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The Shooting & Ride in the Whirlwind

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The Shooting & Ride in the Whirlwind

“In July of 1964, director Monte Hellman and actor Jack Nicholson went to the Philippines to shoot two war movies back to back: Flight to Fury, which Nicholson also wrote, and Back Door to Hell. By June of 1965, Hellman and Nicholson had shot two more movies, the Westerns The Shooting and Ride in the Whirlwind (scripted by Nicholson). The Shooting is a flat-out masterpiece, a haunting meditation on vengeance and existentialism that manages to follow in the traditions of both Ford and Antonioni without slavishly imitating either.” (Jim Hemphill, Filmmaker Magazine)

The Shooting
A mysterious woman (Millie Perkins) hires a former bounty hunter and his partner (played by Warren Oates and Will Hutchins respectively), to accompany her across the desert, refusing to provide any details about the purpose of their journey. They are later joined by a volatile gunslinger (Jack Nicholson). Tensions grow as the foursome make their way aimlessly through the desert. 1966. 82 m. Monte Hellman. USA. English.

Ride in the Whirlwind
Jack Nicholson, Cameron Mitchell, and Tom Filer play three cowboys who cross paths with a group of robbers on the run after holding up a stage coach and lynching the driver. The local sheriff and his posse mistake the cowboys for the culprits, pursuing them across the desert while the boys attempt to escape with their lives. 1966. 82 m. Monte Hellman. USA. English.

Tickets: $8 (members), $13 (nonmembers)

This film is part of the Saddle Up Saturdays with Jonathan Demme series.



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