WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN? (Movie)

8/9/1978 Wednesday. 125 minutes.
United Artists.
aka: Dog Soldiers.
Drama.
Code: WSR 8/1978

PLOT

A journalist/photographer traumatized by Vietnam War mayhem decides to smuggle heroin to the US, which gets his wife and friend involved with gangsters.

CREDITS

Writers: Judith Roscoe, Robert Stone.
Director: Karel Reisz.

CAST

Nick Nolte as Ray Hicks
Tuesday Weld as Marge Converse
Michael Moriarty as John Converse
Anthony Zerbe.as Antheil
Richard Masur as Danskin
Ray Sharkey as Smitty
Jonathan Banks as Marine (unnamed) in jeep transporting journalist. Listed 19th of 25.

CHARACTER

This Marine is a bit weird and crazy, acclimatized to the war. May be putting on a bit of an act for the reporter. Asks to see his camera, plays with it.

COSTUME

The eternal problem of war films is how to get a bunch of guys in uniform to look different. JB is wearing a macrame and bead necklace with his Marine combat fatigues and has a pack of Camels tucked into the band of his helmet.

CRITICS

Los Angeles Times, 8/21/1978, sec.IV, p.1.

New York Times, 11/6/1978, p.54.

Variety, 5/24/1978.

LINES

"You know what I think about? I think about catching myself a little sapper girl and fuckin' her to death. I'm a vicious freak."

"Yeah, it's (the war) weird, man. We're not supposed to talk about it."

LOCATION

Filmed in Mexico.

SCREEN TIME

45 seconds in 1 scene, 10 minutes into film.

WORKED WITH

Charles Haid (HSBS/HSBB 4/1983)
Nick Nolte (48H 12/1982)
Ray Sharkey (WG 9/1987 episodes 1-9, WG episode 33)