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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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A week ago they were strangers. An hour ago they were lovers. Now they are targets. 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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Katzka-Jaffe See more »
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Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

It is often believed that film's title was changed from "Dog Soldiers" so as not to be confused with the similarly titled novel of The Dogs of War (1980) by Frederick Forsyth which got made and released as a movie a couple of years later. However, the producers changed the title when they acquired the rights to use the song "Who'll Stop the Rain". The film was still released though as "Dog Soldiers" in a number of foreign territories. See more »

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John Converse: You see, in a world where elephants are pursued by flying men, people are just naturally going to want to get high.
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Referenced in True Romance (1993) See more »

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I'LL STEP DOWN
Performed by Slim Whitman
Courtesy of United Artists Records
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Incredible film

Who'll Stop The Rain is a sadly forgotten Nam era film that deftly blends genre better than most movies can ever hope to. The level of quality ratio to the amount of people who remember it is criminally unbalanced, but that's commonplace in cinema. The title comes from the Creedence Clearwater Revival song of the same name, serving as both a metaphor in itself and a theme for the film, an anti war outcry that warbles forth beautifully at least five different times during the movie, becoming the script's national anthem. Plus,who can say no to CCR on loop. It's actually one of the best and most fervent anti war films out there, showing you an extended look at just how many ways the Vietnam War followed soldiers home and infected many customs, institutions and individuals. That kind of important sentiment wrapped up in a thriller is the kind of package I strive to find in film, and this is a glowing example. Nick Nolte plays Ray Hicks, an American GI getting ready to head back stateside after a tour. His best buddy John Converse (Michael Moriarty) convinces him to smuggle a brick of hash back with him and deliver it to his wife (Tuesday Weld). Only problem is, that ain't where it ends. The people John was in contact with turn out to be a dodgy bunch, and before Ray knows it he's o the run from some very dangerous dudes with his best buddy's wife in tow, headed straight for a violent confrontation via a slow burn of a plot that sits on a low boil before you realized it's reached a fever pitch. Nolte and Weld are a corrosive romantic couple, making the downbeat best of their situation, evading two nasty drug runners (Anthony Zerbe and Richard Masur being scary and classy as hell) and getting a feel for each other along the way. Thriller. Drama. War. Moral dilemma. This one's got it all, in a very specific concoction that never forces anything and treats you to more than it ever promised, before you have the chance to realize it. All timer stuff.


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