Ride in the Whirlwind
is a 1965 western
directed by Monte Hellman
, starring Jack Nicholson
, Millie Perkins
, and Harry Dean Stanton
. Nicholson also wrote and produced the film.
A trio of cowboys
, Vern (Cameron Mitchell
), Wes (Jack Nicholson
) and Otis (Tom Filer
), stop to rest for the night at the remote hide out of a gang of outlaws led by Blind Dick (Harry Dean Stanton
). In the morning, they find themselves surrounded by a vigilante hanging
party and are forced to become fugitives due to a case of mistaken identity.
At a screening at the Cinemateque at the restored Egyptian Theater
on November 18, 2006, director Monte Hellman
was interviewed about this film and The Shooting
The films were made back-to-back, with The Shooting
first. Hellman said that Roger Corman
had agreed to put up funds for a Hellman-directed western at a lunch meeting at the old Brown Derby
on Vine Street
, just south of Hollywood Boulevard, one of a small chain of famous restaurants in Los Angeles (the famous hat-shaped one was located on Wilshire). By the end of the lunch, Corman said to Hellman that since Hellman was making one western, he might as well make two – presumably because, in the mind of the budget-conscious Corman, this would allow them to make two films for less than the usual cost.
Hellman said that the crew and some cast members stayed on location, and, after a break for a week, they began filming Ride in the Whirlwind
. However, except for savings... Read More