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Needed less Michael Moriarty
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.
excellent preformance from Nolte with a top notch creedence soundtrack
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.
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.
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.
Based on the novel, Dog Soldiers, by Robert Stone. Nick Nolte steals the show.
Nick Nolte is great in this psychological drama about drug smuggling and its consequences.
Quite an exciting and fast paced movie..Nolte is superb and his action hero image was probably firmly cemeted with this one....
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.