Who'll Stop the Rain


Who'll Stop the Rain

Infobox Film
name = Who'll Stop The Rain


image_size =
caption =
director = Karel Reisz
producer = Herb Jaffe
writer = Robert Stone
narrator =
starring =
music = Laurence Rosenthal
cinematography = Richard H. Kline
editing =
distributor = United Artists
released = 1978
runtime =
country = flagicon|US US
language = English
budget =
preceded_by =
followed_by =
website =
amg_id =
imdb_id = 0078490

"Who'll Stop The Rain" is a 1978 psychological drama film made by Katzka-Jaffe and released by United Artists. It was directed by Karel Reisz and produced by Herb Jaffe and Gabriel Katzka with Sheldon Schrager and Roger Spottiswoode as executive producers. The screenplay was by Robert Stone and Judith Rascoe from Stone's novel "Dog Soldiers". The music score was by Laurence Rosenthal and the cinematography by Richard H. Kline.

The film stars Nick Nolte, Tuesday Weld, and Michael Moriarty with Anthony Zerbe, Richard Masur, Ray Sharkey, Gail Strickland, Charles Haid and David Opatoshu.

Background and production

The film is based on Robert Stone's novel "Dog Soldiers", which had been winner of the National Book Award (US) for fiction in 1975. [http://www.nationalbook.org/nbawinners1970.html] For its original US theatrical release it was re-titled "Who'll Stop the Rain", after the famous song by Creedence Clearwater Revival, which features prominently (along with several other popular CCR tracks) on the film's soundtrack. The film was released as "Dog Soldiers" for release in several foreign territories.

Novelist Robert Stone based the character of Ray Hicks (Nick Nolte) on noted counter-culture figure Neal Cassady, with whom Stone became acquainted through novelist Ken Kesey, a classmate of Stone's in graduate school at Stanford University.

Hicks' death scene on the railroad tracks at the film's conclusion was directly based on Cassady's, which took place along a railroad track outside of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico in 1968. Also, the hippie commune setting, where lights and stereo speakers placed throughout the woods are utilized in Hicks' escape plan, was partially based on Ken Kesey's home in La Honda, California, where Kesey and his friends--known as the Merry Pranksters--famously wired the surrounding woods with lights and sound equipment to enhance their experiments with LSD. Though technically not a commune, Kesey's home was a frequent site for large parties attended by a mixture of literary luminaries such as poet Allen Ginsberg and journalist Hunter S. Thompson, music figures (including Jerry Garcia, whose group The Grateful Dead later became the house band for Kesey's famous Acid Tests), and outlaws, especially members of the infamous Hells Angels motorcycle club. These parties are described intimately in works by Ginsberg and Thompson and in Tom Wolfe's book The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test.

Plot

The film opens in Saigon at the height of the Vietnam War.

John Converse (Michael Moriarty), a disillusioned war correspondent, approaches Ray Hicks (Nick Nolte), a merchant marine sailor and acquaintance of Converse's from back in the US, for help in smuggling a large quantity of heroin from Vietnam to San Francisco, where he will exchange the drugs for payment with Converse's wife Marge (Tuesday Weld), who (unbeknownst to Converse and Hicks) has become addicted to dilaudid. When Hicks discovers that he is being followed by thugs connected either to Converse or his suppliers, he goes on the run with Marge and the heroin, and is eventually pursued by the corrupt DEA agent (Anthony Zerbe) who initially set the deal in motion. As Marge is separated from her supply of prescription drugs, she experiences withdrawal, and Hicks decides to help her wean off her dilaudid addiction by using the heroin. Hicks also attempts to find another buyer for the heroin before his pursuers can catch up to him.

Soundtrack

*Del Reeves - "Philadelphia Fillies"
*Jackie DeShannon - "Put a Little Love in Your Heart"
*Don McLean - "American Pie"
*Slim Whitman - "I'll Step Down"
*Creedence Clearwater Revival - "Hey Tonight"
*Creedence Clearwater Revival - "Who'll Stop the Rain"
*Creedence Clearwater Revival - "Proud Mary"
*The Spencer Davis Group - "Gimme Some Lovin'"
*Hank Snow - "Golden Rocket"

External links

*imdb title|id=0078490|title=Who'll Stop the Rain


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Rain - получить на Академике актуальный промокод на скидку ЮНИЗОО или выгодно rain купить с дисконтом на распродаже в ЮНИЗОО

  • Who'll Stop the Rain — In diesem Artikel oder Abschnitt fehlen folgende wichtige Informationen: Vollständige Handlung Du kannst Wikipedia helfen, indem du sie recherchierst und einfügst …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Who’ll Stop the Rain — In diesem Artikel oder Abschnitt fehlen folgende wichtige Informationen: Vollständige Handlung Du kannst Wikipedia helfen, indem du sie recherchierst und einfügst …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Who'll Stop the Rain — Les Guerriers de l enfer Les guerriers de l enfer (Who ll Stop the Rain) est un film américain réalisé par Karel Reisz en 1978. Sommaire 1 Résumé 2 Fiche technique 3 Distribution 4 …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Who'll Stop the Rain? —    Voir Les Guerriers de l enfer …   Dictionnaire mondial des Films

  • Who'll Stop the Rain (song) — Infobox Single Name = Who ll Stop the Rain Artist = Creedence Clearwater Revival from Album = Cosmo s Factory A side = Travelin Band Released = January, 1970 Genre = Rock Format …   Wikipedia

  • The Rain Tapes — refers to a collection of songs recorded by American singer Madonna in late 1991 and early 1992, during the development of her Erotica album. The songs were written by Madonna, Shep Pettibone and Tony Shimkin, and produced by Madonna and… …   Wikipedia

  • The Rain — est un groupe de rock originaire de Manchester, créé et dissout en 1991, qui deviendra, après quelques mois de concerts au succès mitigé, Oasis. Le nom proviendrait soit d une face B des Beatles, soit du mauvais temps quotidien, caractéristique… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Stop the Clocks — Album par Oasis Sortie 15 novembre 2006 (Japon) 20 novembre 2006 (Europe et Australie) 21 novembre 2006 (États Unis) Enregistrement …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Stop the Clocks (EP) — EP par Oasis Sortie 13 novembre 2006 Enregistrement de 1993 à 1995 Durée 19 min et 44 s Genre …   Wikipédia en Français

  • The Rain — For other uses, see The Rain (disambiguation). The Rain Origin Manchester, England Genres Rock, Britpop, alternative rock Years active 1991 Associated acts …   Wikipedia


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.