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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

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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

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Color (Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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The movie's "Who'll Stop the Rain" title refers to the name of a song featured in the film. The song was written by John Fogerty and performed by Creedence Clearwater Revival and was first released in 1970. It was already a well-know contemporary classic. See more »

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Marge Converse: Why did you carry for John?
Ray Hicks: Because he asked me to. I don't always have to have a reason for the shit I do.
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PROUD MARY
Written by John Fogerty
Performed by Creedence Clearwater Revival
Courtesy of Fantasy Records
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No dog
5 February 2000 | by Gary-161See all my reviews

Criticised for it's amorality and drug use I personally can see Dog Soldiers as nothing else than an anti-drugs film. The heroin that caused such misery and death ends up in the sand by choice. Sickened and disillusioned after Nam, Converse, played brilliantly by Micheal Moriaty virtually blackmails his friend Ray Hicks into smuggling in some Heroin in a cynical what-the-hell gesture against the world. His wife is already hooked on prescription drugs and eventually goes on the heroin. He is out of his league and is forced by corrupt policemen to hunt down Hicks and his wife after they go on the run with the smack. Hicks is a violent man, recently turned on to Nietchze by Converse who considers Hicks a psychopath and is through "taking sh*t from inferior people", vowing destruction on anyone who takes him on. Falling in love with the girl Hick's reveals a surprising tenderness in looking after her. The Converses are seemingly indifferent to Hicks until they realise too late the unexpected Christian sacrifice he makes on their behalf although they wronged him and were unworthy of it.

Nolte, an actor allegedly as eccentric as his fictional character, gives a

multi-faceted and compelling performance as the alienated Hicks. The powerful ending and gesture by the man gives hope and suggests that ultimately friendship is the one true gift one can give to another outside the cynical buying and selling of people as represented by the heroin. Some uneven pacing is the only flaw in an adult, gripping, unusual and often witty American classic.


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