Nevada Smith is the young son of an Indian mother and white father. When his father and mother are killed by three men over gold, Nevada sets out to find them and kill them. The boy is taken in by a gun merchant. The gun merchant shows him how to shoot, to shoot on time, and to shoot straight. Everything that Nevada does goes to killing those three men. He learns to read and write just to learn their location. He pays people to tell him where they're at. He even goes to prison to kill one of them. While the movie is a Western and has plenty of action, it also takes a deep look into vengeance and how one can change after a haunting incident. Written by
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The character Nevada Smith was supposed to be sixteen. He is played by 35-year-old Steve McQueen. See more »
Near the beginning of the movie, when Uncle Ben is seen twice with his buckboard, his name is painted on the seat back as "McCandles". The end credits spell it "McCanles". See more »
[Cord teaches Max to play poker]
Now the lowest hand you can get is a pair, that's two of a kind. Then two pair, then three of a kind, and then a straight.
Three of what kind?
Three of anything. Three nines, three tens, three jacks.
Which ones are the tens?
Don't you know how to read?
I never went to school.
Well, if I knew how to write, I'd know how to read.
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This was a western with a good cast and another intense, interesting revenge story. It's fairly long at 130 minutes but Steve McQueen is usually charismatic enough to carry a film, and he does so here, too.
As the title character, "Nevada Smith," McQueen is joined by a number of well- known actors of the 1960s: Suzanne Pleshette, Karl Malden, Brian Keith, Arthur Kennedy, Raf Vallone, Martin Landau Janet Margolin and Pat Hingle.
McQueen plays a man who is totally dominated by thoughts of revenge. It motivates his every move. I don't recommend that attitude, but it makes for a good movie.
It was nice to see this in 2:35:1 widescreen. Even though I owned a new tape, that nice western photography made the DVD purchase worthwhile.
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