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"Hard Rain"

Floodwaters are rising in a small town and it has to be evacuated and as an opening shot it really grabs you. The waterworks are as tremendous as the technical effects can get. Morgan Freeman as the villain (Well it is a lot better than his role in Amistad), you even feel the he is very likable, but why he doesn't have better sense to get out of the flooding water is a mystery. Of course there is the greed of getting the money from Christian Slater, who is one of the armored truck guards.

Water, water everywhere and not a drop to spare. I felt all the actors should have been in scuba divers suits. Compassion the better part of valor should have weighed heavily on this director Michael Salomon, for his performers. Of course there is Randy Quaid as the sheriff, please give the audience a break. Minnie Driver so effective in "Good Will Hunting" is a total waste here, as the local woman who gives it a go with Slater, so that we can have a romantic effort. Besides who will save Slater from going under.

It is always questionable as to who greenlights these projects. Is there really someone at Paramount making these crappy decisions? Or is it just because the au courant actors are available and this is a good way to cash-in on their careers, while they are hot. In this case they may all be wet.

Hard Rain
Produced by: Mark Gordon, Gary Levinsohn, Ian Bryce
Directed by: Mikael Salomon
With: Morgan Freeman, Christian Slater, Randy Quaid, Minnie Driver, Edward Asner, Richard Dysart, Betty White
Co-producer: Christian Slater
Executive produced by: Allison Lyon Segan
Muisc by: Christopher Young
Edited by: Paul Hirsch
Production designed by: J. Michael Riva
Director of photography: Peter Menzies, Jr.
Written by: Graham Yost
Rated: R
Released wide 16 January 1998

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Original Date Saturday 17 January 1998
Updated Sunday 18 January 1998