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Worse than watching paint dry.
Never seen this picture and hope that TCM never shows it again. Toooooo slow big time. Acting bad. Was this movie made too lose money and thus save on taxes?
Exceptional Movie, Exceptional Western
Hadn't heard of or seen this movie until 52 years after it's 1st screening. Wonder where I was, Mars? This is a great western and a great movie. Outstanding presentation, scenery and acting. It is heavy but a very possible story line. I tired of Hollywood westerns and their usual misrepresentation years ago: clothes out of a Saville Row tailor shop, 'heroic' cowboys who took off into the wilderness with no heavy coat, no heavy head gear, one thin blanket, a canteen of water for an 1100 lbs. horse and 180 lbs. cowboy and scant food and reminds me of John Wayne's heroic efforts in WWII. (Ho, ho, ho!). Great movie. A bit surprised that Jack Nicholson was such a fine actor in non insanity roles.
yeah..we can handle the truth.
before he became one of the most successful screen actors of his generation.. he was a young guy who was on the make and hungry for that big moment. this was not the moment.. but because jack Nicholson wrote and starred in it..it gave him the opportunity to move along to it. he wrote an earthy ..almost dream like story for a small budget film. even if this did not get the chance to be originally seen by majority movie goers and critics.. in the time it was made.. I am sure it fueled him to become way more successful than not. ambition grows when being held back.it grows even more when one opportunity is cutoff and suddenly provided somewhere else. he played chess and won. not an accident that he went on his run after making this. I am sure the behind the scenes stuff.. involving plans that dealt with what would get him and others to where they wanted to go career wise.. make this a part of film history. now ..he is an older man.. a king.. if you want to call him that. now he might be known for things that have nothing to do with film. but this movie.. small.. quirky.. shows a man willing to make his bones and move forward.it deserves a little respect because he did business.
ride in the whirlwind
- kevin sellers
As the 1960s advanced the Western genre, in an attempt to stay relevant in the Vietnam era, became progressively (or regressively, depending on your cultural politics) darker and bleaker, with the films of Peckinpah and Leone the prime examples. This film is very much in that dystopian tradition and in its look and feel is redolent of early Peckinpah, particularly "Ride The High Country" (i.e. the lonely, hardscrabble farm family with the strict father and nubile daughter; the death of the film's most decent character in the end so the less decent can escape; the scummy outlaw gang as the equivalent to the grubby Hammond Boys). Director Monte Hellman and co star/screenwriter Jack Nicholson (who, on the basis of this movie, could have been a most successful Hollywood scribe had he chosen to go that route) establish a tense, uneasy mood right off the bat and it is well sustained throughout the one hour and twenty minute running time, with little if any extraneous footage or scenes that are overly talky. And the acting is first rate, as well, with fine, laconic performances, as befits a Western, from Cameron Mitchell, Nicholson, George Mitchell, Katherine Squire and Harry Dean Stanton as the most oleaginous of the outlaws. My only quibble with the cast and indeed the movie is that Millie Perkins' acting and character are terminally blah. Peckinpah had a better eye when he cast Mariette Hartley in a similar role in RTHC. So let's give it an A minus. P.S. This film is about a thousand per cent better than its companion Western, made at the same time and also featuring Hellman, Nicholson, and Perkins, the extremely pretentious "The Shooting".