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- 2 hr 8 min
Nevada Smith is a classic western film, released in 1966 and starring the legendary Steve McQueen as the titular character. The movie is directed by Henry Hathaway, based on Harold Robbins' novel The Carpetbaggers. Set in the mid-19th century, Nevada Smith tells the story of a young man who is driven by the desire for revenge against the men who killed his parents.
The film begins with a brutal scene of a gang of three men attacking and murdering Nevada's parents in their humble cabin in the woods. The young boy, witness to the tragedy but able to escape, determines himself to track down the culprits - Bill Bowdre, Tom Fitch and Jesse Coe. The film follows Nevada's journey as he sets out to find the men responsible for his parents' death and bring them to justice.
The story is set across many different locations - from the swamps of Louisiana to the deserts of Texas and the mountains of Montana. Along the way, Nevada searches for clues and, at times, must resort to violence to get the information he needs to locate the three men. But every step of the way, he is relentlessly pursued by the men he is hunting who are determined to stop him at any cost.
As Nevada's quest for justice continues, he is aided by various people he meets along the way. Karl Malden plays the role of the prospector, Jesse Coe, who becomes friendly to Nevada and provides him with shelter and supplies. Brian Keith plays the role of the prison warden, who initially puts Nevada behind bars, and later helps him escape to continue his pursuit. Along the way, Nevada also meets a young Navajo girl, Neesa, who becomes his love interest and aids him in his mission.
Steve McQueen's portrayal of Nevada Smith is exemplary, one of his career highlights, full of stoic intensity and admirable conviction. He delivers an unforgettable performance that drives the film's narrative, navigated by a thirst for revenge which ultimately culminates in the long-awaited final showdown between Nevada and the three outlaws who killed his parents.
Nevada Smith's high production values, the excellent cinematography, sweeping landscapes of the American West, the thundering horse chases, desolate gun battles, and emotionally driven story makes it highly regarded as one of the finest Western films ever made. The film also boasts an incredible soundtrack by composer Alfred Newman which captures the breadth of the movie's drama, directed by Henry Hathaway, a true master of his craft.
In conclusion, Nevada Smith is a gripping, harrowing and highly engaging western film characterized by magnificent performances, great action sequences and a storyline that redefines a classic movie genre. With Steve McQueen's raw intensity, Hathaway's deft hand and a script that namesake Harold Robbins would be famously proud of, this movie is highly recommended for anyone looking for a thrilling, emotionally charged ride.
Nevada Smith is a 1966 action movie with a runtime of 2 hours and 8 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.9.