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It Rained All Night the Day I Left (1980)

A tough rich female ranch owner in Africa wants to cut off the water supply to the locals, since she holds them responsible for the murder of her husband. She hires two charming gunrunners as help but they suspect her shady competitor.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Talbot
Leo Garcia
The Colonel
Guy Hoffmann ...
The priest
William Clarkson ...
Bertrand A. Henry ...
David Smadar ...
Crewcut (as Dudik Smadar)
Juki Arkin ...
Rolf Brin ...
Richard Selano ...
Jean-Claude Houbart ...
Peter Bray ...
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Robert Talbot and Leopold Garcia are two charming gunrunners who met in Rhodesia years ago, befriended, and partnered up. Their latest venture takes them to a small desert place in Africa, where they get ambushed and mugged by some guards. It turns out they're on the property of the Colonel, a tough good looking widow of a wealthy white ranch owner, who fought alongside the real life Nazi German general Rommel in WWII. The husband has been murdered and she blames the local poor black population for this crime. As an act of vengeance, she plans to cut off the water supply to the local population, so the government threatens to nationalize her land and throw her out. She hires Bob and Leo to help her, but they don't like the idea of punishing the townsfolk, so they instead investigate her late husband's old shady competitor Killian, who plans to marry the Colonel's cute nineteen-year-old daughter Suzanna in an arranged marriage. Meanwhile, the Colonel falls for Leo and Suzanna falls for...

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6 August 1980 (France)  »

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2 affreux sur le sable  »

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CAD 5,000,000 (estimated)

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Sally Kellerman was shooting Adrian Lyne's "Foxes" at the same time, which meant a few days of work in Los Angeles followed by a long plane flight to Israel. See more »


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O Suzanna
sung by Rick Barruco
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Poor at the start, but improves
21 September 2006 | by (london, england) – See all my reviews

This seems to be a pretty poor movie to begin with, but develops well. Very surprising, because it is filmed in the middle of nowhere, at minimal price.

Tony Curtis and Lou Gossett are gun runners, who go to work for Sally K when their guns are stolen. John Vernon, who is,as usual, brilliant, is her rival for the local water supply, and also the man who she thinks wants to marry her. In fact he's after her daughter, and there's a nicely comic sequence involving him and Curtis where Sally's rampaging around with a gun.

The characters are all fairly nasty, especially Curtis, who with his wisecracking acting don't give a sh*t style is really rather frighteningly convincing as a mercenary. What lets it down a little is him starting to empathize with the natives. Sally's husband, a former Nazi, was shot by someone, and she's locking up the local water until the natives tell her who.

Eventually, the government repossesses everyone's land, kicks them all out, and the natives gain control of the water supplies, with the help of the guns stolen from Curtis and Gossett. There's a bit more than that, but not much. So again, the title makes more sense than at first it appears. Feels like a weak episode of the A Team.

Has one moment of good cinema, when John Vernon turns on the tap in Sally's house, fires his gun as a signal to his men, and the water slowly stops running, indicating they've seized control of the supply. But that's all.

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