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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.

Director:

Karel Reisz

Writers:

Robert Stone (novel), Judith Rascoe (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
3 nominations. See more awards »

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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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Storyline

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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Taglines:

Try to rip him off and he'll rip you apart! See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The $20,000 per kilo Ray hopes to get for the heroin would equate to about $130,000 in 2020. See more »

Goofs

The story takes place in 1971, but the whole-year calendar poster in Ray's cabin on the ship is for 1976 (same as 1971 after February 29th). See more »

Quotes

Eddie Peace: What's life without a dream?
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Connections

Referenced in Nick Nolte: No Exit (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

PUT A LITTLE LOVE IN YOUR HEART
Written by Jackie DeShannon, Jimmy Holiday and Randall Meyers
Performed by Jackie DeShannon
Courtesy of United Artists Records
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Great Book turned into a Great Movie
25 January 1999 | by Robert-87See 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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Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 August 1978 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Who'll Stop the Rain See more »

Filming Locations:

Oakland, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$5,500,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Katzka-Jaffe See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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