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Nevada Smith (1966)

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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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Some called him savage- and some called him saint... some felt his hate- and one found his love... and three had to die... See more »




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10 June 1966 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Невада Смит  »

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When Martin Landau swings the chair at Steve McQueen as he enters the saloon bedroom, you can plainly see that a piece of plexiglas is in the door frame to protect McQueen. See more »


Nevada Smith: Jesse!
Jesse Coe: [Jesse pretends he doesn't hear and keeps dealing cards] Any cards, boys?
Nevada Smith: You, dealing cards.
Jesse Coe: Jesse who?
Nevada Smith: Jesse Coward! Jesse Murderer! Woman-killer!
Jesse Coe: Now wait a minute, my name is Jack Langley.
Nevada Smith: When you killed my mother and father, it was Jesse.
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Violence and gun-play in a revenge story
17 October 2006 | by See all my reviews

After witnessing the brutal massacre of his family,a young man (Steve McQueen)set out a personal vengeance against a hideous band(the trio formed by Martin Landau,Karl Malden,Arthur Kennedy).He swears revenge and will do pay one for one the murderers.He carries the vengeance in his heart after seeing his family butchered.Previous rules of the code of west are dated nowdays is guided by the vendetta.The protagonist combines raw ferocity,toughness and untamed youth.He learns about the life with the experience only a master gun-fighter(Brian Keith) can offer.He is going after those who killed them.He travels the southwestern and goes to Abilene as cowboy.In this cattle town the rowdy ,free-spending cowboys attracted saloon keepers,gambling houses,brothels with prostitutes(Janet Margolin) and all types of frontier men,the city became notorious for its lawlessness and vice,there he found his main enemy(Martin Landau).Later he goes to Northern and crosses paths to track down and hunt foes.He is become in outlaw with a price on his head and bank robbery ,murders and is severely wounded.But he is trapped.He is imprisoned in a prisoners camp that is a hell on the earth,the inmates are tortured,harassed and humiliated by the wardens(Pat Hingle,Howard Da Silva)in a gaol where rules the strongest law.He along with a convict(Kennedy) and helped by a gorgeous young woman(Suzanne Pleshette)are involving the preparatives for the scape.Also he knows a good priest(Raf Vallone)explaining him a moralising speech.This is a violent,lengthy Western based on the character created by Harold Robbins in ¨The Carpetbaggers¨(adapted to cinema by Edward Dimitrick with George Peppard).In the movie there are action,tension,adventures,violence and is quite entertained. The picture is well photographed in a magnificently detailed outdoors and stunning locations with a glittering colour .Excellent music by the veteran and classic Alfred Newman.The motion picture is finely directed by Henry Hathaway(True grit,Five sons of Katie Elder).

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