Nevada Smith Movie Review Summary

Actors: Steve McQueen, Karl Malden, Arthur Kennedy, Suzanne Pleshette

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“So we killed his parents. Who'd have thought he'd make a big deal about it?” That's the attitude of three outlaws who brutally murder a rancher and his Indian wife in front of young Max Sand (McQueen).
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Following the slaughter, Max swears revenge under the name Nevada Smith. Barely in his twenties and unable to read, write or shoot, he meets Jonas Cord (Brian Keith), a decent gun merchant. Cord cannot dissuade Nevada from the futility of his pursuit and teaches him to play Poker and to shoot, “you learn to do that with either hand, when you're drunk or asleep, or with the sun in your eyes and you might stand a chance.”

Undaunted, Nevada hunts his quarry, one by one, through gambling halls, brothels and a Southern chain gang until the terrified Fitch (Karl Malden) realizes, “he doesn't just chase you. He executes you.”

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Actual chase scenes or violence 30%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 30%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 40% Time/Era of Movie:    -   16th-19th century Western    -   Yes Kind of western:    -   hunting down outlaws

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   unemployed Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   West Prairie?    -   Yes Misc setting    -   prison    -   building    -   church/synagogue

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   non-gory references to death/punishment Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes Kind of violence:    -   guns    -   knives Unusual forms of death    -   poisoning    -   impaled    -   perforation--bullets    -   perforation--swords/knives Any profanity?    -   Occasional swearing Is this movie based on a    -   book

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