Hard Rain

1 h 36 min1998X-RayR
The setting is the evacuated town of Huntingburg, where armored car driver Tom is in deep danger. A gang of thieves figures the flood is its chance to heist the $3 million Tom's transporting from local banks.
Mikael Salomon
Morgan FreemanChristian SlaterRandy Quaid
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Minnie DriverEd AsnerRichard DysartBetty WhiteMark RolstonPeter MurnikMichael A. Goorjian
Mark GordonGary LevinsohnIan Bryce
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4.3 out of 5 stars

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Jason LatrellReviewed in the United States on June 27, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Unique Cominations of Human Nautre, Mother Nature, Action, and Humor
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The right movie, the right night for me. Check out this line-up: Ed Asner, Betty White, Randy Quaid, Minnie Driver, Richard Dysart, several others you'll recognize, and the always-perfect Morgan Freeman. As typical, Driver brings just the right spice and humor and Christian Slater seems to be at his best. The moments with White and Dysart are preciously priceless, while Quaid is as delightfully obnoxious as ever. Hard Rain is fun. The "bad" guy and the "good" guy eventually must work together to survive and they can't help but bond and look out for each other. What's more, girl saves guy, then guy saves girl, all toward a mostly happy ending. Finally, in light of typical action movies where most everyone seems to die of gunshot, automobile accidents, explosives, or violent nature, Hard Rain delights with a string of deaths that rely on unique combinations of nature and human elements.
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Tim F. MartinReviewed in the United States on July 4, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Die Hard in a flood!
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Hard Rain (1998). Definitely one of the classic 1990s action movies, where there was lots of gun play, impossible action sequences ignoring physics, and everything was "Die Hard with a twist" or "Die Hard on an X." First time seeing it. It was fun. The film didn't waste your time and had great pacing.

Film is set in a small town in Indiana, Huntingburg, that is being evacuated due to heavy rain and rising floodwaters. Our hero is Tom, played by Christian Slater, one of two armored car drivers (the other being Edward Asner as Uncle Charlie) who are trying to leave Huntingburg with their last pickup, as they have been visiting small town banks to secure all their cash from the rising flood.

On leaving town Uncle Charlie drives the armored truck into floodwaters, stranding them. The town evacuated, the National Guard said to be on their way but not for hours, so apparently no help coming, they soon encounter Jim (Morgan Freeman) and his three comrades who are here specifically to rob their armored car of its three million dollars.

What follows is a lot of action as Tom objects to Jim's gang taking the money, with boat and jet ski chases and gun fights and cat and mouse sequences and the flood as much a threat as the robbers, all in the dark and in the pouring rain. For what it was, it was well done.

Read a review that noted that the writer, Graham Yost, who also wrote Speed and Broken Arrow, in all three cases wrote action films where a law enforcement officer turned evil, there was a double cross of sorts, and did so not out of ideology but for simple "it's nothing personal" greed.

Fun seeing Christian Slater when briefly he was a big action star. Also fun to see Morgan Freeman back when he had more variety in his roles, not just voice-of-God-narrator type roles. Randy Quaid as Sheriff Mike Collins did a really good job as did Minnie Driver as Karen. Fun seeing Betty White though I didn't like her lines as her husband in the movie (played by Richard Dysart) got all the best lines when they were on screen as scrappy town residents.
Gloria FreemanReviewed in the United States on October 27, 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
Fun, non - stop, action packed movie.
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This was a fun, non - stop, action packed movie. If you like action, great movie to watch, if you like fun with your actions, this is the movie for you.

Lots of twists and turns, it hard to keep up with the bad guys, same with who good or not so good.

The rain never let up, we have boats, water skies, and more water.

Guns that seemed to never run out of bullets, if you like shooter - them - up movies, this movie is a must watch.

