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Bite the Bullet
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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 »
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Awards:
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 win See more »
User Reviews:
A New Old-Fashioned Western See more (37 total) »

Cast

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

Produced by
Richard Brooks .... producer
 
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
John Alvin .... poster artist
Ray Mercer Jr. .... property master (as Ray Mercer)
Tom Jung .... poster artist (uncredited)
Tom Jung .... poster designer (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Les Fresholtz .... sound re-recordist
Al Overton Jr. .... sound
Arthur Piantadosi .... sound re-recordist
Kay Rose .... sound editor
Richard Tyler .... sound re-recordist
 
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
 
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 .... orchestrator
 
Other crew
John Franco .... script supervisor
Al Horwits .... public relations
Lee Sollenberger .... animal trainer
Rudy Ugland .... horses supplier (as Rudy Ugland Jr.)
John Marshall .... subtitle script and timing (uncredited)
 

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132 min
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Color (Metrocolor)
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2.35 : 1 See more »
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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:
Revealing mistakes: When Sam Clayton takes the saddle off his horse at the end, it's clearly dry under the saddle, while 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 »
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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13 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
A New Old-Fashioned Western, 9 July 2003
Author: rrebenstorf from Nashville, TN

For whatever reason, critics in the 70s were quick to pronounce dead the western genre whenever a new western opened, but that didn't stop the decade from producing some of my favorites in the category. _Bite the Bullet_ is a fine example. Where other westerns of the decade seemed to pursue the avenue of re-invention, Richard Brooks' gritty movie about a turn-of-the-century horse race/endurance test opts for sweet revival. The cast of characters are the usual suspects: company men vs. real cowboys, kid-looking-for-a-reputation, ballsy hooker-with-a-heart-of-gold, tough-and-noble-oppressed Mexican, and old-hand-on-his-last-hurrah. They all combine to tell a supremely entertaining and satisfying story. As a bonus, we get the chance to consider seriously what impact America's win-win mentality has on the moral character of its people.

At the heart of the picture are the splendid performances by Gene Hackman and James Coburn as old buddies from Teddy Roosevelt's Rough Riders days. The friendship between their characters is the movie's moral glue, and it is portrayed without smearing or stickiness. In these two characters we not only get all of the integrity of upright and rugged individualism inherent in the Western Code, but we get a nice dash of Butch and Sundance to boot.

And I think Candice Bergen makes for a great tomboy. It actually makes her sexier.

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