Ride in the Whirlwind

1966

Action / Western

29
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 100%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 65%
IMDb Rating 6.6 10 2527

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Harry Dean Stanton as Blind Dick
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Reviewed by bkoganbing 6 / 10

One quirky western

Cameron Mitchell and Jack Nicholson star in Ride In The Whirlwind as a pair of cowboys who among others like Rupert Crosse and Harry Dean Stanton get some shelter and hospitality from some outlaws. Not knowing these are outlaws fresh from a job Nicholson and Mitchell get caught up in a gun battle with a posse that's in no mood to either listen or take live captives. This is a duly constituted lynch mob.

As Mitchell and Nicholson flee it turns out they're no better or worse than most of us. The sad truth is that they are forced to become outlaws, commit crimes in order to get away from the posse. So they're now outlaws any way you put it.

I suspect that a lot of outlaws became outlaws precisely the way Nicholson and Mitchell did in the early days of the west. The two of them are an interesting pairing with good chemistry. And a great contrast in styles from the old studio system to a newer breed.

Nicholson fans will like seeing Jack in his salad years.

Reviewed by Hullumaja Puffet 7 / 10

Style with Substance

'Ride in the Whirlwind' is second one of the existential westerns Monte Hellman directed, this one was written by Jack Nicholson who also starred in it. It was shot back to back in location of Utah with Hellman's 'The Shooting' also starring Jack Nicholson. 'Ride in the Whirlwind' is much more action packed and traditional western than 'The Shooting', but the philosophical roots are still deep.

Three cowpunchers, Vern (Cameron Mitchell), Wes (Jack Nicholson) and Otis (Tom Filer), accidentally stumble on the hideout of outlaw gang led by Blind Dick (Harry Dean Stanton). The gang had previously robbed the stagecoach and killed its driver. When the trio of unfortunate cowboys show up at their door, neither of the groups want any trouble so the outlaws allow cowboys rest a night at their land. At the morning they find themselves surrounded by vigilante hanging party and the trio of cowboys are mistaken to be part of the outlaw gang. The chase begins. At the wrong place at the wrong time till to the end.

Viewer will get the taste of hopelessness when we see innocent men fleeing from lynch mob who are after blind justice and we never get to rest from the unfairness of the situations they are thrown in. The posse is not there to discuss thing out, they want blood, their own justice. 'Ride in the Whirlwind' is not meant to sentimentalize Wild West, it just expresses the cruel bleakness of frontier. Even when hiding themselves from posse, Wes and Vern start to play checkers out of boredom. Wild West wasn't exactly blazing saddles all the time. It is a tale of loneliness, unfairness and hopelessness.

'Ride in the Whirlwind' does not pack as much tension as 'The Shooting' and it is much straightforward film although its abrupt ending leaves the taste of uncertainty behind. Still, it is very cool acid western that shouldn't disappoint the fans of the genre, Monte Hellman or Jack Nicholson. Style with substance.

Reviewed by Wuchak 6 / 10

Realistic mid-60's Western about justice, retribution, chance and false accusation

Released in 1966 and directed by Monte Hellman from Jack Nicholson's script, "Ride in the Whirlwind" is about three traveling cowhands (Nicholson, Cameron Mitchell & Tom Filer) who are wrongly targeted by vigilantes out to apprehend a gang of murdering robbers. Cutie Millie Perkins has a peripheral role.

The best thing about this barebones independent Western is its mundane realism where it comes across as a docudrama. While it's slow and sometimes dull, the subtext concerning vengeance and mistaken indictment is interesting. When the three protagonists come across a body hanging from a tree at the beginning it's a grim omen of things to come. Nicholson had a great grasp on lifelike Old West discourse. "Ride in the Whirlwind" is pretty much on par with its more surrealistic sister film "The Shooting," which was shot immediately after this one and at the same general locations.

The film runs 82 minutes and was shot in Kanab & Paria, Utah.

GRADE: B-

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