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Hard Rain
     

Hard Rain

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Director: Mikael Salomon, Morgan Freeman, Christian Slater, Randy Quaid

Cast: Mikael Salomon, Morgan Freeman, Christian Slater, Randy Quaid

 

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Michael Salomon's action film features numerous aquatic chases that are captured beautifully by the widescreen transfer on this DVD. The original 2.35:1 aspect ratio is preserved, keeping the flying jet skis in frame. One English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1, while a second English track and a French soundtrack have been recorded in Dolby Digital

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Michael Salomon's action film features numerous aquatic chases that are captured beautifully by the widescreen transfer on this DVD. The original 2.35:1 aspect ratio is preserved, keeping the flying jet skis in frame. One English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1, while a second English track and a French soundtrack have been recorded in Dolby Digital Surround. Spanish subtitles are accessible, and both English soundtracks are closed-captioned. Supplemental materials are limited to a theatrical trailer. Genre enthusiasts will get a kick out of some of the chase sequences, but there is little on this disc to intrigue others.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Michael Costello
A fast-moving, entertaining, basically mindless, heist film from the writer of Speed (1994), the film is certainly among the most water-logged features in history. The story, which asks the audience to buy the notion that a team of thieves would go ahead with the heist of an armored car even after rising floodwaters in a small Indiana town have washed away their Plan A, is never remotely believable. Although the filmmakers occasionally drop hints that they intend this as satire, the film's tone is so uneven that it's impossible to know exactly what they had in mind. Nevertheless, the excellent cast -- led by Morgan Freeman, as the head thief, and including Christian Slater, Ed Asner, and Minnie Driver -- is so compelling that the film's essential inanity is, at times, forgotten. Randy Quaid also turns in a hilarious performance as a rather unusual sheriff. In a film like this, the water stunts are the main attraction, and what with the speedboats and jet-skis perpetually hurtling across the screen, it doesn't disappoint on this score.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/15/1998
UPC:
0097363321378
Original Release:
1998
Rating:
R
Source:
Paramount
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, stereo]
Time:
1:36:00

Special Features

Widescreen version; Dolby Digital: English 5.1 Surround Sound; English Dolby Surround; French Dolby Surround; Spanish subtitles; English captions; Interactive menus; Scene selection; Theatrical trailer

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Morgan Freeman Jim
Christian Slater Tom
Randy Quaid Sheriff
Minnie Driver Karen
Ed Asner Charlie
Richard Dysart Henry
Betty White Doreen
Mark Rolston Wayne
Peter Murnik Phil
Michael A. Goorjian Kenny
Dann Florek Mr. Mehlor
Ricky Harris Ray
Wayne Duvall Hank

Technical Credits
Mikael Salomon Director
4ward Special Effects
Matt Earl Beesley Asst. Director
Ian Bryce Producer
Michael E. Burke Special Effects
Charisse Cardenas Set Decoration/Design
Cinesite Special Effects
John Frazier Special Effects Supervisor
Risa Bramon Garcia Casting
Mark Gordon Producer
Randi Hiller Casting
Paul Hirsch Editor
Al Hobbs Set Decoration/Design
Gary Levinsohn Producer
Richard Mays Art Director
Peter Menzies Cinematographer
Lee Orloff Sound/Sound Designer
J. Michael Riva Production Designer
Hugo Santiago Set Decoration/Design
Hugo Santiago Set Decoration/Design
Allison Lyon Segan Executive Producer
Christian Slater Co-producer
Graham Yost Screenwriter
Christopher Young Score Composer
Robert "Bobby Z" Zajonc Stunts

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selection
1. Main Titles [3:18]
2. Protecting the Town [1:36]
3. Three Million Dollars [2:13]
4. Welcome to Huntingburg [1:17]
5. Henry and Doreen [3:04]
6. The Truck Heist [1:27]
7. The Portman Crypt [2:35]
8. Huntingburg Middle School: Jet Ski Chase [1:02]
9. Not a Looter [3:36]
10. Locked Up [6:36]
11. High School Car [:55]
12. Get Out of the Water [3:57]
13. Kenny Dies [3:14]
14. Back to the Truck [5:23]
15. Let Them Go [2:09]
16. Charlie Called Us [2:07]
17. The Cemetery/Keeping the Money [2:47]
18. Belize [2:17]
19. Wayne Kidnaps Karen [1:30]
20. Attacking the Church [:29]
21. Where's Karen? [2:52]
22. The Dam! [1:31]
23. Boyd Street [3:01]
24. Jim's Redemption, "I Came for the money" [8:17]
25. The State Police Arrives [1:03]
26. End Credits [2:07]

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Hard Rain 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hard Rain is a great movie with an all star cast. This is one of the best action films ever.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think Christian Slater sucks. They could have casted someone a little better fit for the part. The only reason I gave the movie 4 stars is becuase the rest of the all-star cast made up for what Chris lacked. Thank God for Morgan Freeman and Randy Quiad! The storyline was pretty cool, too.