Who'll Stop the Rain

1978

Action / Crime / Drama / Thriller / War

11
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 71%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 63%
IMDb Rating 6.8 10 2141

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Nick Nolte as Ray Hicks
Jonathan Banks as Marine
Tuesday Weld as Marge Converse
Richard Masur as Danskin
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Mark Turner 7 / 10

Deadly Return Home

The end of the Vietnam War brought with it the baggage that those involved brought home with them to the shores of the US. Soldiers who had gone off as innocent young men returned hardened by their experiences having seen and gone through more than one should expect of a person. Those experiences were rife with stories that could be used in novels and films and both became a staple at the time. A book called DOG SOLDIERS by Robert Stone found its way to the screen in 1978 as WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN.

John Converse (Michael Moriarty) is a war correspondent in Vietnam battle shocked and scarred inside by his experiences. His moral compass tilted from his time there he talks old friend Ray Hicks (Nick Nolte) into smuggling a brick of heroin back home. When he gets there Converse' wife Marge (Tuesday Weld) will pay him and the deal will be completed.

But as with most stories things don't always go as planned. To begin with both Converse and Hicks had no idea that Marge has become addicted to Dilaudid making her judgements not the best. She also has no idea that Hicks is bringing this package and thus no money to give him in return. In addition to that the men Converse set the deal up with are not nearly as reputable as he would have thought.

His nave decision to band with these men results in their attempt to take the drugs from Marge and leave her dead in their wake. They had never counted on Hicks being there and he stops them, leaving them tied up in her house as he and Marge hit the road, drugs in hand. The thugs eventually get free and contact the man behind it all, a corrupt DEA agents named Antheil (Anthony Zerbe). The trio set out to recover the drugs and kill both Hicks and Marge.

The pursued couple hole up in a location Hicks has to decide what to do when Marge begins to go through withdrawal. Hicks uses a portion of the heroin to wean her off her dependence and as the days pass the couple get to know one another and the potential for romance blossoms.

With few options and knowing the men will stop at nothing to get the drugs, Hicks forms a plan. It's risky and there's no clue who will come out of this alive. It is the last hope for both him and Marge and he's willing to take it.

The movie could play out as a simple melodrama but instead with the background of the war combined with the drug smuggling we end up with a movie all on its own, not quite easily pegged as one genre or another. More than anything it's a story about people, who they are, how they act, how they change and where they can go if given the option.

So many movies based on Vietnam vets revolved around their return to home and various forms of PTSD. Some had them broken physically and mentally (COMING HOME) while others showed them as too violent to contain (RAMBO). This movie opts for a more realistic approach and in so doing forms the story into both an anti-war film and a human drama. The war may have destroyed the moral compass of some such as Converse who is willing to sell drugs but it also shows an anti-hero in Hicks who may be complicit in the transaction but still retains enough morality to try and save an innocent woman.

The two main actors in the film, Nolte and Weld, do an amazing job here. Nolte had already proven himself dynamic actor in his earlier films but here shows a mixture of a tough guy who knows how to handle a situation he is thrown in and at the same time sensitive enough to handle the needs of someone in pain. Weld, who had started her career as a girl next door type, shows here that she has more acting chops than many would have thought she possessed. When the two are onscreen together they bring the story to life and that's a satisfying accomplishment making this a movie worth seeking out.

Twilight Time has done their usual job of releasing the film with the best picture quality possible. Extras are limited as with most of their titles and include an isolated music track, a short with supervising editor John Bloom talking about the film and the original theatrical trailer. As with all of their titles this is limited to just 3,000 copies so if interested you'll want to pick one up right away.

Reviewed by PimpinAinttEasy 8 / 10

A great rural action flick

A great rural action flick with a terrific soundtrack (the action scene to Credence Clearwater Revival's "Hey Tonight" was brilliant). Nick Nolte was tough as nails and fighting fit. A truly wonderful actor. Tuesday Weld as the pill popping mom looked cute. I don't know what to think about her character. Was it a commentary on the hedonism of the 60s and the 70s when bored young mothers abandoned their familial responsibilities and let their hair down?

I knew I had seen Michael Moriarty somewhere. He was in BANG THE DRUM SLOWLY as well. He plays a tough and corrupt character and was not easily recognizable.

This film is up there with MR.MAJESTYK, THE DEVIL'S REJECTS and CHARLEY VARRICK as one of the best rural action flicks. I liked many of the grand vistas and dusty roads presented in the film. Really curious about the book now.

(8/10)

Reviewed by NateWatchesCoolMovies 9 / 10

Incredible film

Who'll Stop The Rain is a sadly forgotten Nam era film that deftly blends genre better than most movies can ever hope to. The level of quality ratio to the amount of people who remember it is criminally unbalanced, but that's commonplace in cinema. The title comes from the Creedence Clearwater Revival song of the same name, serving as both a metaphor in itself and a theme for the film, an anti war outcry that warbles forth beautifully at least five different times during the movie, becoming the script's national anthem. Plus,who can say no to CCR on loop. It's actually one of the best and most fervent anti war films out there, showing you an extended look at just how many ways the Vietnam War followed soldiers home and infected many customs, institutions and individuals. That kind of important sentiment wrapped up in a thriller is the kind of package I strive to find in film, and this is a glowing example. Nick Nolte plays Ray Hicks, an American GI getting ready to head back stateside after a tour. His best buddy John Converse (Michael Moriarty) convinces him to smuggle a brick of hash back with him and deliver it to his wife (Tuesday Weld). Only problem is, that ain't where it ends. The people John was in contact with turn out to be a dodgy bunch, and before Ray knows it he's o the run from some very dangerous dudes with his best buddy's wife in tow, headed straight for a violent confrontation via a slow burn of a plot that sits on a low boil before you realized it's reached a fever pitch. Nolte and Weld are a corrosive romantic couple, making the downbeat best of their situation, evading two nasty drug runners (Anthony Zerbe and Richard Masur being scary and classy as hell) and getting a feel for each other along the way. Thriller. Drama. War. Moral dilemma. This one's got it all, in a very specific concoction that never forces anything and treats you to more than it ever promised, before you have the chance to realize it. All timer stuff.

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