Nevada Smith (1966)


“[Cord shoots a bottle out of the air] Now you get so you can do that with either hand, when you’re half-drunk, or half-awake, or inside of a dark room, off the back of a running horse, you might stand a chance. A small chance.” – Jonas Cord

Number of Times Seen – 1 (22 Feb 2018)

Brief Synopsis – After his parents are murdered by three men, a young rancher decides to track them down and exact his revenge on them.

My Take on it – This is a film that starts off really well and then unfortunately stumbles along the way, yet still manages to find itself towards the end.

As a revenge film, it works quite well and both the audience and characters learn so much along the way.

Loved the way that this film is able to keep changing its element for every segment while still being able to keep the overall theme and momentum of the film at the forefront.

The biggest problem of this film tho is the casting of Steve McQueen in the lead role.

I have always loved him in just about anything he did, yet here he just doesn’t succeed in portraying a character 20+ years his junior.

The character should be a teenager, but the 36 year old McQueen just can’t pull that off no matter how hard he tries.

In addition to McQueen, this film has a great cast with Martin Landau, Suzanne Pleshette, Karl Malden, Brian Keith and Arthur Kennedy in supporting roles

Keith stands out here and his character is the best of the lot IMHO and outshines the rest.

He serves as a moral compass, conscience and mentor to a character with only one thing on his mind; revenge.

Bottom Line – Great story that might have been even better with a younger actor taking on the title role. McQueen, as great an actor as he was isn’t able to drop 20 years to make this work better. Loved the way that this film changes its elements along the way yet still keeps to the overall theme of the story.  Keith is great in his role and shines among all of the stars of this film.  His character is both a conscience for the story and a mentor for McQueen’s character. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – 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. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)

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