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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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Release Date:
1 May 1975 (Australia) See more »
In the tradition of Shane and High Noon, a new Western Classic is born! BITE THE BULLET See more »
A group of ex-rough riders, an ex-prostitute and a gunfighter enter a horse race in the desert. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 win See more »
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Unusual Western with a Good Adventure See more (38 total) »


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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
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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132 min
Color (Metrocolor) (uncredited)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
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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While on location in New Mexico in 1974 Paul Stewart suffered a heart attack.See more »
Revealing mistakes: When Sam Clayton takes the saddle off his horse at the end, it's clearly dry under the saddle, whilst the rest of the horse is wet and lathered. The lather and dampness is clearly fake sweat, as it would be soaked under he saddle also.See more »
[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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8 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Unusual Western with a Good Adventure, 11 July 2011
Author: Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

When a newspaper sponsors 700-mile endurance horse race, a group of adventurers is attracted by the grand prize of US$ 2,000.00 for the winner.

Among the participants are the former Rough Rider Sam Clayton (Gene Hackman), who fought in the Spanish-American War, and protects the animals from cruelty; his friend Luke Matthews (James Coburn), who has also fought in the war, and now is a gambler; the ex-prostitute Miss Jones (Candice Bergen) that has a hidden agenda to run the race; a Mexican (Mario Arteaga), who has toothache, and needs the money to help his poor family; the young bully Carboa (Jan-Michael Vincent) that does not respect anybody; the anonymous Mister (Ben Johnson) that wants to be famous; the Englishman Sir Harry Norfolk (Ian Bannen) that has traveled a long distance expecting to win the race.

Along the days of competition, greed and betrayal affect the contestants' performances. But in the end, the survivors learn lessons of friendship and teamwork.

"Bite the Bullet" is an unusual western with a good adventure and interesting characters. Candice Bergen is in the top of her beauty but her character disappoints in the end, double-crossing and causing the death of the participants. Unfortunately the lame conclusion is too dramatic and unreasonable, since in accordance with the competition's rules, each horse plus horseman and gear should not weight more than a certain wight. When Sam and Luke unsaddle their horses and lead them to the finish line, it is not clear whether they have broken any of the foregoing rules and did not win the race. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "O Risco de uma Decisão" ("The Risk of a Decision")

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