Who’ll Stop the Rain

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Who’ll Stop the Rain
Karel Reisz, 1978
USA | English | 126 minutes

A late-decade peak in Seventies broken dreams came with this sleepless adaptation of Robert Stone’s celebrated novel Dog Soldiers. Dazed Vietnam journalist John Converse (Michael Moriarty) finally crosses the line (or shuffles across it) by giving heroin dealing a shot; his buddy, Marines burnout Ray (Nick Nolte), smuggles the package to John’s bookstore-minding wife Marge (Weld). But bickering narcs send them fleeing into the wilderness and out to a sun-scorched hippie redoubt, while the narcotics send Marge reeling. Converse: “I’ve been waiting all my life to f*ck up like this.”

Series: American Girl: Tuesday Weld

Venue: Walter Reade Theater

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