Hard Rain script
Hard Rain (1998)
Synopsis: Hard Rain is a 1998 action-thriller disaster film produced by Mark Gordon, written by Graham Yost (the writer-producer team also behind the film Speed) and directed by former cinematographer turned director Mikael Salomon. It stars Christian Slater, Morgan Freeman, Randy Quaid, Minnie Driver, and Ed Asner. It is an international co-production between the United States, Denmark, United Kingdom, Germany, and Japan. The plot centers around a heist and man-made treachery amidst a natural disaster in a small Indiana town. The tagline is "A simple plan. An instant fortune. Just add water." The film grossed $19.9 million in the US on a $70 million budget, and it has a 29% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The film features the song "Flood" by the Christian rock group Jars of Clay, which launched the band into the mainstream music scene.

SHERIFF:

(shakes head)

You wanna know how to get the best

revenge on the Mayor and his boys?

You do exactly what we're doing. You

protect the town. You protect it

better than they would. Better than

they ever could.

WAYNE:

(thinks, shrugs)

I think the dead cow's better.

SHERIFF:

(ignores Wayne)

Any looter that comes in here is in

for a big surprise, cause as long as

I'm still wearing this pointy thing...

(indicates badge)

...nobody's taking anything from

this town.

INT. BANK VAULT

Nervous assistant bank manager WELLMAN is hurriedly tossing

stacks of money into two canvas bags.

A MAN'S SHADOW

Washes up on Wellman.

CHARLIE (O.S.)

Do you think you could go a little

faster, pal?

WELLMAN:

I -- I'm going as fast as I can.

SECOND SHADOW COMES UP

TOM (O.S.)

Well, it's not fast enough.

Wellman is about to speak, then sees something, gulps.

A SHOTGUN:

Is held by one of the men, pointed at the floor.

WELLMAN:

Sweeps the money off the shelves and into the bags.

SECOND MAN (O.S.)

That it?

WELLMAN:

Yes. We don't keep any of our --

THE TWO MEN:

Ignore Wellman, grab the canvas bags and stride off.

EXT. BANK - DAY

CLOSE ON the lower half of the front doors as they fly open.

Out come TWO MEN in long dark raincoats.

WELLMAN:

Runs up, stopping in the open door.

WELLMAN:

Hey, wait!

VERY CLOSE ON THE TWO MEN

As they slowly turn to face Wellman. We just see their faces,

shielded from the rain by hat brims. Meet...

TOM AND CHARLIE:

Tom, 30, handsome, with an easy smile. Charlie, 50, with a

tough, red face.

CHARLIE:

Excuse me?

WELLMAN:

Looks nervous for a second, then holds up a clipboard.

WELLMAN:

You forgot to sign.

TOM AND CHARLIE:

We see, for the first time, by their hats and uniforms, that

they are armored car drivers. There's an armored car parked

at the curb, on the other side of a low wall of sandbags.

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Graham Yost

Graham John Yost (born September 5, 1959) is a Canadian film and television screenwriter. His best-known works are the films Speed, Broken Arrow, and Hard Rain and the TV series Justified. In 2002, he created the widely acclaimed, yet short-lived drama series Boomtown. He has also written for the television series Herman's Head and Band of Brothers. He also created the short-lived NBC drama Raines. Yost teamed up with Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg, along with two of his fellow Boomtown writers Michelle Ashford and Larry Andries, to write and direct episodes of the HBO miniseries The Pacific. Yost is the creator and executive producer of the FX series Justified, and an executive producer on the FX show The Americans. more…

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