Ride in the Whirlwind

Ride in the Whirlwind

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Director: Monte Hellman

Cast: Cameron Mitchell, Jack Nicholson, Tom Filer

     
 
Filmed simultaneously in the Utah desert with Monte Hellman's other revisionist cult classic Western The Shooting (1966), Ride in the Whirlwind is notable for its dusty authenticity, its straightforward and compelling plot and characters, and for the fact that Jack Nicholson co-produced, wrote, and starred in the film. VCI's disc of this film is great,

Overview

Filmed simultaneously in the Utah desert with Monte Hellman's other revisionist cult classic Western The Shooting (1966), Ride in the Whirlwind is notable for its dusty authenticity, its straightforward and compelling plot and characters, and for the fact that Jack Nicholson co-produced, wrote, and starred in the film. VCI's disc of this film is great, as it resurrects and restores the picture to its proper glory. For years the print for this film on VHS looked washed-out, grainy, and in need of a major clean-up. It's finally received one. The colors are a lot more vibrant and the picture has been properly letterboxed at 1.85:1. The Dolby Digital Mono soundtrack is a bit shrill at times, but definitely an improvement over previous incarnations. The DVD also includes an audio commentary with director Hellman and actress Millie Perkins, who plays a naïve farm girl. Moderated by Dennis Bartok (programmer from the American Cinematheque), the track focuses mostly on the filming and preparation surrounding this film. Hellman purposely steers clear of giving any detailed background info on the making of his two cult classics, since his commentary track for The Shooting (also released by VCI) covers that ground. There are occasional pauses in the commentary, but for the most part the track is informative and entertaining. The DVD also includes a photo gallery, cast and crew bios, and trailers for both Hellman Westerns and for his later film Cockfighter.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Derek Hill
Filmed simultaneously with The Shooting in the fall of 1966, Ride in the Whirlwind is one of Monte Hellman's most elegiac, haunting, and ultimately most satisfying and extraordinary films. It's also one of the finest darn Westerns ever made. Much of the film's success should also go to actor/screenwriter Jack Nicholson's script, which is rich with almost fetishistic detail for frontier life. Nicholson reportedly spent considerable time doing research by reading journals of Old West pioneers. Unlike Hellman's equally brilliant The Shooting, Whirlwind forsakes the former film's existential and surreal approach to the Western with a low-key, deceitfully straightforward narrative. The film's power resides in the minute details of frontier life. Whether it's watching the three hapless cowboys uncomfortably drink whiskey with the gang of bandits inside the claustrophobic cabin, or the frontier homesteaders going through their mundane rituals of survival, the film offers a credible take on what life may have been like in the late-1800s. The performances are all excellent, especially Cameron Mitchell as the inarticulate cowboy desperately trying to make sense of an increasingly grim situation. Nicholson's great as well, even though he's saddled with a far less showy role than he had in The Shooting. The film also paints a harsh look at the prevalence of vigilantism in the West, and how fear and the ruthlessness of the so-called law both tamed and tyrannized a land forged by violence.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/24/2000
UPC:
0089859823022
Original Release:
1967
Rating:
NR
Source:
Vci Video
Region Code:
0
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital]
Time:
1:22:00

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Chapters
0. Chapters
1. Opening Credits [6:41]
2. Three Riders [9:28]
3. No Trouble [6:58]
4. Wake Up Call [8:33]
5. No Escape [9:35]
6. A Place To Hide [10:50]
7. "We ain't outlaws" [8:37]
8. "Wrong thing to do" [3:55]
9. Checkers [5:32]
10. The Posse [4:56]
11. Final Stand [6:33]
12. Closing Credits [:15]

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Ride in the Whirlwind 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
SOME DEAD SPOTS, BUT AS WESTERNS GO, NOT THAT BAD. JACK'S CO-STAR'S THE WEAK LINK HERE. ALONG WITH 'THE SHOOTING', AN ADMIRABLE, SOMEWHAT SUCCESSFUL ATTEMPT AT DESTROYING SHODDY, CORNY, GOOD-GUY WESTERNS OF THE BIG STUDIOS. THE STARK REALISM COMES FROM THE DELIBERATE PACING, PUTTING YOU, ALONG W/ THE CHARACTERS, IN AN UNEASY MOOD.