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Who'll Stop the Rain (1978)

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Vietnam veteran Ray Hicks gets conned into helping his buddy John Converse smuggle some heroin, only to wind up on the lam with John's wife when the deal goes sour.

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Marge Converse
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Antheil
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Danskin
Ray Sharkey ...
Smitty
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Charmian
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Eddie Peace
David Opatoshu ...
Bender
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Angel (as Joaquin Martinez)
James Cranna ...
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Timothy Blake ...
Jody
Shelby Balik ...
Janey
Jean Howell ...
Edna
José Carlos Ruiz ...
Galindez (as Jose Carlos Ruiz)
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Vietnam veteran Ray Hicks gets conned into helping his buddy John Converse smuggle some heroin, only to wind up on the lam with John's wife when the deal goes sour. Written by Alan Sepinwall <sepinwal@mail.sas.upenn.edu>

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A week ago they were strangers. An hour ago they were lovers. Now they are targets. See more »


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8 September 1978 (West Germany)  »

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Amargo cargamento  »

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The movie was made and released about seven years after the events depicted in it during the Vietnam War had occurred in 1971. See more »

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Antheil: I was just reading your play. I liked a lot of it. I don't like the main character, though. This Marine. Sounds like a real jellyfish. I guess you're supposed to like him because he's against the Marine Corps. Is that it?
John Converse: Something like that.
Antheil: Why doesn't he *do* something? I mean, go over the hill, refuse an order. I couldn't sympathize with a character like that.
John Converse: Not everyone did.
Antheil: The Marine in the play, that supposed to be you?
John Converse: No.
Antheil: Maybe a little?
John Converse: Maybe on some level.
Antheil: Um-hmn. You know what I ...
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UNDER APPRECIATED GEM
29 December 2001 | by (St. Clair Shores, MI) – See all my reviews

Released in 1978 with the "bigger" Vietnam films (THE DEER HUNTER, COMING HOME), this is an under appreciated gem. Nick Nolte showed signs of becoming a solid leading man with his work here as action junkie Ray Hicks. The supporting cast in smaller, important roles bolsters a tight, moving film. Richard Mazur and Ray Sharkey are ultimate psychos and Charles Haid, as the weasel dope dealer are great. Like Karl Reiz's previous gem (THE GAMBLER), this film deserved to be bigger.


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