- Bite the Bullet (film)
name = Bite the Bullet
film posterby Brian Bysouth
producer = Richard Brooks
writer = Richard Brooks
Gene Hackman James Coburn Candice Bergen
Harry Stradling Jr.
runtime = 131 min.
imdb_id = 0072705
Based on actual racing events in the early
twentieth century, the film concerns a grueling 700 milecross-country horse racein 1906 and the way it affects the lives of the various participants. A colorful group of contestants, including two former Rough Riders(Hackman and Coburn), a lady of little virtue (Bergen), a punk kid (Vincent), a Mexican with a toothache (Mario Arteaga), an old man (Johnson) and an English gentleman (Bannen), arrive on the scene and for various reasons attempt to win the competition. The film touches on the themes of sportsmanship, friendship, animal cruelty, the yellow press, racism, the end of the West, and much more. As the race progresses, the conditions test not only the endurance of horses and riders but also their philosophies of life and the meaning of winning and losing.
Charles Bronsonturned down the lead role of Sam Clayton before Gene Hackman was eventually cast. The movie was filmed on location in New Mexicoand Nevada, and begins in a church in the small town of La Puente, New Mexico. There are numerous scenes of steam locomotivesat work, shot along the Cumbres and Toltec (formerly Rio Grande) narrow gauge railway between Chama, New Mexicoand Antonito, Colorado.
God, what ain't I tried. Pony express rider, Overland Stage driver, lawman, gambler, riverman, rancher, rodeo hand, barman, spittoon man... old man. Never much to remember. Of course, there ain't much to forget, either. Nobody's got much use for an old man. I can't blame 'em much. That's why I'm going to win this here newspaper race. When I cross the finish line, I get to be a big man. Top man. A man to remember."
*Mister: "I've never saw a man who could hold his
liquorlike a bottle."
*Clayton: "The people some people marry."
*Miss Jones: "Killing a man don't prove you're a man".
*imdb title|id=0072705|title=Bite the Bullet
* [http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/19750627/REVIEWS/506270301/1023 Roger Ebert review, "Bite the Bullet"]
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