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Nevada Smith (1966)

Not Rated | | Western | 23 July 1966 (Japan)
A half American Indian and half white teenager evolves into a hardened killer as he tracks down his parents' murderers.

Director:

Henry Hathaway

Writers:

Harold Robbins (based on the character in "The Carpetbaggers" created by), John Michael Hayes (screen story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve McQueen ... Max Sand aka Nevada Smith
Karl Malden ... Tom Fitch
Brian Keith ... Jonas Cord
Arthur Kennedy ... Bill Bowdre
Suzanne Pleshette ... Pilar
Raf Vallone ... Father Zaccardi
Janet Margolin ... Neesa
Pat Hingle ... Big Foot
Howard Da Silva ... Warden
Martin Landau ... Jesse Coe
Paul Fix ... Sheriff Bonnell
Gene Evans ... Sam Sand
Josephine Hutchinson ... Mrs. Elvira McCanles
John Doucette ... Uncle Ben McCanles
Val Avery ... Buck Mason
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Storyline

Nevada Smith is the young son of an American-Indian mother and white father. When his father and mother are killed by three men over gold, Nevada sets out to find them and kill them. The boy is taken in by a gun merchant. The gun merchant shows him how to shoot, to shoot on time, and to shoot straight. Everything that Nevada does goes to killing those three men. He learns to read and write just to learn their location. He pays people to tell him where they're at. He even goes to prison to kill one of them. While the movie is a Western and has plenty of action, it also takes a deep look into vengeance and how one can change after a haunting incident. Written by Chase Ard <Bullitt357@aol.com>

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He Loved... Hated... Killed. See more »

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 July 1966 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Невада Смит See more »

Filming Locations:

Wolf Hole, Arizona, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$14,170,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Solar Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (original length)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

While dining in Baton Rouge, Steve McQueen ran into William Holden and Richard Widmark, who were filming Alvarez Kelly (1966) in the same area. McQueen and Holden wound up drinking together the rest of the evening. See more »

Goofs

The camera's shadow can be seen as it pans across several head of cattle being driven in the scene immediately following the parting of ways between Max and Jonas. See more »

Quotes

Buck Mason: [watching Smith down a whiskey] Hell of a way to begin a day, ain't it?
Nevada Smith: Well, I ain't cryin' about it; why should you?
Buck Mason: If ever you could, it'd add 20 years to your life. Yeah, maybe somebody else's.
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Referenced in Steve McQueen: The King of Cool (1998) See more »

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Billy Boy
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Another tall revenge tale from Harold Robbins--western style...
6 September 2007 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

NEVADA SMITH is a long-winded revenge tale encompassing chapters in a man's quest for revenge. The first chapter is the most interesting--with BRIAN KEITH showing "the kid" (STEVE McQUEEN) something about handling a gun as a gunslinger should who's looking to avenge the killers of his parents.

As the killers--MARTIN LANDAU, ARTHUR KENNEDY and KARL MALDEN--give tough, gritty performances and each is slated to be avenged for the killing of Nevada Smith's parents.

But the last half of the film sags under the tacked on spiritual saga with RAF VALLONE preaching the Bible to "the kid", who promises to "keep it in mind" before he goes off to find the third man, KARL MALDEN.

It's all directed in typical Henry Hathaway fashion--ruggedly staged action against gorgeous scenic backgrounds. It's a role that suits STEVE McQUEEN as perfectly as any of his best parts. He's especially good in the early segment as the uneducated kid who comes under the tutoring of BRIAN KEITH as Jonas Cord.

The swamp scenes, where McQueen gets himself sent to prison so he can locate Arthur Kennedy, almost seem like segments from another movie he made with Dustin Hoffman--PAPILLON. HOWARD DaSILVA and PAT HINGLE play the brutal warden and his helpmate in brutal fashion. SUZANNE PLESHETTE is rather unlikely as a doomed native girl in an underwritten role.

Summing up: A revenge tale that could have been trimmed by at least 30 minutes to make a tighter western.


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