Bite the Bullet

Synopsis: At the beginning of the 20th century, a newspaper organizes an endurance horse race: 700 miles to run in a few days. 9 adventurers are competing, among them a woman, Miss Jones, a Mexican, an Englishman, a young cowboy, an old one and two friends, Sam Clayton and Luke Matthews. All those individualists will learn to respect each other.
Director(s): Richard Brooks
Production: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 win.
Rotten Tomatoes:
132 min

Heard your paper

was running an honest race.

You heard right, Mr. Gebhardt.

Well, who in hell handicapped

this owlhead as a favourite?

- The smart money.

- That's what we come to get.

She's all finished, boy.

Yeah, she's all finished.

Must be the dude from London.

How's he going to win a 700-mile race,

sitting on a postage stamp?

He won't win.

Wonderful journey, wonderful.

Miss Jones?

Reporter for the Western Press.

- You the one said I wouldn't show up?

- I'm pleased to be wrong.

In that case, pleased to meet you.

Don't you never touch me. Never.


How much?

Civil War? South?

These days, medals from losers

is worth nothing. No offence, mister.

$300's a bet.


$250? Call.

Two pair.

You drew to an inside straight?


- I think it's rather sporting.

- I hope your horse doesn't run as lucky.

My horse is the luckiest horse in the West,

but he never plays cards for money.

We've had more than sixty letters to the

editor asking why is a woman in the race.

- Written by men?

- Mostly women.

They figure

you must have a special reason.

Two thousand reasons.

How about you, Mr. Carbo?

Can your horse

stand up against thoroughbreds?

My bronc only has to be

half as good as them hotbloods...

...'cause I'm twice as good

as these oldbloods.

I've never been committed to defeat

quite so tactfully.

This race will be won by a horse.

Not a mouth.

Won by a bronco.

No thoroughbred has the speed,

wind or bottom of a mustang.

Not for 700 miles,

and that includes your Arabian.

$5,000. My horse against the field.

- Even money?

- How about you?

- $3,000.

- I'll cover the rest.

There's plenty more, if you're game.

One game at a time, Mr. Parker.

Where is this great horse of his, anyway?

Coming aboard next stop.

- Good to have you with us. Mr. Parker.

- Thank you.

- Where the hell is my horse? Seen her?

- Was she here?

- She's supposed to be.

- Was I supposed to see her?

You can't miss her.

She's got "champion" written all over her.

I see. That explains everything.

I don't read.

Hold your damn horses!

We're running late.

You're not leaving without my horse.

- You know the rules, Mr. Parker.

- The hell with your rules.


Can you spare some milk

for a hungry orphan?

He don't know anything

but his mom's teat.

You like horses?

You got one of your own?

You want one?

You got one, then.

- Don't I got to pay something?

- Yeah.

Don't ever treat him bad.

You're in the big time.

I'm in the shithouse.

- Out.

- For what?

- Hustling.

- That's a crime? They're all hustlers.

They work for me. You don't.

That makes it a crime.

Ride him, cowboy! Ride him!

Whiskey for me, and beer for my horse.

Cowboy always tends to his horse first.

Telegraph Chicago.

You're covered, $15,000 at 7-to-5.

$12,000 in Kansas City, even money.

- Call off all bets.

- Can't be done, baby. It's play or pay.

- Get through to my son.

- On his way. He'll be here before dark.

- Your father left about an hour ago.

- What about Tripoli? He show yet?

- No, sir.

- He's stupid.

$40,000 bet on a missing horse,

in the hands of a fool.

- Two important regulations. Rule One...

- Win!

Rule One:
Each horse

must carry no less than 160 pounds...

...including rider, saddle and extras.

Rule Two:
You'll be issued a compass

and a map for every leg of the race.

On it, you'll find the safest route.

You don't have to take it.

You do have to make every checkpoint.

Miss one, you're disqualified.

Out of the race.

Any questions?

Jump-off time:
6:00 in the morning.

Hey, British.

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Richard Brooks

Richard Brooks (May 18, 1912 – March 11, 1992) was an American screenwriter, film director, novelist and film producer. Nominated for eight Oscars in his career, he was best known for Blackboard Jungle (1955), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958) Elmer Gantry (1960; for which he won the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay), In Cold Blood (1967) and Looking for Mr. Goodbar (1977). more…

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