Who'll Stop the Rain (1978) - Rotten Tomatoes

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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Nick Nolte
as Ray Hicks
Tuesday Weld
as Marge Converse
Michael Moriarty
as John Converse
Wings Hauser
as Marine Driver
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Critic Reviews for Who'll Stop the Rain

All Critics (7)

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.

Full Review… | July 27, 2009

Nolte finds his groove as the anti-hero roughneck.

Full Review… | June 18, 2009
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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

Full Review… | January 24, 2004
Spirituality and Practice

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

January 9, 2003
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Fantastic drama/thriller that you may never have heard of.

August 21, 2001
Apollo Guide

Audience Reviews for Who'll Stop the Rain


UNDERRATED. Gritty, realistic and the "story" of what happens/happened to those who "gave all" and what they had to do to "make it". Nolte does a great job in this one. Not a true "Vietnam" film as much as it is a "story", a believable one at that, which portrays the good, bad, and ugly of society during this era.

Jay Burgee
Jay Burgee

One of my favorite movies. Nolte is riveting. Weld is haunting and Moriarty is perfection in this movie.

Sheppard Salter
Sheppard Salter

A gem of a film! This tense crime drama features Nolte on the run from a corrupt cop and a pair of criminals. The performances are pitch perfect, especially from Nolte, and the tone is gritty and realistic. In addition, the climax is very suspenseful and caps the film perfectly. It's not perfect - it drags in the opening sequences - but it is shamefully ignored and under appreciated!

David Schwenker
David Schwenker

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