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« on: September 22, 2011, 04:29:52 AM »

Much more action filled than the twin, still with little dramatic tension. The actors take good care in being clean-shaven from first scene to last and Millie Perkins seems not be inclined to do without her heavy '60's eye make up. Not entertaining but passable. 7\10

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« Reply #1 on: March 15, 2015, 02:31:13 PM »

This has been reissued (along with THE SHOOTING) on Criterion.

A neglected little classic with one of the most haunting endings ever put on screen.

The transfer is stunning.

Check it out!

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« Reply #2 on: February 28, 2016, 03:04:43 AM »

More or less I concord with the previous posts, not so much about the rating: this gets 6/10 at best. Although the acting, directing and production values are decent, the writing lacks excitement, which (unintentionally) leads to some episodes appearing rather out of place and even surreal (the two playing checkers, for instance).

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« Reply #3 on: October 08, 2017, 07:03:50 AM »

Just watched the Criterion version on TCM the host called it an Acid Western sub genre. I give it a 7/10. Lump it in with The Shooting (1966), El Topo (1971), McCabe & Mrs Miller (1971), The Hired Hand (1971), Kid Blue (1973) Rancho Deluxe (1975), all the way to China 9, Liberty 37 (1978) and you could call Jim Jarmusch's 1996's film Dead Man a modern outlier.




Mad Dog Morgan (1976) never seen it but it may fit too.

Anybody name any others.

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« Reply #4 on: October 08, 2017, 05:00:26 PM »

Just watched the Criterion version on TCM the host called it an Acid Western sub genre. I give it a 7/10. Lump it in with The Shooting (1966), El Topo (1971), McCabe & Mrs Miller (1971), The Hired Hand (1971), Kid Blue (1973) Rancho Deluxe (1975), all the way to China 9, Liberty 37 (1978) and you could call Jim Jarmusch's 1996's film Dead Man a modern outlier.




Mad Dog Morgan (1976) never seen it but it may fit too.

Anybody name any others.


Renegade (Blueberry) (2004) is another I just thought of

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« Reply #5 on: October 10, 2017, 03:59:01 AM »

Adding my thoughts >

Obliged. Anyone for Checkers?

Ride in the Whirlwind is directed by Monte Hellman and written by Jack Nicholson. It stars Nicholson, Cameron Mitchell, Millie Perkins and Dean Stanton. Music is by Robert Jackson Drasnin and cinematography by Gregory Sandor.

Three honest cowboys stop to rest for the night at a cabin occupied by outlaws led by Blind Dick (Stanton). Upon awakening in the morning they find themselves surrounded by a vigilante posse and forced to flee as fugitives…

Filmed back to back with The Shooting in Kanab, Utah, Ride in the Whirlwind has something big to say without actually saying that much!

It's a sombre Western piece that deals in the tragedy brought about by a miscarriage of justice. It also finds Hellman and Nicholson reaching into the belly of the Western mythos and pulling out its guts to reveal a shallow hole of boredom and dirt covered grafters. This works to a large degree by way of the portrayals of weary cowboys (nice subtle performances by Nicholson and Mitchell really help) and the mundane ranch life of a family who are coerced into harbouring the fugitives. The air of authenticity and rich period detail, as well, is highly commendable. However, the laborious pace will annoy many and some actions and scenarios played out are a little hard to swallow. It's a mixed bag but very much a film that Western fans should see though. 7/10

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« Reply #6 on: October 10, 2017, 12:32:50 PM »

I've always preferred Monte Hellman's "The Shooting" which is an underrated cinematic masterpiece, but this is nonetheless a great flick too albeit not on the same exalted echelon.

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« Reply #7 on: October 10, 2017, 01:13:00 PM »

I've always preferred Monte Hellman's "The Shooting" which is an underrated cinematic masterpiece, but this is nonetheless a great flick too albeit not on the same exalted echelon.

I'll have to give The Shooting a second go round I saw a terrible copy.

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« Reply #8 on: October 11, 2017, 05:20:28 AM »

I've always preferred Monte Hellman's "The Shooting" which is an underrated cinematic masterpiece, but this is nonetheless a great flick too albeit not on the same exalted echelon.

Yes, The Shooting is easily the superior film. One of the real unusual films of the genre. But this one here is good too.

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