lost his re-election, and is bitter and angry, but determined to do a good job as long as he's on the clock - until the temptation of that money proves to be too much for him.

For a film set almost entirely in a nighttime rain, the camerawork is amazingly good. The effects work nicely, the flood gives us an element that's unusual in action films, and the cast works well together, even when the script gets a tad overblown.

The widescreen DVD has a few basic features, but is pretty scant in extras - no deleted scenes, no trailers for other movies, nothing you'd not have seen in the theatre but the trailer for this film - which was a disappointment, but not fatal.

All in all, a fun 96 minutes of video, if you're not in the mood for something deep and meaningful.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars SOGGY BUT FUN July 28, 2004
HARD RAIN is enough to make you never want to see it rain again. Filmed entirely during the horrific storm and with the threatening collapse of the local dam, this movie requires some squinting of the eyes just to tell who's who. Director Mikael Solomon keeps things moving, and if the whole plot wasn't so darn preposterous and absurd, this could have been a classic. There are some great chase scenes, double crosses, etc., etc. It's just not very believable.

Christian Slater's laconic performance is reminiscent of a young Jack Nicholson, but he seems awkward and clumsy as an action hero (ditto BROKEN ARROW), but he's pleasant. Morgan Freeman reprises his bad guy role from CHAIN REACTION and the future NURSE BETTY with his usual grace and precision. Morgan's probably never given a bad performance. Randy Quaid is grim and vile as the sheriff gone bad, and Betty White/Richard Dysart provide some fun comic relief as an elderly couple who refuse to leave town. (Wonder what happens to them though---last we see them they're stuck in a tree?).

HARD RAIN may have benefitted from a more believable lead, say Bruce Willis, but it's entertaining and delivers, in spite of its silliness.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I have seen this movie 5 times since it was first released. Do yourself a favor.
Published 18 days ago by Non De Plume 46
5.0 out of 5 stars A Flooded Town & A Holdup
This is about rain and lots of it. In this one Slater is an armored truck driver along with his uncle played Ed Asner in a small supporting role. Read more
Published 27 days ago by Orthodoxy
5.0 out of 5 stars Watch again too
Ok, Morgan Freeman....wonderful. Christian Slater a fine actor. Another keeper. No disappointments
Published 1 month ago by a. parr
5.0 out of 5 stars If not for the movie itsself Freeman is always a must have
A true Morgan Freeman adventure everyone must have. One of the many movies that needs that Freeman touch to make it great.
Published 1 month ago by D. West
2.0 out of 5 stars and said it was really dull and boring
I bought this recently, for my daughter and husband to watch. After forty minutes, they lost interest, and said it was really dull and boring.
Published 1 month ago by Susan
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved
Very fast pace story. Loved it
Published 1 month ago by Josephine Chamberlain
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 2 months ago by Angel Hernández
4.0 out of 5 stars ... when it was at the movie theater & really liked it, so had to get...
Saw this when it was at the movie theater & really liked it, so had to get the CD
Published 2 months ago by Corrine M Moulton
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Item as described.
Published 2 months ago by M. Parr
5.0 out of 5 stars A lot of really cool action!
Wonder4ful! A lot of really cool action!
Published 2 months ago by glenda cash
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