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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
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Bender
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Angel (as Joaquin Martinez)
James Cranna ...
Gerald
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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8 September 1978 (West Germany)  »

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Dog Soldiers  »

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The film was made and released about four years after its source novel "Dog Soldiers" by Robert Stone had been first published in 1974. 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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PHILADELPHIA FILLIES
Performed by Del Reeves
Courtesy of United Artists Records
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Easily the best Nick Nolte performance
3 July 2004 | by (San Francisco, California) – See all my reviews

This is a small masterpiece and perhaps the best film to come out of the whole Vietnam War experience, perfectly reflecting the drug-addled, hyper-cynical and soulless days at the end of the 60's, when we all realized that it wasn't going to be alright.

If you like Nolte, you must see this. If you loath Nolte to the very depth of your being, you need to see it even more. His energy here would fill a dozen lesser films - only the remarkable supporting cast keeps him from single-handedly burning the movie down.

A huge number of American films from this period are massively overrated. Not this one.


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