Nevada Smith

Nevada Smith

Director: Henry Hathaway Cast: Steve McQueen, Karl Malden, Brian Keith
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Nevada Smith 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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A vastly, incredibly underappreciated western. Actually, more of a odessy set in a western mold. Don't forget the beautifully staged fight scenes. The knife fight between Landau and Mcqueen should be right there with Stagecoach; I'm sorry. I have to say it. These rigid definitions/opinions of what a classic western are are helping to stagnate interest in the genre. There's no credit given to westerns that rank with Die Niebelungen in poetic grace and austerity. The story is brutally simple, following a youth(Mcqueen) through a fixation on revenge that lasts years, encompassing a vast, gigantic, unexplored world to the young man in the process. He's given some valuable advice, but we know he's going to learn the hard way. Mcqueen is masterfully understated here, blending humility into an inexperienced ''half-breed'' youth. Kennedy and Malden are vivid in their clever presentations. I don't know who's more evil: Landau or Malden. Its as if we're witnessing the first results of an incredible sea-change in acting style, reminiscent of HOMBRE more than THE SEARCHERS. There's much more intimacy here, therefore more ''reality''.