Awards and Reviews


Road to nowhere poster art




Run Time:121 minutes

road to nowhere MPAA rating R






Road to Nowhere



venezia film festival official selection laurel
south by southwest film festival official selection laurel
nashville film festival official selection laurel




"TWO THUMBS UP! I THINK THIS IS A PRETTY GREAT MOVIE...I REALLY LOVED IT. IT REMINDS ME A LOT OF MULHOLLAND DRIVE... WE BOTH AGREE THIS IS A PRETTY DARN GOOD MOVIE."
- EBERT PRESENTS AT THE MOVIES

"A SHIMMERING NEO-NOIR FILM. IN ITS MASTERFUL USE OF EVOCATIVE IMAGERY AND MUSIC, "ROAD TO NOWHERE" IS FLAWLESS."
- KEVIN THOMAS, LOS ANGELES TIMES

"A CERTIFIABLE MASTERPIECE... SCULPTED WITH LIGHT AND MOVEMENT, BODIES AND SOUNDS, HELLMAN GOES FOR THE ESSENCE: HURT AND DOUBT"
- FILM COMMENT

"HAUNTING AND PASSIONATE, GRIM YET EXUBERANTLY INVENTIVE FILM NOIR. HELLMAN HIMSELF IS ONE OF THE LUMINARIES OF THE INTERNATIONAL CINEMA, AND HIS RETURN, WITH 'ROAD TO NOWHERE,' IS CAUSE FOR CELEBRATION"
- THE NEW YORKER

"A LOT OF CYNICS TOLD ME ROAD TO NOWHERE COULDN'T BE AS GOOD AS PEOPLE SAID IT WAS. I SAW THE FILM LAST NIGHT AND LET THE RECORD REFLECT IT IS THAT GOOD."
- FILM THREAT

"ROAD TO NOWHERE MAY ALSO BE AS SIGNIFICANT TO THE INDIE FEATURE AS 'AVATAR' IS TO THE POPCORN MOVIE"
- THE NEW YORK TIMES

"ROAD TO NOWHERE - AN OSCAR-CALIBER FILM. WILL HAVE YOU MYSTIFIED, STUPEFIED AND THRILLED THAT A MOVIE CAN DELIVER SO MUCH"
- EXAMINER.COM

"HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. THE GREAT MONTE HELLMAN RETURNS WITH ROAD TO NOWHERE"
- THE VILLAGE VOICE

"MONTE HELLMAN'S FIRST FEATURE FILM IN 21 YEARS IS ONE OF HIS FINEST AND DEEPEST, A TWIN PEAK TO HIS 1971 MASTERPIECE 'TWO LANE BLACKTOP"
- VARIETY

"BEAUTIFULLY SHOT AND EDITED AND AS CINEMATIC AS ANYTHING HELLMAN;S EVER DONE, ROAD TO NOWHERE IS, AS TOM RUSSELL SINGS, 'A LOVE SONG TO THE MOVIES IN OUR HEARTS.'"
- THE AUSTIN CHRONICLE

"THE IMAGES OF 'ROAD TO NOWHERE' ... HAVE A QUIET CINEMATIC ECSTASY, A TIGHT-LIPPED CREATIVE INTENSITY OF A RARE EXALTATION. HELLMAN IS... SIMPLY ONE OF THE FINEST DIRECTORS OF HIS GENERATION"
- THE NEW YORKER

"A DELIRIOUSLY ENJOYABLE FILM"
- FILMMAKER

"IT IS DIFFICULT TO DENY THE MOTION PICTURE'S ENIGMATIC BEAUTY... A PRICELESS PIECE OF CINEMATIC ART. ROAD TO NOWHERE WILL UNDOUBTEDLY BE EXAMINED FOR YEARS TO COME."
- EXAMINER.COM

"A RAVISHING PIRANDELLIAN FILM NOIR"
- THE ECONOMIST

"ROAD TO NOWHERE IS A MONUMENTAL LIFE-CHANGER WITH A VERY CLEAR, BLACK-BOX WARNING: SEE IT ONLY IF YOU'RE A SEASONED CINEASTE - AND WELL PREPARED FOR THE WILDEST DREAM OF YOUR LIFE."
- AMY R. HANDLER, MOVING PICTURES NETWORK

"HELLMAN COMES ROARING BACK TO THE BIG SCREEN WITH ROAD TO NOWHERE, A SUPREMEM NOIR DRAMA... BEAUTIFULLY SHOT, SKILLFULLY ACTED (THE LEAD PERFORMANCE BY SHANNYN SOSSAMON IS RIVETING)."
- SF WEEKLY

"3 1/2 STARS. ROAD TO NOWHERE LOOKS SO GORGEOUS, AND THE CHARACTERS ARE SO INTRIGUINGLY OFFBEAT THAT YOU CAN HAVE A GRAND OLD TIME JUST SITTING BACK AND WATCHING, THEN TRYING TO PIECE EVERYTHING TOGETHER AFTERWARD."
- THE ARIZONA REPUBLIC

