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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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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In the scene in the cattle pens when Max (Steve McQueen) fights Jessie Coe (Martin Landau), Max crouches behind a fence and opens the gate to let the cattle out. Some cattle come out the gate while others knock down the fence, and Max must dodge the flailing legs and hooves of the stampeding cattle. The knocking down of the fence was accidental, and McQueen was very nearly trampled for real. Shots of Max rolling clear of the hooves were added when it was decided to use the accidental footage. See more »


The camera's shadow can be seen as it pans across several head of cattle being driven in the scene immediately following the parting of ways between Max and Jonas. See more »


Jonas Cord: It ain't that easy, kid. Findin' em's one thing. Killin' em's another.
Nevada Smith: I'll figure out ways.
Jonas Cord: Ah! Well, I've been sellin' guns and ammunition to men like that for 15 years, and they got more ways to cripple and kill a man than you ever dreamed about. They'll shoot you in the back. They'll ambush you. They'll cut your throat while you're layin' asleep. All you got on your side is some blind Indian revenge.
Nevada Smith: I'm half-white.
Jonas Cord: And you're all-helpless!
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Pretty solid western revenge drama, though not perfect
18 September 2002 | by (Victoria, BC) – See all my reviews

Though there isn't much here that you haven't seen before in a western revenge drama, it's pretty well done. You can understand why the protagonist turns away at any chance of a normal life and instead concentrates on nothing but revenge. And it is undeniably satisfying to see him enact his revenge any chance he gets.

It's good for what it is, though there are some problems, that if tweaked, could have made the movie even better. For one thing, casting McQueen as a half-Indian? And casting this mid-30s actor as a character that's supposed to be young enough to be called "Kid"!?!? Plus, the escape from the swamp doesn't seem finished; in fact, with the short sequence where one of McQueen's pursuers commenting on the bullets he has left makes me believe that several minutes were edited out before the movie was released.

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