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Who'll Stop the Rain (1978)

Vietnam veteran Ray Hicks gets conned into helping his buddy John Converse smuggle some heroin, only to wind up on the lam with John's wife when the deal goes sour.

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Eddie Peace
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Angel (as Joaquin Martinez)
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Timothy Blake ...
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Janey
Jean Howell ...
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Galindez (as Jose Carlos Ruiz)
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Vietnam veteran Ray Hicks gets conned into helping his buddy John Converse smuggle some heroin, only to wind up on the lam with John's wife when the deal goes sour. Written by Alan Sepinwall <sepinwal@mail.sas.upenn.edu>

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Try to rip him off and he'll rip you apart! See more »


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8 September 1978 (West Germany)  »

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Dog Soldiers  »

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Novelist Robert Stone based the central character of Ray Hicks, played in the film by Nick Nolte, on Beat writer Neal Cassady. Stone knew him via fellow writer Ken Kesey who was a Stanford University alumni of Stone's. See more »

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Ray Hicks: You can't deal with people in this outrageous fucking manner.
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Referenced in Nick Nolte: No Exit (2008) See more »

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GOLDEN ROCKET
Written and Performed by Hank Snow
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Powerful Story
19 July 2002 | by See all my reviews

A remarkable performance from Nick Nolte. It makes you wonder why he hasn't achieved greater status than he has. His performance as Ray Hicks in this movie is just overpowering. An intelligent, highly-capable, although somewhat anti-social man who has been sneered at and kicked on one too many times. He is a true "Dog Soldier", and has not ever had anything easy in his life. His is a life of hard knocks and hard roads, and he doesn't shy away from either.

He exhibits his rock-solid beliefs in old-school virtues, such as, loyalty, true friendship and caring, and defending the people you care about with your life. A truly remarkable film, and a truly remarkable performance by Nolte. Nolte simply dominates every scene he's in.


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