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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 <>

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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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8 September 1978 (West Germany)  »

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Dog Soldiers  »

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Novelist Robert Stone based the central character of Ray Hicks, played in the film by Nick Nolte, on Beat writer Neal Cassady. Stone knew him via fellow writer Ken Kesey who was a Stanford University alumni of Stone's. See more »


Marge Converse: Why Gerald?
Ray Hicks: Because he's a Martian! They're all Martians and I'm a loyal American who fought for my flag. Peace was fucking with me and I don't take shit from Martians.
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Referenced in True Romance (1993) See more »


Written by Jackie DeShannon, Jimmy Holiday and Randall Meyers
Performed by Jackie DeShannon
Courtesy of United Artists Records
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Powerful Story
19 July 2002 | by (Farmington Hills, MI) – See all my reviews

A remarkable performance from Nick Nolte. It makes you wonder why he hasn't achieved greater status than he has. His performance as Ray Hicks in this movie is just overpowering. An intelligent, highly-capable, although somewhat anti-social man who has been sneered at and kicked on one too many times. He is a true "Dog Soldier", and has not ever had anything easy in his life. His is a life of hard knocks and hard roads, and he doesn't shy away from either.

He exhibits his rock-solid beliefs in old-school virtues, such as, loyalty, true friendship and caring, and defending the people you care about with your life. A truly remarkable film, and a truly remarkable performance by Nolte. Nolte simply dominates every scene he's in.

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