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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Beaudray Demerille
Dorothy Deerfield
Ruby Muldoon
Ted Markland ...
Strap Pangburn
Severn Darden ...
Merlin Bitterstix
Texas Curly
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 ...
Robert V. Walker Jr. ...
Poker Player
H. Samuel Hackin ...
Poker Player


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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June 1979 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

I koukla tis Nevada  »

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Henry Fonda, Peter Fonda's father, plays an old prospector in the Grand Canyon. As the prospector leaves Beaudray and Wanda, the song "Oh My Darling, Clementine" plays on the soundtrack. Henry Fonda starred in the film "My Darling Clementine" (1946) as Wyatt Earp. See more »


In the shot before they meet the "old prospector," Bo, Wanda and their mules are making their way down a boulder strewn path in the canyon. One of the mules bumps a boulder with its pack causing the boulder to slide to the left revealing that it is a light-weight fiberglass fake, rather than a solid rock. See more »


Beaudray Demerille: The bet's fifty dollars, pal.
Card Hustler: You gotta honor my marker.
Beaudray Demerille: I wouldn't honor your mama.
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A fantasy masterpiece
12 November 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

For some strange reason, the odd couple consisting of Peter Fonda and Brooke Shield works in this movie. The movie plot is basically a fantasy and you shouldn't try to see it as a western or a drama. Both of them somehow wind up being partners in a gold prospecting trip inside the Grand Canyon. Brooke Shields is portrayed in her usual role as a much more mature than her natural age girl, who's an even match to the older prospector played by Peter Fonda. The comical part is the way she tries to sell herself as an adult to Fonda, and eventually Fonda takes her in as his partner. The plot may not work for mature audiences in this country, but in other parts of the world, such genre exists as fantasy/adventure and might be getting high marks. I give two thumbs up for Brooke Shields and Peter Fonda.

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