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.

FADE IN:

RAIN:

Falls from low grey clouds. Down below we see...

THE RIVER:

Muddy, slow and powerful, overflowing its banks. In the near

distance is...

THE RESERVOIR:

Filled to the maximum, water thundering out of two open gates.

We close in on...

THE DAM:

There's a Dam Control Office in the middle of the dam. We

MOVE OFF the reservoir and head out over...

THE TOWN OF HUNTINGBURG

We see "NO FEAR" spelled out in stones on one man's roof. We

go down and into...

EXT. STREETS OF HUNTINGBURG - DUSK

Storefronts are sandbagged and closed. A sign on one store

reads:
GONE FISHING. A sign on another: HEY LOOTER. NOTHING

OF VALUE HERE. TRY NEXT DOOR. And on the next store: HE'S

LYING.

A CHURCH:

Beautiful, old, ringed with a five-foot-high wall of sandbags.

The floodwater is up to the first level of sandbags.

CARS AND PICKUP TRUCKS

Loaded down, are heading out of town on streets covered in

the first water of the flood.

A STATUE:

On an island in the middle of the street. It's Civil War-

era, of a general on a horse, sword held high. The floodwater

is over the curb, lapping at the base of statue's pedestal.

Near the statue stands...

THE SHERIFF:

50s, with soft edges and friendly eyes. He's talking into

his radio mike.

SHERIFF:

So, are we all going to die?

EXT. RESERVOIR DAM

HANK, the dam control officer, is on the radio with the

Sheriff.

HANK:

Not right now. But I'm gonna have to

let out a little more.

EXT. MAIN STREET

WAYNE and PHIL, two deputies, 30s, are near the Sheriff,

shoring up a sandbag wall that has partially collapsed.

PHIL:

I think my best was when I turned

twelve. My Dad set up a treasure

hunt. It was really cool.

(off Wayne's disdainful

look)

Well, it was.

Wayne shrugs a "whatever" and pulls a sandbag up out of the

water. There's unpleasant-looking muck all over his arms. He

drops the sandbag back into the water and shakes off the

crud with disgust.

WAYNE:

This blows.

PHIL:

My most awful birthday was sweet

sixteen. I had mono. How about you?

What was your worst?

WAYNE:

You kidding? You think I could've

possibly had a birthday worse than

this? What kind of loser do you think

I am?

SHERIFF (O.S.)

Don't answer that, Phil.

The Sheriff walks over.

SHERIFF:

Hank says he's gonna open another

gate. We're gonna get another rise.

They turn at the sound of honking. The MAYOR drives up.

MAYOR:

Gentlemen. Hey -- happy birthday,

Wayne.

Wayne nods. Phil stiffens. They do not like this guy.

MAYOR:

(to the Sheriff)

Mike, I gotta say, what you're

doing... I don't know if I'd be here,

considering.

SHERIFF:

(good-natured)

Well, you would be if you wanted to

get the last couple of paychecks

some bastard owed you.

MAYOR:

(grins, then:
)

I just want you to know I think the

people 'round here made a big mistake.

Phil grumbles to himself.

PHIL:

"The people"? You're the one who

screwed him.

MAYOR:

Sorry, Phil?

PHIL:

(blushes)

I, uh --

SHERIFF:

(to Mayor, saving

Phil)

You know, Bob, as much as I'd love

to stand here all day talking about

how great I am, if you don't get

moving I'm gonna have to haul your

sorry ass off to jail.

MAYOR:

(laughs)

Okay, okay, I'm going. Keep up the

good work, boys. It's appreciated.

The Mayor rolls up his window and heads off.

WAYNE:

Whaddya say we go torch the fucker's

house and blame it on looters. Or

how about we put a dead cow in his

living room. He comes back after

it's been in the water a couple of

days. Hello!

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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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