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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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Karel Reisz

Writers:

Robert Stone (novel), Judith Rascoe (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nick Nolte ... Ray Hicks
Tuesday Weld ... Marge Converse
Michael Moriarty ... John Converse
Anthony Zerbe ... Antheil
Richard Masur ... Danskin
Ray Sharkey ... Smitty
Gail Strickland ... Charmian
Charles Haid ... Eddie Peace
David Opatoshu ... Bender
Joaquín Martínez ... Angel (as Joaquin Martinez)
James Cranna James Cranna ... Gerald
Timothy Blake Timothy Blake ... Jody
Shelby Balik Shelby Balik ... Janey
Jean Howell 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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Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 September 1978 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Dog Soldiers See more »

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Production Co:

Katzka-Jaffe See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The scene on the railroad tracks is a reference to the final adventure in Mexico of beatnik figure Neal Cassady, Jack Kerouac's inspiration for Dean Moriarty in "On the Road". Author Robert Stone had traveled with Cassady and Ken Kesey's Merry Pranksters. Furthermore, Nick Nolte was in the midst of extensive research on Cassady for his portrayal in the film Heart Beat (1980). See more »

Quotes

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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WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN
Written by John Fogerty
Performed by Creedence Clearwater Revival
Courtesy of Fantasy Records
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Powerful Story
19 July 2002 | by jmorrison-2See 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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