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Who'll Stop the Rain?

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Thoroughly disillusioned by the Vietnam War, John, a journalist Michael Moriarty, turns to heroin smuggling. Acting as John's go-between is the equally burnt-out Ray Nick Nolte, who delivers the narcotics stateside to the journalist's wife, Marge Tuesday Weld. Soon, however, Ray and Marge are on the lam, chased down by the minions of crooked narcotics agent Antheil Anthony Zerbe. Who'll Stop the Rain? was based on Robert Stone's award-winning novel Dog Soldiers.
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Overview

Thoroughly disillusioned by the Vietnam War, John, a journalist Michael Moriarty, turns to heroin smuggling. Acting as John's go-between is the equally burnt-out Ray Nick Nolte, who delivers the narcotics stateside to the journalist's wife, Marge Tuesday Weld. Soon, however, Ray and Marge are on the lam, chased down by the minions of crooked narcotics agent Antheil Anthony Zerbe. Who'll Stop the Rain? was based on Robert Stone's award-winning novel Dog Soldiers.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Michael Costello
Karel Reisz's adaptation of Robert Stone's award-winning novel Dog Soldiers is a brilliantly harrowing take on the effects of the hazy moral universe created by the Vietnam War. Nick Nolte stars as a jaded merchant marine vet at the end of his Vietnam hitch who agrees to smuggle two kilos of heroin into the States for equally cynical photojournalist Michael Moriarty. Released only a couple of years after the war's end, the film may have been too bitter a pill for audiences of the time to swallow, and it's since been unjustly neglected. So many things go wrong here for the credulous Nolte that if the stakes weren't so high or the atmosphere so poisoned by greed it could be played as a comedy of errors. He may be flawed, but when events drag he and Moriarity's bewildered wife Tuesday Weld into a nightmarish world peopled by corrupt federal agents and desperate skag addicts, it's not difficult to sympathize with Nolte's reflexive response that he's back in Vietnam. In fact, all of Stone's characters are so complex and well-written that it's impossible not to be engrossed by their behavior, however repellent. The abandoned commune at which the film's explosive, coruscating finale takes place is an apt image for the period's loss of faith. In a long and illustrious career, Nolte has never been better than he is here as the betrayed vet, and he's complemented by a superb cast, among whom Charles Haid especially stands out.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/10/2001
  • UPC: 883904128274
  • Original Release: 1978
  • Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Nick Nolte Ray Hicks
Tuesday Weld Marge Converse
Michael Moriarty John Converse
Anthony Zerbe Antheil
Richard Masur Danskin
Ray Sharkey Smitty
Gail Strickland Chairman
Charles Haid Eddy
David Opatoshu Bender
Wings Hauser Marine Driver
Technical Credits
Karel Reisz Director
John Bloom Editor
John Fogerty Songwriter
Herb Jaffe Producer
Gabriel Katzka Producer
Richard H. Kline Cinematographer
Judith Rascoe Screenwriter
Laurence Rosenthal Score Composer
Robert Stone Screenwriter
William Theiss Costumes/Costume Designer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The best movie about Vietnam

    Although this movie looks at the Vietnam War obliquely, it is nevertheless a film of great power. The acting is superb, and the ending is unforgettable. The movie shows us how lives far from the battlefield are affected by war.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2000

    The best drug movie of the 70's

    This is a fabulous film that I enjoy watching again and again. Combines the philosophy of Nietzsche with the semper fi doctrine of the marines. Love it; it defines a time in American history. Brilliant characterizations throughout.

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