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June 6, 2015
Needed less Michael Moriarty
½ August 23, 2013
aka Dog Soldiers. Karel Reisz, probably best known for the British classic Saturday Night and Sunday Morning takes the helm of this somewhat hidden doozy that is driven by a powerful Nick Nolte performance. It is stylistically reminiscent of both The Deer Hunter and Coming Home (both made the same year) with its Vietnam backdrop, hit record through lines, difficult love triangles, and expansive locations. Inevitably though, it suffered the fate of obscurity by going head to head with two stronger films with trendier casts and that went on to awards and critical acclaim.
March 28, 2013
excellent preformance from Nolte with a top notch creedence soundtrack
½ November 26, 2012
Karel Reisz follows up "The Gambler" with this remarkable adaptation of Robert Stone's "Dog Soldiers". Nick Nolte stars as a Vietnam vet who agrees to help his friend (Michael Moriarty) smuggle two kilos of heroin back to the States. When thugs (Ray Sharkey & Richard Masur) attempt to steal the heroin upon delivery, Nolte and Moriarty's wife (Tuesday Weld) are forced to go on the run. This is a film not only about the affect of the Vietnam War on America, but of the steady decline of the idealism of the 1960s into cynical self-indulgence. The wonderful supporting cast includes Anthony Zerbe and Charles Haid.
October 17, 2012
Had to watch this for a class sometimes. I remember the ending was a let down and the CCR song just randomly plays throughout the film.
April 24, 2012
pretty aswome song, but Have You Ever Seen the Rain?
January 11, 2011
A film which follows Ray Hicks (Nick Nolte) a merchant marine, whom after some convincing , reluctantly agrees to help his friend bring in two keys of heroin for his friend (Michael Morairty). When Ray Hicks gets into america, he notices that he is being tracked, forcing him to go on the run. Who'll Stop the Rain is a bleak, post Vietnam-based thriller which really does a great job at capturing the feeling during this era, behind a uncompromising performance by Nolte, which is at his best. Its almost a chase movie, as most of the film follows Ray Hicks and his friend's wife, as they are on the run from a corrupt federal agent, whom is trying to hijack the herion. The film doesn't shy away from what the Vietnam war did to a lot of men's souls but it touches on the subject rather subtly. This film has one of the best poetic endings and it really deserves to be mentioned with other great post-vietnam era works.
December 11, 2010
Based on the novel, Dog Soldiers, by Robert Stone. Nick Nolte steals the show.
½ November 16, 2010
Nick Nolte is great in this psychological drama about drug smuggling and its consequences.
July 8, 2010
Quite an exciting and fast paced movie..Nolte is superb and his action hero image was probably firmly cemeted with this one....
½ May 30, 2010
Based on Robert Stone's novel Dog Soldiers, the film is about a man that has lost touch with reality and decides that he is going to start smuggling heroin from Vietnam. Nolte is perfect as the courier of the heroin into America as he kicks ass the whole way threw. Surprisingly the soundtrack is not entirely CCR.
½ March 18, 2010
Good and solid movie. great cast to a simple story, and the outcome is more than decent.
½ February 15, 2010
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.
½ April 11, 2009
One of my favorite movies. Nolte is riveting. Weld is haunting and Moriarty is perfection in this movie.
May 10, 2008
Wow, why haven't I seen this one before!
January 24, 2008
Nick Noltes best IMHO. A tale of a man hell bent on getting his piece of the pie. Set to the backdrop of a time peace, love and war. A great soundtrack to boot!
October 14, 2007
Nick Nolte in perhaps his best performance ever, as an ex-Marine and Vietnam veteran turned merchant seaman, caught in the middle of a large drug deal gone very bad. Nolte and Michael Moriarity's performances ring true; as former soldiers down on their luck try for one last, big score. A rough, in-your-face story about courage, friendship, greed, honour, and redemption. Nolte's world weary character sums up the feel of the movie in one statement.."I promised myself after I got out of the [U.S. Marine] Corps that no asshole would ever tell me what to do again." Awesome soundtrack by Creedance Clearwater Revival. One of my all-time favourites.
September 25, 2007
Robert Stone's brilliant early seventies thriller "dog soldiers" was as lean and sharp as a bayonet, a direct stab at the blood red heart of America's habit for patriotic carnage. The film version, indiscriminately retitled as "Who'll stop the rain" is just as spare and almost as sharp. The central performances by Nick Nolte and the great Tuesday Weld, (One of the few actors who raise the level of the art to that of near genius), more than hold the picture together, they keep it poised on the dangerous edge. Set in the time just after the divisive quagmire that was Vietnam, Nolte plays "Ray Hicks", a stoic, soul-searching drug dealer being pursued by some nasty men he's double crossed. Weld is the woman "along for the ride". Both are well aware the trip is doomed to failure. This self-awareness acts as a melancholy form of empowerment in the wake of what their country has been through. Modern audiences, accustomed to "Die Hards" and "Lethal weapons" may have a difficult time adjusting to both the pace and the realism of the action sequences.
August 8, 2007
A teerific character driven action film that mourns the death of the flower power 60's
July 9, 2007
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!
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