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Bite the Bullet

A straining think-piece on Western/American morality and values, Brooks' would-be epic charts a 700-mile horse race as a simplistic graph of courage, caring and callousness, with Hackman and Coburn emerging as Professional-like pillars of integrity from a meltingly macho proving ground. Any random thought ever committed to paper about the intrinsic 'messages' of the Western genre here turns up as a line of speechifying dialogue: the result is a folly stultified by its own seriousness.

Release details

Duration: 131 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Richard Brooks
Screenwriter: Richard Brooks
Cast: Gene Hackman
Candice Bergen
James Coburn
Ben Johnson
Ian Bannen
Jan-Michael Vincent
Paul Stewart
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