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Following the success of The Deep, in which he costarred with Jacqueline Bisset's wet T-shirt, Nick Nolte gummed up the star-maker machinery by recasting himself from sex symbol to commanding character actor with this unrelentingly bleak, fatalistic post-Vietnam thriller based on Robert Stone's book Dog Soldiers. Nolte gives a ferocious performance as Ray Hicks, a Nietzche-reading merchant marine who reluctantly agrees to carry into the United States two keys of heroin for his friend, John Converse (a superb Michael Moriarty), a disillusioned journalist. Ray and John are "way out of their league," as a corrupt narcotics agent (Anthony Zerbe) sends two goons (the late, great Ray Sharkey, and Richard Masur, cast against type as a scuzzy psychopath) to hijack the heroin. Ray is forced to go on the run with John's anguished, pill-popping wife (Tuesday Weld in one of her best performances). A buried treasure, this is the kind of intense and uncompromising film that Nolte appeared in later in his notoriously roller-coaster career. --Donald Liebenson

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Widescreen

Cast

Nick NolteRay Hicks
Tuesday WeldMarge Converse
Michael MoriartyJohn Converse
Anthony ZerbeAntheil
Richard MasurDanskin
Gail StricklandCharmian
Charles HaidEddie Peace
Joaquín MartínezAngel
Wings HauserMarine Driver
Jonathan BanksMarine

  • Genre: Drama Movies
  • Director: Karel Reisz
  • Producer: MGM/UA
  • Length: 126 min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaAug 1, 1978
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
    AustraliaM
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaJul 10, 2001
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