Like Ride in the Whirlwind the film is based on a story by Jack Nicholson: After a crash landing in the Philippine jungle, two men have to fight to survive. One is a dangerous killer who traveled to the tropics to search for a diamond treasure; the other is an international adventurer. To escape from the wilderness alive, these two very different men have to work together. A sort of “Homo Faber” story. The dazzling adventure turns into an intimate drama. A shady lade named Destiny casts her nets, Asians play a game called Gore, and Jack Nicholson starts a conversation with the charming words: “You know anything about death?” —Arsenal
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