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Who'll Stop the Rain (1978)

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
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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 ...
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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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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 »

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Ray Hicks: Nobody can surprise us here. We've got the high ground. We can *win* this one.
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PHILADELPHIA FILLIES
Performed by Del Reeves
Courtesy of United Artists Records
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Great Book turned into a Great Movie
25 January 1999 | by (Calgary, Canada) – See all my reviews

The book was great and while I don't usually think Hollywood does a very good job translating the book into a movie in this case they have done an excellent job.

Nick Nolte is outstanding as Ray Hicks, a marine vet doing a favor for a buddy by smuggling 2 keys of pure heroin back into the U.S.A. When he gets stateside and goes to his buddy's wife to make the drop all hell breaks loose and Nolte tears up the screen. Also features an outstanding supporting cast with Michael Moriarty as Nolte's buddy John Converse, Tuesday Weld as Marge Converse, Anthony Zerbe as Antheil and Richard Masur and Ray Sharkey as Zerbe's henchmen. The ending is surrealistic and one of the most memorable finale's I have seen.


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