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Ride in the Whirlwind (1966)

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Three cowboys, mistaken for members of an outlaw gang, are relentlessly pursued by a posse.

Director:

Monte Hellman

Writer:

Jack Nicholson
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cameron Mitchell ... Vern
Millie Perkins ... Abigail
Jack Nicholson ... Wes
Katherine Squire Katherine Squire ... Catherine
George Mitchell ... Evan
Rupert Crosse Rupert Crosse ... Indian Joe
Harry Dean Stanton ... Blind Dick (as Dean Stanton)
John Hackett John Hackett ... Winslow
Tom Filer Tom Filer ... Otis
B.J. Merholz B.J. Merholz ... Edgar
Brandon Carroll Brandon Carroll ... Quint Mapes
Peter Cannon Peter Cannon ... Hagerman
William A. Keller William A. Keller ... Roy
Neil Summers ... Ward (as Neil Summer)
James Campbell James Campbell
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Wes, Vern and Otis are three cowhands on the way to a cattle drive. Coming upon what is to be an omen of their future... an outlaw hung by a group of vigilantes...the trio finds shelter at a cabin, only to discover that their "hosts" are men who have robbed a stagecoach and killed the guard. When an avenging posse attacks the cabin, Wes and Vern escape, only to find that they have become branded as 'outlaws' by the posse, who relentlessly pursue them. Written by alfiehitchie

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ride with the Easy Rider into an action whirlwind.

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 September 1968 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

A través del huracán See more »

Filming Locations:

Fredonia, Arizona, USA See more »

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Budget:

$70,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastman Color)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Was written by Jack Nicholson. See more »

Goofs

Right before saying he lost his spurs, Wes (Jack Nicholson) is shown carrying them, then not carrying them (and the spurs are nowhere in sight as he is not wearing them either), then carrying them again, then being shot at and dropping them. See more »

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Wes: This is the 'less work I done on a weekday since I was 4, 'less I was sick.
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No romantic adventure, but a struggle for survival
10 January 2006 | by matchettjaSee all my reviews

If you are looking for a romantic Western with traditional good guys battling against the forces of evil, then you have come to the wrong place. There are no heroes and no villains, just ordinary men and women struggling against the elements for survival. No one has an easy life, neither homesteader nor outlaw. The drudgery of the former is shown by the farmer hacking away endlessly at the stubborn stump that refuses to give up its hold. The folly of the latter comes into focus when the vigilante posse catches up with its quarry. Knowing that a life of punching cows will get them nowhere, three cowboys, played excellently by Jack Nicholson, Cameron Mitchell and Tom Filer, briefly consider joining up with the outlaw gang they've been forced to spend the night with. Not having the outlaw nature, the cowboys reject that option and determine that they best separate themselves at first light. However, by then it is too late. The vigilantes have both the outlaws and them surrounded and open fire. If they surrender, they will be hanged, no questions asked. If they try to ride out, they will be shot down. They can only climb out of the valley up the mountains, leaving their horses behind. However, as stated by one of the cowboys, it is no country to be set afoot. Thus, their enemy becomes not only the men tracking them down but also the harsh environment into which they are thrust and must overcome. That struggle is the essence of what this marvelous film is all about.


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