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Wanda Nevada (1979)

PG | | Comedy, Mystery, Romance | June 1979 (USA)
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... See full summary »

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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A PRO & A CON - The rest is history See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

June 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

I koukla tis 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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film credits list Teri Shields as the Motel Clerk. She was the mother of Brooke Shields and was 45 years of age at the time of filming the motel scenes in Prescott, AZ. See more »

Goofs

When Wanda and Beaudray arrive at the bottom of the Grand Canyon, Wanda sits down on a chair beside the blockhouse and is totally in the shadow of the roof. Moments later, she is mostly sitting in the sun while the chair is unmoved. See more »

Quotes

Wanda Nevada: Why do we always have to do it your way?
Beaudray Demerille: Because I got all the money and the guns.
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Featured in Fonda on Fonda (1992) See more »

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A Sweet Treat with an Important Message
29 September 2013 | by drshiSee all my reviews

I find it offensive that so many reviewers have sided with Wanda's oppressors and would rather see her locked up in a "reform school" -- where the only thing that would be re-formed is her sweet spirit. Why have so many people still not realized that chronological age is not an accurate gauge of anyone's emotional maturity? As a Master Yoga Therapist and Jungian, I know that men with black-and-white morality values cannot face finding a thirteen-year-old sexually or romantically attractive; so they suppress their desire and compensate by rejecting the catalyst. A similar syndrome is the father who compensates for an unconscious desire for his daughter by rejecting all her potential suitors as "not good enough" for her. Older women often have problems with those who are young and attractive.

The precious message of this charmingly unpretentious film is this: All General Rules of behavior must be given room for grand exceptions. After all, it is these that make life worth living.


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