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Bite the Bullet -- Gene Hackman and Candice Bergen head an all-star cast that battle the trials of the rugged West in a grueling, 700-mile horse race.

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Director:
Writer:
Richard Brooks (written by)
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Release Date:
1 May 1975 (Australia) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
In the tradition of Shane and High Noon, a new Western Classic is born! BITE THE BULLET See more »
Plot:
A group of ex-rough riders, an ex-prostitute and a gunfighter enter a horse race in the desert. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 win See more »
User Reviews:
Endurance And Character See more (37 total) »

Cast

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Directed by
Richard Brooks 
 
Writing credits
Richard Brooks (written by)

Produced by
Richard Brooks .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Alex North 
 
Cinematography by
Harry Stradling Jr. (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
George Grenville 
 
Art Direction by
Robert F. Boyle  (as Robert Boyle)
 
Set Decoration by
Bob Signorelli  (as Robert Signorelli)
 
Makeup Department
Fred C. Blau Jr. .... makeup artist (as Fred Blau)
 
Production Management
Gene Levy .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Charles Bonniwell .... second assistant director
Tom Shaw .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Ray Mercer Jr. .... property master (as Ray Mercer)
John Alvin .... poster artist (uncredited)
Tom Jung .... poster artist (uncredited)
Tom Jung .... poster designer (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Les Fresholtz .... sound re-recording
Al Overton Jr. .... sound
Arthur Piantadosi .... sound re-recording
Kay Rose .... sound editor
Richard Tyler .... sound re-recording
 
Special Effects by
Chuck Gaspar .... special effects
 
Stunts
Mario Arteaga .... stunts (uncredited)
William H. Burton Jr. .... stunts (uncredited)
Jerry Gatlin .... stunts (uncredited)
Robert F. Hoy .... stunts (uncredited)
Jimmy Nickerson .... stunts (uncredited)
Walter Scott .... stunts (uncredited)
Buddy Van Horn .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Clifford Hutchison .... chief electrician (as Cliff Hutchinson)
Tom May .... key grip
Richard Tim Vanik .... camera operator (as Tim Vanik)
 
Casting Department
Jeanne Swain .... casting: New Mexico (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Rita Riggs .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
Don Roth .... assistant editor
Nancy Sammons .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Joan Biel .... music editor
Hershy Kay .... orchestration
 
Other crew
John Franco .... script supervisor
Al Horwits .... public relations
Rudy Ugland .... horses (as Rudy Ugland Jr.)
John Marshall .... subtitle script and timing (uncredited)
Lee Sollenberger .... animal trainer (uncredited)
 

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Runtime:
132 min
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Color (Metrocolor) (uncredited)
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2.35 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG | Australia:M (TV rating) | Finland:K-16 | Iceland:12 | Netherlands:12 | Norway:16 | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (1986) (2002) | USA:PG | West Germany:12

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Trivia:
The film was inspired by the 1908 700-mile cross-country horse race from Evanston, Wyoming to Denver, Colorado. It was sponsored by the Denver Post, which offered $2,500 prize money to the winner.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: When Gene Hackman is racing the other rider in the ravine about halfway through the movie, tire tracks from the camera car are visible in the road bed.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Gebhardt:I heard your newspaper is running an honest race.
Reporter:You heard right, Mr. Gebhardt.
Gebhardt:Who the hell handicapped this owlhead as the favorite?
J.B. Parker:The smart money!
Gebhardt:That's what we come to get.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Hot Lunch (1978)See more »

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14 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Endurance And Character, 24 September 2008
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Bite The Bullet, a most unusual western from the pen and the direction of Richard Brooks. It concerns a rather strange camaraderie that develops between the seven participants in a horse race out west.

This is not a race for speed, this is a test of endurance for seven miles through the desert in the American southwest. The seven participants are Gene Hackman, James Coburn, Ben Johnson, Candice Bergen, Jan-Michael Vincent, Ian Bannen, and Mario Artaega.

All these people have their own reasons for wanting the $2000.00 prize offered by the newspaper sponsoring the event. Hackman and Coburn are old friends already and Coburn's hoping Hackman will throw the race his way because he's up over his head in bets he can't pay off should he lose. Ben Johnson's an old timer just wanting to be remembered for doing something important in his life. Ian Bannen is an English Lord who thinks it's all jolly good sport. Candice Bergen is both striking a blow for women and sending money to her jailed husband. She works for madam Jean Willes when not racing. Jan-Michael Vincent is a punk kid with something to prove and Mario Artaega is just a poor guy looking for a stake to feed his family.

It's about the animals as well, this is not the Kentucky Derby for a mile and a quarter. The horses have to be looked after if they make it through a rough 700 miles. They kind of bind the characters together in a strange way.

Bite The Bullet is not long on plot, but very deep in characterization and it works here just like it works in the Sam Peckinpah classic, Junior Bonner. Even those that don't endure develop wellsprings of character they never thought they had. It's a good film and the ending shows something about character and friendship.

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