Who'll Stop the Rain (1978)

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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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The movie works mostly because it's so well told on the narrative level.

Jun 15, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

A remarkably faithful and astute adaptation of a strong novel, the film condenses Stone's book, which won the National Book Award for fiction in 1975, without doing irreparable damage to its story, principal characters or larger meanings.

Apr 30, 2018 | Full Review…

Anchored by great turns from Moriarty, Nolte and Tuesday Weld, Reisz version of Stone's book is one of the most intriguing films about Vietnam, at once a tale about a paricularly divisive war and a parable about moral chaos and personal disintegration.

Jul 27, 2009 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Nolte finds his groove as the anti-hero roughneck.

Jun 18, 2009 | Rating: B | Full Review…

A complicated morality play about the Vietnam war and its lingering after-effects.

Jan 24, 2004 | Full Review…

A tough and thoughtful thriller, marked by a terrific Nolte performance.

Jan 9, 2003 | Rating: 4/5

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