Who'll Stop the Rain?

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The 1978 Nick Nolte vehicle Who'll Stop the Rain? is given only fair DVD treatment by MGM. Featuring a 1.85:1 non-anamorphic widescreen transfer, the film suffers from much edge enhancement, grain, dirt, and other defects in the picture. Colors are usually bright, though tend to have a softness to them that is not pleasing to the eye. Overall, this transfer is very under par for an MGM release. Audio is presented in Dolby Digital 2.0 (in English and Spanish) and sounds only passing. While the effects, dialogue, ...
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The 1978 Nick Nolte vehicle Who'll Stop the Rain? is given only fair DVD treatment by MGM. Featuring a 1.85:1 non-anamorphic widescreen transfer, the film suffers from much edge enhancement, grain, dirt, and other defects in the picture. Colors are usually bright, though tend to have a softness to them that is not pleasing to the eye. Overall, this transfer is very under par for an MGM release. Audio is presented in Dolby Digital 2.0 (in English and Spanish) and sounds only passing. While the effects, dialogue, and music all sounded clear of distortion, depth and fidelity is strongly lacking. Also included on this disc are English and Spanish subtitles. Who'll Stop the Rain? is given mostly bare-bones treatment, save for a single theatrical trailer tacked on for good measure. Fans of this film will most likely be disappointed in the MGM edition of this late-'70s classic.
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Special Features

Original theatrical trailer
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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: 027616864390
  • Original Release: 1978
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  • Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Mono
  • Sound: monaural
  • Language: English, Español
  • Time: 2:06:00
  • 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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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Title/Credits/Intro [7:28]
2. First Real Thing [7:45]
3. Safe Landing [6:16]
4. Pick-Up [7:08]
5. House Arrest [9:34]
6. Welcome to L.A. [4:34]
7. Homecoming [7:00]
8. Torture [4:53]
9. Deal-Making [2:33]
10. High Life [6:52]
11. Mountain Hideaway [1:32]
12. Trailing [11:26]
13. Negotiation [10:23]
14. Drug War [6:44]
15. Semper Fi [9:49]
16. End Credits [9:08]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Movie
   Scene Selections
   Theatrical Trailer
   Languages
      Spoken Languages: English
      Spoken Languages: Español
      Subtitles: Français
      Subtitles: Español
      Subtitles: None
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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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