"ROAD TO NOWHERE, IS ONE OF MY EARLY FAVORITE FILMS OF THE YEAR, IS A TRUE CRIME MYSTERY THAT PLAYS WITH TIME, SPACE, AND SLOWLY DRAWS THE VIEWER INTO ITS WEB OF LIES"
- TWIN CITIES DAILY PLANET

"4 STARS (OUT OF 4)"
- COMBUSTIBLE CELLULOID

"3 STARS. A MOVIE THAT MAY DELIGHT AND CONFOUND YOU IN EQUAL MEASURE"
- PITTSBURGH POST GAZETTE

"AWE-INSPIRING GEM"
- FILM-FORWARD.COM

"3 STARS. A MESMERIZING, DARK CRIME STORY... ONE OF THE FEW MYSTERIES IN RECENT YEARS THAT FEELS INNOVATIVE"
- MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

"A VERY FRESH, INTRIGUING AND SMARTLY WRITTEN FILM."
- LOCAL-IQ.COM

"ROAD TO NOWHERE IS SO FRESH IN ITS DIGITAL IMAGE MAKING IT FEEL LIKE IT WAS SHOT TOMORROW"
- THE FILM TALK

"A SLIPPERY NEAR- MASTERWORK"
- AMC MAGAZINE: THE FILMCRITIC.COM

"INDIEWIRE: ROAD TO NOWHERE AVERAGE CRITIC WIRE RATING: B+"
- INDIE WIRE

"3 STARS"
- TIME OUT NEW YORK

"FASCINATING... A GLOBETROTTING BLEND OF INTRIGUE THAT VEXES AND INTOXICATES IN THE TRADITION OF VERTIGO AND MULLHOLLAND DRIVE"
- MOVIELINE

"4 STARS. RESPECTFULLY RECOMMENDED... ONE OF THE MOST PATIENT, CEREBRAL THRILLERS. ROAD TO NOWHERE HAS A NARRATIVE ESSENCE THAT VIEWERS CAN READILY GRAB ONTO. HELLMAN ALSO MASTERFULLY SETS THE MOOS AND SCENE. HIS USE OF THE LUCH SMOKY MOUNTAIN BACKDROP IS PARTICULARLY EVOCATIVE OF THE PROFOUNDLY MYSTERIOUS, IN A TWIN PEAKS KIND OF WAY. YET, THIS IS A FILM WITH A DISTINCTLY INDIVIDUAL FEEL. ROAD TO NOWHERE IS A CHALLENGING FILM, BUT THERE IS A 'THERE' THERE."
- THE EPOCH TIMES

"3 STARS. WHILE HE IS FAMOUS FOR 1971'S 'TWO-LANE BLACKTOP,' 'ROAD TO NOWHERE' MIGHT BE THE MOST ACCOMPLISHED THING HE HAS EVER DONE"
- THE KANSAS CITY STAR


"HELLMAN HAS CREATED A POWERFUL AND HAUNTING WORK THAT CAN STAND WITH HIS BEST FILMS."
- LONG ISLAND PULSE MAGAZINE

"THESE ARE THE MOVIES THAT STAND OUT EVEN AMONGST THE BEST OF THE BEST AT THE FEST (SXSW)."
- FILMSCHOOLREJECTS.COM

"ROAD TO NOWHERE WINS MY PERSONAL AWARD FOR THE MOST BEAUTIFUL TRAILER EVER"
- AUSTIN POST, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

"HELLMAN'S FIRST FEATURE FILM IN TWO DECADES IS A TRIUMPHANT RETURN FOR ONE OF CINEMA'S MASTERS"
- SIGHT AND SOUND

"4 STARS. UNDENIABLY FASCINATING. DEFINITELY NOT TO BE MISSED."
- PAPER BLOG

"DISARMINGLY SIMPLE IN ITS MEANS YET DELIRIOUSLY COMPLEX IN ITS LASTING EFFECTS."
- ARTFORUM

"FASCINATING"
- PBS.ORG



Written By: Steven Gaydos

Directed By: Monte Hellman

Starring: Cliff De Young, Waylon Payne, Tygh Runyan, Shannyn Sossamon, Dominique Swain




There's a murky tenuous balance between reality and fiction; particularly when it involves a beautiful young woman, murder, a powerful politico, a missing fortune and suicide.

A passionate filmmaker, creating a film based upon a true crime, casts an unknown mysterious young woman bearing a disturbing resemblance to the femme fatale in the story. He finds himself unsuspectingly drawn into a complex web of haunting intrigue, obsessed with the woman, the crime, her possibly notorious past and the disturbing complexity between art and truth.

From the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina to Verona, Rome and London, new truths are revealed and clues to other crimes and passions, darker and even more complex are uncovered.



Cliff De Young
Shannyn Sossamon
Waylon Payne
Dominique Swain
Tygh Runyan









webmaster: Gordon Scott Garcia web-assistant: Carly Schmidt
All images are copyright © monterey media inc.