When was the last time you saw a film and it drizzled? It never seems your favourite movie characters get caught by a quick rain shower. It would seem that when it comes to movies, it never rains but it pours. Rain has been used for symbolic cleansing, amping up the drama or adding some extra steam to a heated bit of on-screen passion.
We’ve put together a quick list of some of our favourite rain-soaked scenes and would love to know yours.
A visual masterpiece which received something of a muted reaction upon release waaaaaay back in 1982, Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner reaches its climax with one of the most famous soliloquies in the history of cinema, delivered and largely improvised by Rutger Hauer as the rain hammers down.. “All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain.”
The Shawshank Redemption
Another classic that faired surprisingly poorly upon initial release. The escape sequence which sees Andy Dufresne crawl through “five hundred yards of s**t-smelling foulness” to emerge into the pouring rain and be washed clean is an undeniably euphoric and classic piece of cinema with Andy smiling as only a falsely-imprisoned man experiencing freedom can.
With all the comic book adaptations that have followed and the multiple re-castings of everyone’s favourite web slinger, it would be easy to forget 2002’s Spiderman were it not for the one scene that gets shown most of the time – that famous upside-down kiss in the rain. Of course, if we’re talking famous kisses in the rain there’s also Four Weddings and a Funeral. Or the ending of Breakfast at Tiffanies or…
Its effects might not seem so cutting-edge now, but in 1993 Jurassic Park was a real game-changer and Spielberg made full use of the rain to amp up the tension and terror in this scene. Power to the electric fences is down, the guided cars are stalled inside the dinosaur enclosure and the rain is hammering down as we first encounter the T-Rex with fogged up windows hampering visibility, mud and puddles making running away treacherous and hard going…
Back to the Future 2
10:04 p.m. on Nov. 12, 1955, a lightning strike hits the Hill Valley Clock Tower and, in Back to the Future – generates the 1.21 gigawatts needed to send Marty McFly back… well, to the future. But in the timeline crossing sequel, in another part of town, the present-day Doc is inside the DeLorean when it’s struck by lightning and he vanishes in a flash leaving Marty stood alone as the rain starts to fall….
In a film stuffed with classic scenes stuffed from opening to closing credits, this one often gets forgotten but it would seem Forest Gump’s Vietnam War experience was pretty much a wet one. “One day it started raining, and it didn’t quite for four months..”
The Blue Umbrella
Is there any film company out there as good at trashing our emotions as Pixar? Have you seen the first 10 minutes of Up?! Visual masters that they are, the folks at Pixar can create truly beautiful and poignant scenes and The Blue Umbrella short film is a joy to watch.
Singing In The Rain
Of course, there’s few more iconic rain scenes in film than this one – surely the most famous scene to take place against the rain? There’s so many myths about this one too – that it was filmed in one take, that there was milk mixed in with the rain to make it more visible… but no; the filming took three days, Gene Kelly was running a fever throughout, would get so soaked that his wool suit would shrink during filming and it’s strong back-lighting that makes the rain so dramatic and iconic.
Well, these are ours – what’s your favourite cinematic rain scene? Tell us in the comments below.