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Hard Rain
Hard Rain
Actors: Morgan Freeman, Christian Slater, Randy Quaid, Minnie Driver, Edward Asner
Director: Mikael Salomon
Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
R     1998     1hr 37min

A powerhouse cast churns up the action in this thrill-drenched story of an armored car driver battling armed crooks and the rampaging waters of a killer flood. Studio: Paramount Home Video Release Date: 04/11/2006 Starr...  more »

     

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Actors: Morgan Freeman, Christian Slater, Randy Quaid, Minnie Driver, Edward Asner
Director: Mikael Salomon
Creators: Christian Slater, Allison Lyon Segan, Art Levinson, Gary Levinsohn, Ian Bryce, Mark Gordon, Graham Yost
Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Crime, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: Paramount
Format: DVD - Color - Closed-captioned,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 12/15/1998
Original Release Date: 01/16/1998
Theatrical Release Date: 01/16/1998
Release Year: 1998
Run Time: 1hr 37min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 3
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English, French
Subtitles: Spanish
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Member Movie Reviews

Tom C. (tc) from WALTHAM, MA
Reviewed on 7/3/2011...
I really enjoyed this movie. Is it the best movie every made ... of course not. Is the plot crazy and rather transparent ... of course it is. Is it a great movie to watch when you just want to chill out and enjoy some good action ... heck yeah.

Morgan Freeman, Christian Slater and Minnie Driver do a groovy job with roles that could have easily been throw-aways for a quick pay check. And it's nice to see Randy Quaid before his, umm, "issues" got the better of him.

In the end, this movie delivers exactly what it promises. A good, soggy, action flick.
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.

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Terribly under-rated action movie that never fails to excite
Inspector Gadget | On the trail of Doctor Claw | 03/06/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This movie worked best in the cinema. It's too bad it flopped because the big screen is where it deserved to be seen. Too many folks have seen and critisized this film from TV viewings that do the scope of the action no justice whatsoever.

The action scenes are incredible and this movie is very well made. The bouncing, shaking, wobbling camera was an innovative idea and if you like the slow-motion fire-fights of John Woo movies but hate the gun pornography of trash like Bad Boys II then you'll get a kick out of Hard Rain.

And the music was just totally awesome too. Chris Young's score is the orchestral sound of violence, mayhem and nature taking over. Seriously, it's great stuff and you really ought to get the score CD.

Christian Slater also makes for a better action hero in this than he did in Broken Arrow. Randy Quaid and Morgan Freeman were very good too but I don't think Minnie Driver did a convincing American accent.

Don't be to hard on this film. It isn't supposed to be Citizen Kane. It's a pure action film with the minimal of plot to get in the way.

It was originally called The Flood and had numerous other characters in it and had many daylight scenes. But because of an abundance of disaster movies at the time it was reshot as an action movie that was set totally at night. And practically in real time too.

Sadly the Region 1 DVD is in Dolby 5.1 and is letterboxed at 2.30:1. It's not the best DVD of the film. If you have a multi-regional player then I suggest that you get the Korean Region 3 box set with a beautiful anamorphic transfer, DTS 5.1 and the script book included."
SOGGY BUT FUN
Michael Butts | Martinsburg, WV USA | 07/28/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)

"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."
Twisted plot, but still a good movie
retrowens | Alabama, USA | 05/15/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Hard Rain might have a twisted plot, pitting an armored truck guard against some robbers who are trying to steal 3 million dollars, but that doesn't really make it a bad movie. All the while, they're surrounded by a massive flood as their main obstacle. Hard Rain has some of the best actors such as Morgan Freeman and Randy Quaid playing the leading roles and they all do great jobs. Hard Rain also has some good action sequences and a lot of suspense throughout the film. It's like a wet and wild goosechase with everybody trying to catch Christian Slater in order to get the money. The special effects with all the water and rain couldn't have been done much better. Hard Rain is just another usual action movie until Morgan Freeman joins Christian Slater and they both team up and try to survive against the other robbers. That's when this movie gets a lot better with all the suspense and action. If you like good action movies with some suspense added in, you will probably like Hard Rain. The only drawback is the twisted plot, sometimes you might wonder what the movie is really about. But watch it and you'll figure it out without a problem."