Who’ll Stop the Rain

Screening on Film
Directed by Karel Reisz.
With Nick Nolte, Michael Moriarty, Tuesday Weld.
US, 1978, 35mm, color, 125 min.

Based on Robert Stone’s classic novel Dog Soldiers, about the moral and psychological consequences of the Vietnam War, Who’ll Stop the Rain follows a jaundiced war correspondent (Moriarty) and his ex-Marine buddy (Nolte) from the battlefields of Vietnam back to counterculture Berkeley, where their plot to smuggle heroin into the States sours into bloodshed and ruin. Set amongst the cultural icons of a dying drug and hippie culture in 1971, the film exacts a complex performance from Nolte, whom Newsweek’s David Ansen described as “a fascinating mixture of raw physical power, courage, and pathology.”

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