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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Marge Converse
Ray Sharkey ...
Eddie Peace
Angel (as Joaquin Martinez)
James Cranna ...
Timothy Blake ...
Shelby Balik ...
Jean Howell ...
José Carlos Ruiz ...
Galindez (as Jose Carlos Ruiz)


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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Release Date:

8 September 1978 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Dog Soldiers  »

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1.85 : 1
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The meaning of the film's source novel title "Dog Soldiers" is that it refers to a term from indigenous American Indian tribal culture where the phrase was used for the name of a warrior who had no allegiance to their customs. See more »


Ray Hicks: When I tell you the story of my life you'll eat your heart out.
Marge Converse: How did you turn out?
Ray Hicks: Well, your husband once told somebody I was a psychopath.
Marge Converse: That's the kind of thing he'd say.
Ray Hicks: Do you think he could be right?
Marge Converse: It's a very imprecise term.
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Written and Performed by Don McLean
Courtesy of United Artists Records
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One of my favourites
2 January 2001 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

I saw this again on the TV a few days ago, and it reminded me of just how good it was. It's nothing special to look at, but the script is great and it's well acted. Nick Nolte is one of my favourite actors, and Richard Masur and Ray Sharkey make a wonderful pair of goons.

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