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Wanda Nevada (1979)

PG | | Comedy, Mystery, Romance | June 1979 (USA)
Romantic drama following the fortunes of a drifter named Beaudray Demerille (Peter Fonda) who wins a young orphan named Wanda (13-year-old Brooke Shields) in a poker game and takes her gold... See full summary »

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Beaudray Demerille
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Fiona Lewis ...
Dorothy Deerfield
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Ruby Muldoon
Ted Markland ...
Strap Pangburn
Severn Darden ...
Merlin Bitterstix
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Texas Curly
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Old Prospector
Larry Golden ...
Slade, the Card Hustler
John Denos ...
Billy, the Gas Station Greaser
Bert Williams ...
Sherman Krupp - Trading Post Owner
Fred Ashley ...
The Barber
Jason Clark ...
Alonzo
Robert V. Walker Jr. ...
Poker Player
H. Samuel Hackin ...
Poker Player
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Romantic drama following the fortunes of a drifter named Beaudray Demerille (Peter Fonda) who wins a young orphan named Wanda (13-year-old Brooke Shields) in a poker game and takes her gold prospecting in the Grand Canyon. Written by Jonathan Broxton <j.w.broxton@sheffield.ac.uk>

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I koukla tis Nevada  »

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Trivia

The film credits list Teri Shields as the Motel Clerk. She was the mother of Brooke Shields and was 45 years of age at the time of filming the motel scenes in Prescott, Arizona. See more »

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As the gun battle between Beaudray Demerille (Peter Fonda)/Wanda Nevada (Brooke Shields) and the two bad guys winds down, Beaudray pulls a sawed off shotgun and fires it in the air, then the camera cuts to the two bad guys and the shot hits the ground just beside the one on the right. See more »

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Old Prospector: What are you prospectin'?
Beaudray Demerille: Oh, ah, silver...
Wanda Nevada: ...and gold!
Beaudray Demerille: Shh!
Old Prospector: Everyone knows there ain't no gold in the Grand Canyon!
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Featured in Fonda on Fonda (1992) See more »

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You and Me
Written by Ken Lauber & John J. McElwee
Performed by Asleep at the Wheel
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Strange at best
28 August 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

I have to say I'm not sure what to make of this film after seeing Peter Fonda with Brooke Shields at the tender age of 14 making this film in the title role. Does the concept jailbait have any meaning here?

The film is set in the more innocent early 50s, in fact 1950 as one of our villains is worried about just getting a draft notice for Korea. Gambler/Drifer Peter Fonda winds young Brooke Shields in a poker game and then Brooke happens to get the map and some gold nuggets courtesy of a recently deceased Paul Fix. Fonda and Shields decide to go prospecting in the Grand Canyon.

You know had Wanda Nevada been cast with someone Brooke's age as the lead, say Christopher Atkins for instance this film might have worked as a kid's adventure film. But with Fonda or anyone his age the movie is strange at best.

Henry Fonda plays a grizzled old prospector with a beard like Gabby Hayes which completely covers his face together with goggle glasses. But his voice is unmistakable. He's only got one scene with his son and Wanda Nevada as mediocre and strange as it is has some historical significance as a joint project with father and son. Sister Jane did a whole lot better with On Golden Pond.


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