Who'll Stop the Rain (1978)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Drama  |  8 September 1978 (West Germany)
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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
David Opatoshu ...
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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Try to rip him off and he'll rip you apart! See more »


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8 September 1978 (West Germany)  »

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Dog Soldiers  »

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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 »


Danskin: I hate jailbird chess. I hate the style. Like a goddamn little tweety bird. "Ooh, here's a move!" It's fucking degrading.
Smitty: Plenty of guys belt you when they lose. Fucking Danskin, he wins and he hits you!
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Referenced in Nick Nolte: No Exit (2008) See more »


Written by Steve Winwood (as Stevie Winwood), Muff Winwood and Spencer Davis
Performed by the Spencer Davis Group
Courtesy of Island Records and United Artists Records
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What a great movie
2 April 2002 | by (Kimberling City, MO.) – See all my reviews

Suprisingly, I'd never heard of this one before. I watched it because my dad had reccommended it to me and I've always liked Nick Nolte. I guess I was expecting a war movie (I'm not terribly fond of them) but what I got was way more than that. Nick Nolte plays one of his best roles ever as merchant marine, Ray Hicks. He's just finished his tour of duty in Vietnam when he is asked a favor by his best friend. What follows next is two hours of tense moments, realistic situations, great music, harsh violence and a finale that was like nothing I have ever seen before.

I enjoyed Michael Moriarity's role as John and Tuesday Weld is great (and beautiful) as always. Richard Masur and Ray Sharkey provide a little bit of comedy relief as a pair of bumbling (but psychotic) idiots. Also, did I mention just how great Nick Nolte is in this movie? I mean, he's always had a strong screen prescence in everything he's ever done, but here, he does such a great job with the part that you really want to know more about his background. There really isn't much explanation as to where he's from and just what he's about, but in the end, you do have a pretty good idea of what makes him tick.

I just watched this for a second time and I'm pretty sure that I will end up picking up the dvd. One thing I can say, after watching this I'll never look at that Creedence song the same way again.

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