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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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Dorothy Deerfield
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Ruby Muldoon
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Strap Pangburn
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Merlin Bitterstix
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Texas Curly
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Old Prospector
Larry Golden ...
Slade - Card Hustler
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Bert Williams ...
Sherman Krupp - Trading Post Owner
Fred Ashley ...
The Barber
Jason Clark ...
Alonzo
Robert V. Walker Jr. ...
Poker Player
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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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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 John Ford film My Darling Clementine (1946) as Wyatt Earp. See more »

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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 »

Quotes

Wanda Nevada: Why do we always have to do it your way?
Beaudray Demerille: Because I got all the money and the guns.
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Referenced in Fonda on Fonda (1992) See more »

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One O'Clock Jump
Written by Count Basie
Performed by Asleep at the Wheel
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A Sweet Treat with an Important Message
29 September 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I find it offensive that so many reviewers have sided with Wanda's oppressors and would rather see her locked up in a "reform school" -- where the only thing that would be re-formed is her sweet spirit. Why have so many people still not realized that chronological age is not an accurate gauge of anyone's emotional maturity? As a Master Yoga Therapist and Jungian, I know that men with black-and-white morality values cannot face finding a thirteen-year-old sexually or romantically attractive; so they suppress their desire and compensate by rejecting the catalyst. A similar syndrome is the father who compensates for an unconscious desire for his daughter by rejecting all her potential suitors as "not good enough" for her. Older women often have problems with those who are young and attractive.

The precious message of this charmingly unpretentious film is this: All General Rules of behavior must be given room for grand exceptions. After all, it is these that make life worth living.


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