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Nevada Smith Details


Henry Hathaway's film is based on a character from Harold Robbins' The Carpetbaggers, who, in turn, based it on cowboy actor Ken Maynard. Set in the West of the 1890s, the film opens with the torture and murder of the parents of Max Sand (Steve McQueen) by a trio of gunslingers seemingly motivated by their hostility toward the mixed nature of the marriage, since the wife is a Native American. Swearing revenge, the young cowhand enlists the help of itinerant gunsmith Jonas Cord Brian Keith, who teaches him how to shoot while counseling against revenge. Nonetheless, Sand doggedly scours one town after the other before finally running up against one of the murderers, Jesse Coe (Martin Landau). He finally kills Coe in a vicious knife fight, but is severely wounded himself and has to be nursed back to health by Neesa (Janet Margolin), a young Kiowa woman. He next heads for Louisiana where another of the murderous trio, Bill Bowdre (Arthur Kennedy), is serving a prison sentence in a remote swamp. In order to get close to the man, Sand stages a robbery, and is soon among the prison inmates. This was the only film on which McQueen worked with Landau, the only other person admitted to the Actor's Studio out of thousands of applicants in 1957. ~ Michael Costello, Rovi


Steve McQueen
as Nevada Smith/Max Sand
Karl Malden
as Tom Fitch
Brian Keith
as Jonas Cord
Arthur Kennedy
as Bill Bowdre
Suzanne Pleshette
as Pilar
Raf Vallone
as Father Zaccardi
Janet Margolin
as Neesa
Pat Hingle
as Big Foot
Howard Da Silva
as Warden
Martin Landau
as Jesse Coe
Paul Fix
as Sheriff Bonnell
Gene Evans
as Sam Sand
Josephine Hutchinson
as Mrs. Elvira McCanles
John Doucette
as Uncle Ben McCanles
Val Avery
as Buck Mason
Sheldon Allman
as Sheriff
Lyle Bettger
as Jack Rudabaugh
Bert Freed
as Quince
Merritt Bohn
as Riverboat Pilot
Stanley Adams
as Storekeeper
George Mitchell
as Paymaster
John Litel
as Doctor
Ted de Corsia
as Hudson, Bartender
Strother Martin
as Strother


Henry Hathaway
Henry Hathaway
John Michael Hayes
Lucien Ballard
Alfred Newman
Composer (Music Score)
Hal Pereira
Art Director
Tambi Larsen
Art Director
Robert R. Benton
Set Designer
Harold Lewis
Sound/Sound Designer
Herbert Coleman
Production Manager
Wally Westmore
Del Acevedo