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
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It is often believed that film's title was changed from "Dog Soldiers" so as not to be confused with the similarly titled novel of The Dogs of War by Frederick Forsyth which got made and released as a movie a couple of years later. However, the producers changed the title when they acquired the rights to use the song "Who'll Stop the Rain". The film was still released though as "Dog Soldiers" in a number of foreign territories. See more »
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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