It Rained All Night the Day I Left

It Rained All Night the Day I Left is a comedy film made in 1978 but not theatrically released until 1980.[1] Directed by Nicolas Gessner, the film was a co-production of film studios from Canada, France and Israel.[2]

It Rained All Night the Day I Left
Directed byNicolas Gessner
Produced byClaude Giroux
Claude Léger
Shlomo Mugrabi
Written byTed Allan
Pierre Pelegri
Richard Winckler
Music byAlain Leroux
CinematographyRichard Ciupka
Edited byYves Langlois
Release date
Running time
100 minutes

The film stars Tony Curtis and Louis Gossett, Jr. as two gun-runners making a trip through the desert to transport guns for The Colonel (Sally Kellerman). The film's cast also includes John Vernon and Lisa Langlois.

The film was released theatrically in Europe, both in its original English and in a dubbed French version titled Deux affreux sur le sable.[2] It received no theatrical release in North America, instead airing as a television film on CTV in 1982.[2]

Gossett's role had originally been slated to be performed by Billy Dee Williams.[3]

Kellerman later dismissed her performance in the film, telling the press that "I always say that I was solidly mediocre and everybody else stunk."[4]

Awards and nominations

The film garnered four Genie Award nominations at the 1st Genie Awards in 1980:[5]

It did not win any of the awards.


  1. "It Rained All Night the Day I Left". Cinémathèque Québécoise.
  2. "It Rained All Night the Day I Left". Library and Archives Canada Canadian Feature Film Database, May 13, 2010.
  3. "Shooting star". The Globe and Mail, October 14, 1978.
  4. "Actress conquers screen challenge: love scenes with Rodney Dangerfield". Ottawa Citizen, June 24, 1986.
  5. "Changeling leads Canadian Film Award nominees". The Globe and Mail, February 8, 1980.

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