Monte Hellman (born July 12, 1932, in New York City, New York) is an American film director, producer, and film editor.
Hellman is among a group of directing talent mentored by Roger Corman, who produced several of the director’s early films. Hellman’s most critically acclaimed film to date has been Two-Lane Blacktop (1971), a road movie that was a box office failure at the time of its initial release but has subsequently turned into a perennial cult favorite.1 Hellman’s two acid westerns starring Jack Nicholson, Ride in the Whirlwind and The Shooting, both shot in 1965 and released directly to television in 1968, have also developed cult followings, particularly the latter. A third western, China 9, Liberty 37 (1978), was far less successful critically, although it too has its admirers, as do Cockfighter (1974) (aka Born to Kill) and Iguana (1988). In 1989 he directed the straight-to-video slasher film Silent Night, Deadly Night 3: Better Watch… read more
Film plays like an early lifetime harlequin romance adaptation. The handsome virile italian cowboy, the timid unhappy wife, the bodice opening awakening.....just laughable. Undeserving of its reputation this film falls so flat despite game performances from Oates and Agutter. This italian/spanish co-production just drags and has one of the worst scores I've noticed in some time. Main theme sounds like 'i'm easy'.
Neither a spaghetti western nor an existential trip...just a brilliant film