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Hard Rain [DVD] [1998]


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  • Actors: Morgan Freeman|Christian Slater
  • Directors: Mikael Saloman
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Dutch, Spanish, English
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 24 Dec 2001
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005UWRW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,954 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A heavy rainstorm and severe flooding cause the sheriff and residents of a local town to evacuate and abandon it. However, an armoured vehicle carrying $3 million gets caught in the storm, making it a sitting duck for a gang of bandits, led by Jim (Morgan Freeman), who attempts to steal the cash. To prevent the bandits from getting their hands on the money, the van's driver, Tom (Christian Slater), runs off with it, but escape is not going to be easy with the water rising to life-threatening levels.

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It may not exactly be a disaster movie, but this terminally silly thriller is certainly disastrous, and would be pointless without the novelty of its setting in a flooding Midwestern town during a torrential rainfall. Physically impressive but idiotic in every other respect, the movie pits an armoured truck courier (Christian Slater) against a smart leader of thieves (Morgan Freeman) and a corruptible town sheriff (Randy Quaid) who are vying for possession of $3 million in cash. A waterlogged game of cat and mouse, the plot is so contrived that even the most impressive action sequences--such as a jet-ski chase through flooded high-school corridors--are robbed of their already tenuous credibility. Before long you'll be yawning as incompetent accomplices are systematically dispatched by their own stupidity, in the kind of movie where the use of power boats inevitably leads to at least one death by outboard motor. What's impressive here is the physical production itself--the effect of flooding was created by building a huge replica of downtown Huntington, Indiana, in a huge, watertight aircraft hangar in Palmdale, California! --Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.1 out of 5 stars

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Rich Milligan on 29 April 2005
Format: DVD
Hard Rain is a cross between a disaster and a thriller movie and whilst being a million miles away from being a classic, it does have enough integrity to entertain for its duration and all in all in not a bad old romp at all.
Christian Slater plays Tom, a security guard on a mundane cash run to collect the money from local banks. On the way back to headquarters he and his partner get caught in the flooded town of Huntingburg. Then a little too conveniently Morgan Freeman and his band of crooks appear and hijack the security van. Slater escapes with the money and hides it in a crypt in the local cemetery. Meanwhile local Sheriff, Randy Quaid is dealing with both the evacuation of the town and church renovator Minnie Driver who has brought the unconscious Slater into the jail. Slater had burst into the church earlier whilst escaping from Freeman and his gang and Minnie promptly whacked him with a crucifix mistaking him for a thief.
And so begins a tale of motorboats and floating coffins, baddies and goodies who seem to change sides at the drop of the hat, and more pistols and rifles (that all seem to work perfectly well even after being submerged in water) than you can shake a stick at.
All good fun, and even though the characters are pretty one-dimensional, the thrills and spills do carry you along to the end.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mr. S. F. H. Gilani on 2 Mar 2007
Format: DVD
This is a great action thriller with a very original story. Gang of crooks tries to steal 3 million dollars from a security van in a flooded town.

This film manages to have a gripping story with almost non stop action & breathtaking stunts. & its expertly edited & brilliantly shot almost totally at night. On top of that the pounding music score just adds to the experience.

I have seen this film about 10 times now, & every viewing is exciting to watch. & a jet ski chase through a SCHOOL ? How about that for originality ?

To add interest to the plot, the local police also have their own evil designs on the loot !! This is a fantastic rollercoaster ride.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 Dec 2001
Format: DVD
If you are going to buy this DVD because you like disastermovies, go ahead. If you like action, still buy it anyway because it's packed full of action shootouts. It's amazing what people will do for money, and in this case it's extreme! I thought the movie movie would be a disaster movie, then I found out it was an action movie I was even more pleased with it. If you like this, I advise Enemy of the State.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 Mar 2000
Format: DVD
This film may have been overlooked by many, but don't judge the movie by its cover. Star filled film with Morgan Freeman and Christian Slater taking the central stage. Well directed by Mikael Salomon, set in a town that has been swamped with water after the rain had caused the local damn to overflow. Morgan Freeman as Jim with his crooked friends robs a security van with Christian Slater as Tom inside. Unknown to Tom his partner is in on the deal. After the initial gun battle Tom survives and seeks refuse in the local town. Only problem is Jim and co want their monies. So begins a dangerous game of cat and mouse with Tom getting the better of his enemies. An interesting twist occurs later on in the film, which sums up the statement 'You can't trust know one when it comes to money'.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Inspector Gadget VINE VOICE on 30 Dec 2010
Format: Blu-ray
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By bond on 10 Jan 2008
Format: DVD
This DVD does not have 5.1 soundtrack unlike as mentioned in the product description. It has a plain 2.0 soundtrack (both English and Spanish). Please be aware of this before you order it. To me it makes little sense in buying an action-flick without surround (that too for a not-so-old movie).
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