Not sure where all the bad reviews coming from. I recommend this movie, great action, guns with endless bullets, hero, fun and more.
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ConsuelaReviewed in the United States on January 5, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Good Movie!
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I had never seen this movie. I used to love Christian Slater back in the day before he got messed up. I know he is doing better now. But this is a very good flick from back in the day! Gotta love Morgan Freeman. What movie isn't good with him in it.? This thing is action packed and twisty in plot--so much of it--85% easy is filmed with everybody floating in water up to their necks. Hard Rain and the dam broke....but the plot is about stealing $3 million dollars from rom an armored car. Realistic? Probably not--but stranger things have happened. No, not academy award. No big deep thinking revelations of soul searching. It was just fun to watch. I like kick-butt action movies. This was one. I really enjoyed this movie! This is the only movie I ever saw Minnie Driver in. She was enjoyable, too. Randy Quaid is well, Randy Quaid. I don't know why it didn't get a higher rating. It was a lot better than so that were made at the same time--and much better than some made today. Good for a rainy Saturday afternoon entertainment.
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Rex BurgessReviewed in the United States on July 7, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Action, Plenty of H2O, Crazy boats, water jets and big guns! (And cute Minnie Driver) What's not to like?
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If you watch this movie, please understand that it is in fact a really great comedy with a lot of action and some drama thrown in there. Slater is really good in this, just like he was in "True Romance." He has to have the right role and then he really shines! This movie is over the top with a great cast: Morgan Freeman (bad, yet good guy), Betty White as a whining, peckish old woman constantly on her husband's back, crusty Ed Asner as an armored guard and Mr. Randy Quaid as the town cop. Where are you Randy? We miss you. Another cast member? A lot of water. A lot. If you're looking for a good fun movie while swigging some brew, this is it! Check it out.
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Ed UrdReviewed in the United States on April 22, 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
The Extreme Always Seems to Make an Impression
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The sheer number of negative reviews of Hard Rain is an utter enigma. I've seen thousands of films, and own hundreds, and have a better than average comprehension of the cinematic arts than your average consumer, and I simply cannot find whatever it is that triggers the peculiar neurological anomaly in viewers who complain that Hard Rain is "boring," or it's plot "convoluted." While the cast does barely manage to land just below the maximum level that a simple heist picture can bear, before the audience begins to lose track of who is who, it's a credit to the director that none of the characters becomes anonymous in the dark and the deluge.

HR is a taught and relentlessly paced action film that hits the ground running the instant the opening credits fade from the screen, and barely pauses to let you catch your breath before the final credits begin to roll. If you have time to get bored, there's something seriously amiss, see a doctor immediately. While there may not be any spectacular stunts that you've never seen anywhere before, the stunts abound, and the chase is nonstop - as is the torrential downpour and the rising flood - this story is so dark and so wet, you may feel the need to towel off several times before it's over. Of course there are implausible escapes, you can't have an action movie without impossible hair-breadth narrow misses every few minutes, and cynical characters double-crossing each other, and guns that never empty - until it's convenient for the script writer (the same mind who brought you 'Speed' and 'Broken Arrow,' no less, also top notch breathless actioners).

What you won't find, are long monologues, existential angst, or nuanced character development. These people are pretty much what they appear to be the first time they're seen onscreen. They don't grow, or wisen, or mellow with time. They chase and try to kill each other. There are a handful of decent human beings, a whole bunch of greedy A-holes, and some old folks for comedy relief, and it's not hard to tell who's who. But if Hard Rain doesn't keep you glued to the screen from beginning to end, adjust your meds and watch it again. It's not the movie, it's you.
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Derek S CampauReviewed in the United States on March 14, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
How did I miss this gem?!
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I just saw this for the first time and actually feel worn out, in a very good way. This is an amazing combination of crime drama, action adventure, and disaster movie, with some humor and a wonderful cast to top it off. It's mostly shot at night, and in and on water, but the production values are stellar. And it has so many twists and turns; the good guys and the bad guys get blurry. A great movie to see with friends and some party materials!
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AllyReviewed in the United States on July 6, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Great Action Movie and Depiction of a Massive Flood Event
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The movie “Hard Rain” is about the attempt to rob an armored car during a large flood event. Two men, Christian Slater and Ed Asner, are in charge of collecting all of the money from banks throughout several towns. They are transporting the money in an armored car when they are attacked by looters. One of the armored car drivers hides the money and runs to get away from the villains. As the water continues to rise, the chase is on to find the man and retrieve the money.
One important part of a film involving natural disasters is the believability of the event. When the film started, there was heavy rain and already two or three feet of flooding. The town was evacuated because it also had a dam that could rupture at any moment due to the flooding. As the movie progressed, the water rose to the top of a two story house. Power lines, transformers, and other items attached to the ground were pulled up and floating. The few people left in the town were using small boats and jet skies to maneuver around town.
If this happened in real life, the town would be evacuated and many would be utilizing boats in order to leave. However, the likelihood of people staying behind to pull off a heist is extremely low considering it would most likely end with loss of life. Additionally, if this actually occurred, there would be several operators for the dam to ensure that it did not break. Considering the town was evacuated, people would have taken further measures to prevent their house from being completely flooded.
Overall, I thought this was an enjoyable action movie. The cast did a great job of making their characters believable and likeable without appearing too cliché and unrealistic. I believe that this film displayed a more dramatic but otherwise accurate depiction of a massive flood event.
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