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Top Five Movie Scenes Featuring Rain

April 8, 2010

This particular post has been inspired by a recent adventure.  I locked myself out of my house in a huge storm (wearing no shoes and in my pajama pants) when I attempted to rescue my rogue Australian shepherd puppy.  As I sighed and cursed the heavens, an idea came to me…

All are now safe and well, but it got me thinking….what are some great movie scenes featuring storms/rain?

5.) Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)

The climatic end scene of this classic comedy ends in a furious rainstorm that is just as befuddling as the romance between these two mismatched characters.  Hugh Grant’s stammering Charles and the suave but misguided Carrie (Andie MacDowell) finally get to the heart of the matter outside a picturesque London townhouse in a typical London fog of a day.

4.) The Lord of the Rings:  The Two Towers

The great Battle of the Hornburg, which takes place at the human stronghold of Helm’s Deep, is brilliantly shot in the middle of a grueling storm.  Our faithful band of human, elf and dwarf companions is literally eroded by the strength of the approaching armies and the hammering of the rain.  Peter Jackson brought the intensity and the power of Tolkein’s original scene to the screen, and as the audience, it was truly mesmerizing.

3.) Spiderman (2002)

Sam Raimi created one of the great iconic (and romantic) superhero moments when Tobey Maguire’s Peter Parker kisses his true love Mary Jane (Kirsten Dunst), while hanging upside down in the middle of a New York heavy rain.  It’s a picture perfect moment, and a great metaphor for their relationship, which in the beginning of the series, was never quite pitch perfect, but always quirky and unique.

2.) The Ice Storm (1997)

Ang Lee’s oft-overlooked film about the disintegration of  a 1970s Connecticut family is structured around a Thanksgiving weekend and a whopper of a storm.  As the Hood family (Kevin Kline, Joan Allen, Tobey Maguire and Christina Ricci) go from smooth suburban hypocrisy to snarling and devastated open wounds, so intensifies the storm outside, culminating in an ice storm with tragic implications for more than one character.

1.) Blade Runner (1983)

I admit, it is one of my favorite films and I DO try and fit it in to my commentaries whenever possible, but the closing scene of Ridley Scott’s cult hit is in a league of its own when it comes to visual and emotional impact.   Viewers of the original film may have been expecting a tour-de-force battle between Harrison Ford’s “blade runner” Deckard and Rutger Hauer’s unstable replicant Roy Batty, but what they got was a moving ode to the transience of time and the strength of the human spirit.   As Roy says, ” I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser gate. All those moments will be lost in time… like tears in rain.”

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  1. Hazel permalink
    April 9, 2010 4:22 pm

    One of my all time favorite movies is “Amadeus”, the story of the struggles between Mozart and Salierie (sp?). When Mozart dies, he is virtually pennyless and his cloth wrapped body is thrown in the back of a rickety horsedrawn cart. Mozarts’ funeral mass symphony is playing in the background. The weather is dark, foggy and rain is pouring down. As the cart arrives at the cemetery, you watch as the undertakers tosses his body into a paupers grave with many other cloth wrapped bodies. The undertaker then dumps a shovel full of powdery lime over the body and returns to the cart. It is a profoundly sad moment in the film, made even more so by the drenching rain, the symphony playing and foggy dreariness. The saddness of that scene always brings me to tears.

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