Nevada Smith (1966)

Approved  |   |  Western  |  10 June 1966 (USA)
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A naive half-Indian, half-white man evolves into a hardened killer as he tracks down his parents' murderers.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Fitch
Bill Bowdre
Father Zaccardi
Howard Da Silva ...
Jesse Coe
Sheriff Bonnell
Gene Evans ...
Sam Sand
Josephine Hutchinson ...
Mrs. Elvira McCanles
Uncle Ben McCanles
Buck Mason


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 Chase Ard <>

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Driving him, burning him, a storm of revenge swept Nevada Smith across the West to make a legend of his name. See more »




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Release Date:

10 June 1966 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Невада Смит  »

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Did You Know?


Loni Anderson, best known for her role as the buxom blonde secretary "Jennifer Marlowe" on the long-running TV series WKRP in Cincinnati (1978), can be seen in a bit part as a brunette. She's one of the dance hall girls who greets the cowboys upstairs at the hotel while they're cleaning up for a night on the town. She asks one of them, "What's your name? Walter? Hello, Walter." See more »


When Max Sand (pretending to be Tom Fitch) gets busted out of prison by Fitch's buddies, he climbs out of the busted jail window with his gunbelt on. If he was in a jail cell, he wouldn't have had his gunbelt with him. See more »


Jonas Cord: [Max misses a plate Cord throws in the air] Go on home, boy. Take the shortcut.
Nevada Smith: The sun was in my eyes and I wasn't expecting it!
Jonas Cord: Do you expect a man's gonna hold still for you with the sun at your back, and give you warning so you can stand there and shoot at him?
Nevada Smith: I can hit a rabbit at 80 yards with a rifle.
Jonas Cord: A rabbit don't shoot back. And how you think you're gonna swing a rifle in a barroom.
Nevada Smith: I never been *in* a barroom!
Jonas Cord: Look, just to find them, you're gonna have to comb out every saloon, ...
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More Intense Revenge
15 June 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

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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