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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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Driving him, burning him, a storm of revenge swept Nevada Smith across the West to make a legend of his name. 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:

Nevada Smith 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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Did You Know?

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

Though the years go by, thru thick and thin, McQueen's hair and sideburns always remain the same length, in the same signature style, casual, but obviously professionally groomed. See more »

Quotes

Storekeeper: Yes, sir, can I help you today?
Nevada Smith: Can of peaches... A big can please!
Storekeeper: [Giving him a can] Best Eastern peaches in the West.
Nevada Smith: Would you open it for me?
Storekeeper: No charge!
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Connections

Featured in Steve McQueen: The Essence of Cool (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Billy Boy
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Pretty solid western revenge drama, though not perfect
18 September 2002 | by Wizard-8See all my reviews

Though there isn't much here that you haven't seen before in a western revenge drama, it's pretty well done. You can understand why the protagonist turns away at any chance of a normal life and instead concentrates on nothing but revenge. And it is undeniably satisfying to see him enact his revenge any chance he gets.

It's good for what it is, though there are some problems, that if tweaked, could have made the movie even better. For one thing, casting McQueen as a half-Indian? And casting this mid-30s actor as a character that's supposed to be young enough to be called "Kid"!?!? Plus, the escape from the swamp doesn't seem finished; in fact, with the short sequence where one of McQueen's pursuers commenting on the bullets he has left makes me believe that several minutes were edited out before the movie was released.


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