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Wanda Nevada (1979)

PG | | Comedy, Mystery, Romance | June 1979 (USA)
A drifter named Beaudray Demerille wins a young orphan named Wanda in a poker game and takes her gold prospecting in the Grand Canyon.

Director:

Peter Fonda

Writer:

Dennis Hackin
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Fonda ... Beaudray Demerille
Brooke Shields ... Wanda Nevada
Fiona Lewis ... Dorothy Deerfield
Luke Askew ... Ruby Muldoon
Ted Markland ... Strap Pangburn
Severn Darden ... Merlin Bitterstix
Paul Fix ... Texas Curly
Henry Fonda ... Old Prospector
Larry Golden Larry Golden ... Slade - Card Hustler
John Denos John Denos ... Billy - Gas Station Greaser
Bert Williams Bert Williams ... Sherman Krupp - Trading Post Owner
Fred Ashley Fred Ashley ... The Barber
Jason Clark Jason Clark ... Alonzo
Robert V. Walker Jr. Robert V. Walker Jr. ... Poker Player
H. Samuel Hackin H. Samuel Hackin ... Poker Player
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Storyline

Romantic drama following the fortunes of a drifter named Beaudray Demerille (Peter Fonda) who wins a young orphan named Wanda (13-year-old Brooke Shields) in a poker game and takes her gold prospecting in the Grand Canyon. Written by Jonathan Broxton <j.w.broxton@sheffield.ac.uk>

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Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

June 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Wanda Nevada See more »

Filming Locations:

Monument Valley, Arizona, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$2,411,145

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,411,145
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Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Henry Fonda, Peter Fonda's father, plays an old prospector in the Grand Canyon. As the prospector leaves Beaudray and Wanda, the song "Oh My Darling, Clementine" plays on the soundtrack. Henry Fonda starred in the John Ford film My Darling Clementine (1946) as Wyatt Earp. See more »

Goofs

When Beaudray Demerille (Peter Fonda) climbs down the rope to enter the cave with the gold, as the camera watches from his left side he pulls a flashlight out of his belt with his left hand (Fonda is left-handed) and aims it into the cave and starts to take his first step toward the cave, then in the next shot from inside the cave looking at him head-on as he is taking his first step toward the cave, the flashlight has switched to his right hand. See more »

Quotes

Wanda Nevada: Do you think we're headin' in the right direction?
Beaudray Demerille: We wouldn't be headin' in this direction if it weren't right.
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Connections

Referenced in Fonda on Fonda (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

You and Me
Written by Ken Lauber & John J. McElwee
Performed by Asleep at the Wheel
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16 July 2006 | by jmoore-34See all my reviews

OK,I'm prejudiced.I watched this movie in Livingston,Montana when it came out in the local theatre.There were a few rather rowdy folks behind me in an otherwise pretty empty house and they were being a bit noisier than I liked.After a few pointed stares and shushes as the movie started I got PO'D and turned around and flat told them to "shut the Hell up!".It was with some chagrin that about two minutes later I recognized Peter Fonda on screen as the guy sitting behind me.........

Now,context.The movie is set in the early 50's(Studebaker Hawks etc) and the relationship between the Fonda character and the Shields character reflects/mirrors that between jerry lee Lewis and his child bride and Elvis Presley and Priscilla! Either it is totally coincidental or Old Petey was at least trying to be prescient.

Yes it is a kinda dopey movie but I did enjoy it,not just because Peter was sitting behind me (He is a darn nice guy,not at like his nasty sister) but it was just a rather harmless bit of fun movie.Nuff said. John


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