My Favorite Monte Hellman Films (Revised and Updated)

* * * * (Out of * * * *)

1.   Two-Lane Blacktop (1971)

2.   Cockfighter (1974)

3.   The Shooting (1966)

4.   China 9, Liberty 37 (1978)

5.   Ride in the Whirlwind (1965)

6.   Road to Nowhere (2010)

* * * 1/2 (Out of * * * *)

1.   Iguana (1988)

Note: If you want to know how I saw the 102 minute version of China 9. Liberty 37 (1978), the answer is TCM’s showing of it back during September 7th, which aired after midnight. Hopefully, with TCM’s showing of it in that format, a DVD company will release it in that form and not the chopped 78 minute version, which pales in comparison.


3 thoughts on “My Favorite Monte Hellman Films (Revised and Updated)

  1. I still need to catch Road to Nowhere and Cockfighter, I believe the latter is still banned here in the UK. Two-Lane Blacktop is my favourite of Monte’s and is a film that lingered long in my mind after I first saw it in the late 80’s. For many years I was deprived the chance to watch it again, thank goodness for The Criterion Collection who provided one of my best ever Christmas presents when they released Two-Lane a few years ago.
    I’d love to discuss the great Warren Oates but frankly I can’t find the words. The man was a legend, a brilliant and underrated character actor, the like of which we’ll never see again.
    “Just Color Me Gone Baby!”

  2. I think it is a travesty that Cockfighter is still banned in the UK. I have similar feelings regarding Ken Russell’s controversial 1971 masterpiece The Devils still not having a DVD release here in the United States. I first saw the film on VHS a long time ago, but it was probably a butchered version and while the UK has a version that is more uncut, it still remains a butchered cut according to UK film critic Mark Kermode. I first heard of him a decade ago when I watched a documentary on The French Connection hosted by him that was featured on the DVD. I totally agree with you on Two-Lane Blacktop and the late great Warren Oates. Speaking of the latter, did you ever see Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia. Quite a powerful film and as with Two-Lane Blacktop, it remains a masterpiece. Anyway, thanks for dropping by 🙂

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