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Bite the Bullet -- Wild west saga of a 700 mile horse race across rugged terrain by nine men and women after big prize money. Cast includes Gene Hackman, Candice Bergen, James Coburn, Jan-Micahel Vincent.

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Director:
Writer:
Richard Brooks (written by)
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Release Date:
26 September 1975 (Finland) See more »
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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:
Enduring just because you can 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 .... 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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Trivia:
While on location in New Mexico in 1974 Paul Stewart suffered a heart attack.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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5 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Enduring just because you can, 25 October 1999
Author: DFC-2 from United States

Westerns about the 19th and early 20th century are almost by definition American mythology, but one has the choice of a wide variety of sub-genres. Many are focused on the individuals protecting others from violence, another group centers on the brave pioneers or the abused Native-Americans, and most of the rest expand on a sensationalistic version of the West. Films in this last category include the "Lonesome Dove" series, all the Jesse James/Younger brothers/Billy the Kid/O.K. Corral epics and recent films like "Unforgiven." The common denominator in all these films is some extraordinary circumstance that forces one individual or group of individuals to stand out in some heroic way. The few exceptions are generally family films that tell about daily life and difficulties along the way, but find a way to make you feel good about the world when all is done.

"Bite the Bullet," "Monte Walsh," "Ulzana's Raid," and films like them tell a different story where animals and people suffer, people die for no good reason, and there are no heroes. The emphasis in these films is on telling a true story with all the mundane unpleasantness left intact. "Bite the Bullet" is not a feel-good film, but it does offer a realistic portrayal of an endurance race by choosing an assortment of standard western types and evaluating them through the eyes of one reluctant participant. I can't fault those who criticize the movie cliches in this film, because they are there and they are annoying, but I still admire this film for showing the race itself was a worthless and destructive enterprise for all the casual participants. Considering the support given cliché-driven movies like "Silverado" and sensationalistic extravaganzas like "Lonesome Dove," "Bite the Bullet," in my opinion, deserves a larger audience and a better overall IMDB rating than it has gotten.

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