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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 »
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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 producers were lukewarm about casting Nick Nolte at first, instead preferring the more bankable Kris Kristofferson. Director Karel Reisz fought to get Nolte on board, having been impressed by seeing him in action on Rich Man, Poor Man (1976). See more »

Quotes

Ray Hicks: It belongs to whoever controls it.
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Referenced in Nick Nolte: No Exit (2008) See more »

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PHILADELPHIA FILLIES
Performed by Del Reeves
Courtesy of United Artists Records
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Easily the best Nick Nolte performance
3 July 2004 | by yawn-2See all my reviews

This is a small masterpiece and perhaps the best film to come out of the whole Vietnam War experience, perfectly reflecting the drug-addled, hyper-cynical and soulless days at the end of the 60's, when we all realized that it wasn't going to be alright.

If you like Nolte, you must see this. If you loath Nolte to the very depth of your being, you need to see it even more. His energy here would fill a dozen lesser films - only the remarkable supporting cast keeps him from single-handedly burning the movie down.

A huge number of American films from this period are massively overrated. Not this one.


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