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Nevada Smith (1966)

Not Rated | | Western | 10 June 1966 (USA)
A naive half-Indian, half-white teenager 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
Jesse Coe
Sheriff Bonnell
Sam Sand
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 <Bullitt357@aol.com>

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Release Date:

10 June 1966 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Невада Смит  »

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(Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

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2.35 : 1
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The cast and crew suffered from harsh filming conditions. See more »


After Bowdre's whipping at the prison camp, Max runs into the water to save him from drowning. Max turns Bowdre onto his back so his face is up, out of the water; in the next shot, which is just a second later, Max pulls a face-down Bowdre out of the water by his feet. See more »


Nevada Smith: [to Fitch] You're just not worth killing.
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Has some flaws but is still a good film.
22 November 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The problem with any Steve McQueen western is that none measure up to The Magnificent Seven, his best cowboy role and one of the best westerns of all time.

Nevada Smith is not a perfect screenplay but it is nonetheless entertaining. It is the tale of a young boy who seeks revenge on three men who viciously tortured and murdered his parents. It has a predictable plot and some directorial flaws, but overall it meets the criteria for a good film; it is entertaining.

At age 36, McQueen is a bit hard to believe as a 'kid'. The story obviously spans many years in Max Sand's life and if the writers had played this up more McQueen's age would not have mattered. Even showing Max and Alex Chord in a winter setting followed by spring, something to show an extensive passage of time would have helped make McQueen's age more fitting (if he'd lost weight prior to filming it would also have helped). More emphasis should have been placed on his progression from illiterate, green half-breed to savvy gun slinger. The passage of time while he learned to read, use firearms, kill his first victim and recover from wounds at the Indian village, should all have been used more extensively to make Max Sand age into the character portrayed by McQueen.

But regardless of McQueen's actual age, by the time Max kills the first of the three men he is tracking and then gets himself thrown into a Louisiana prison to find another one, his character's age and looks are believable.

A superb cast of supporting actors backs up McQueen. Brian Keith is the perfect father figure who takes Max in and teaches him to use firearms and tells him about life and how to find the men who killed his parents. Suzanne Pleshette cannot be made to look bad no matter how hard the make up department tries. Even dirty and sweaty in the swamp, her natural beauty and class shine. These traits and her unique voice and soft movements steal any scene she is in. She almost upstages McQueen. Martin Landau, Arthur Kennedy and Karl Malden are as bad as any movie villains I ever saw.

POSSIBLE SPOILER: In the end, Max does the right thing. He purges his hate and embraces the bigger meaning of life. He doesn't forgive the murderers; he just elevates himself above them. He doesn't kill Fitch, instead after wounding him severely he walks away from a life of violence. For some reason, I believe he returns to the Indian tribe of his birth and to Neesa, the Indian woman who truly loves him. In any case, ultimately the film works.

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