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(1966)

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The character Nevada Smith was supposed to be 16. He was played by 35-year-old Steve McQueen.
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In the scene in the cattle pens when Max (Steve McQueen) fights Jessie Coe (Martin Landau), Max crouches behind a fence and opens the gate to let the cattle out. Some cattle come out the gate while others knock down the fence, and Max must dodge the flailing legs and hooves of the stampeding cattle. The knocking down of the fence was accidental, and McQueen was very nearly trampled for real. Shots of Max rolling clear of the hooves were added when it was decided to use the accidental footage.
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Loni Anderson, best known for her role as the buxom blonde secretary "Jennifer Marlowe" on the long-running TV series WKRP in Cincinnati (1978), can be seen in a bit part as a brunette. She's one of the dance hall girls who greets the cowboys upstairs at the hotel while they're cleaning up for a night on the town. She asks one of them, "What's your name? Walter? Hello, Walter."
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Suzanne Pleshette once said in an interview that her love scenes with Steve McQueen in this movie were horribly awkward for both of them, as they had enjoyed a completely platonic friendship since she first came to Hollywood and he had very much taken on the role of big brother to her.
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The role of Nevada Smith was originally created by Alan Ladd in "The Carpetbaggers (1964)." A prequel highlighting the Smith character with Ladd was proposed, but the actor's untimely death at age 50 precluded that.
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Steve McQueen was only eight years younger than Gene Evans, who played his father.
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Of the 2,000 performers that auditioned for Lee Strasberg's exclusive theatre school in 1955, Steve McQueen and Martin Landau were the only ones who were accepted.
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The name "Nevada Smith" was the original inspiration for the name "Indiana Jones"; the "Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)" character's name was originally "Indiana Smith". George Lucas named him "Indiana" after his dog, and "Smith" after this movie. But then it was changed to "Indiana Jones".
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Steve McQueen loved to play with props and it kept the audience's eye on him. When Jonas gives him a silver dollar, McQueen slaps it back and forth in his hands. This upstaging by playing with props would often annoy other actors. Yul Brynner, who played his best friend in "The Magnificent Seven (1960)," found this very annoying, as McQueen would play with his hat, his gun, check his bullets, etc., constantly drawing attention to himself.
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The scene where Steve McQueen gets the chair slammed into his face was performed with a barrier of thick bulletproof glass that was positioned between McQueen and the chair. This greatly enhanced the "impact" of the scene to make it extremely realistic to the viewer, and yet safe for McQueen.
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The scene of the cattle being driven through the railroad yard in Abilene was taken at the "Laws Railroad Museum" near Bishop,CA. You can see the Sierra Mountain Range to the west in this scene; there are no mountains near Abilene.
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While dining in Baton Rouge, LA, 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.
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The cast and crew suffered from harsh filming conditions.
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Brian Keith's character is Jonas Cord, who is the same character played by Leif Erickson in "The Carpetbaggers (1964)."
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Steve McQueen was widely felt to be miscast as Nevada Smith.
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There were complaints that Steve McQueen looked older than the actress playing his mother in this film.
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Although she is billed above the title, Suzanne Pleshette does not appear until the 72-minute mark.
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The Strother Martin character (sitting in the bathtub while cowboys are getting ready) coincidentally has the screen name of "Strother."
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Critics complained that Steve McQueen and Brian Keith looked too close in age, as Jonas Cord was supposed to be much older than Max Sand.
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It was suggested a younger actor should have played Max Sand in the opening scenes.
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A buckboard sign is misspelled "McCandles" instead of "McCanles". John Doucette who plays Uncle Ben McCanles, plays the Sheriff in Big Jake (1971) with John Wayne. Wayne's character name was Jacob McCandles.
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Final theatrical film for John Litel.
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Final film of Ric Roman.
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The casting of the blond, blue-eyed Steve McQueen as a half-Indian has often been condemned as racist.
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Clint Walker was announced for a part in late 1964.
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This is the first of two films in which Steve McQueen played a convict in a fenceless prison surrounded by an impenetrable swamp. The second was "Papillon (1973) ."
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Finnish visa #74445 delivered on 23-8-1966.
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Spoilers 

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The name "Nevada Smith" was not mentioned until Steve McQueen said it 1 hour and 52 minutes into the film.
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