Bite the Bullet (1975): Richard Brooks Oscar Nominated Adventure, Starring Gene Hackman, Candice Bergen, James Coburn, Ben Johnson

Richard Brooks wrote and directed this middling adventure, a cross-country horse race to retrieve some treasure.

The only reason to see the film is the high caliber of its ensemble cast.  Gene Hackman plays an animal-loving solitary, Candice Bergen is a voluptuous prostitute, James Coburn is a her outlaw boyfriend, Ben Johnson a sickly cowboy, Ian Bannen a British sportsman, and Jan-Michael Vincent as vocal youngster.

Oscar Nominations: 2

Sound: Arthur Piantadosi, Les Fresholtz, Richard Tyler, and Al Overton, Jr.
Original Score: Alex North

Oscar Awards: None

Oscar Context

In 1975, Spielberg’s blockbuster thriller Jaws won the Sound (Robert L. Hoyt, Roger Heman, Earl Madery, and John Carter) and Original Score (John Williams) Oscars.

Columbia (Pax Enterprises Productions)