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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 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
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Storyline

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:

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This film is part of the Criterion Collection, spine #735. See more »

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In the first shot of the film, Joe appears on the left side of the screen and Dick on the right, both seen from their back. The subsequent long shot, from the front, shows them switched. 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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Intense Entertainment
4 November 2009 | by FightingWesternerSee all my reviews

Innocent cowboys, including Cameron Mitchell and Jack Nicholson, stop for food and rest at a cabin that unknown to them, is the hideout for a group of outlaws.

Soon they find themselves on the run from a vicious hanging party and having to take teenage Millie Perkins and her family hostage in order to buy themselves some time.

Good performances, direction by Monte Hellman, and an unbelievably tense script by Jack Nicholson help make this a thriller worth watching.

The finale is absolutely heart-wrenching!

A great independent western filmed simultaneously with The Shooting (also with Nicholson and Perkins), this is considered the lesser of the two, though not by much. Both films are fantastic.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 September 1968 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Ride in the Whirlwind 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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