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Joe Kidd (1972)

PG | | Western | 19 July 1972 (USA)
An ex-bounty hunter reluctantly helps a wealthy landowner and his henchmen track down a Mexican revolutionary leader.

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Frank Harlan
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Luis Chama
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Lamarr
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Helen Sanchez
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Mingo
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Roy
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Mitchell
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Hotel Manager
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Elma
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Judge
Pepe Hern ...
Priest
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Manolo (as Joaquin Martinez)
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Ramon
Pepe Callahan ...
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Joe Kidd is a former bounty hunter and all-around tough-guy in the American Southwest. When a band of Mexicans find their U. S. land claims denied and all relevant records destroyed in a courthouse fire, they turn to force of arms. Luis Chama is their charismatic leader, spouting revolutionary rhetoric and demanding land reform. A wealthy landowner with interests in the disputed area, Frank Harlan, decides to settle things his own way. He hires a band of killers and wants Joe Kidd to help them track Chama. Initially, Kidd wants to avoid any involvement, until Chama makes the mistake of stealing Kidd's horses and terrorizing his friends. Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

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If you're looking for trouble - - - he's JOE KIDD

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In the original script, Luis Chama was a more heroic and multi-layered character but Clint Eastwood wanted to be seen as the hero, so this was changed throughout filming. John Saxon said "Clint needed to be the guy who dealt with all the action, so in the end, Chama was smeared with self-serving and cowardice, so it was clear who the main hero was". Saxon attended a NOSOTROS meeting - a Latin American organization opposed to stereotypes, and publicly apologized for playing such a dubious character. See more »

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The character of Joe Kidd says that he shot a buck mule deer "over south of Monero," and Mitchell says that's on the Jicarilla reservation. It isn't. South of what's left of Monero is not on the reservation; in fact, Monero is east of the reservation. In between Monero and Dulce (which is on the reservation) is a very small town, Lumberton. There is no way at all that Kidd could have been charged with hunting on reservation land if he were south of Monero. See more »

Quotes

Judge: Do you know it's against the law to hunt on Reservation land?
Joe Kidd: Well the deer didn't know where he was, and I wasn't sure either.
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References The Great Silence (1968) See more »

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Not one of Clint's best western but it's still decent
14 October 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This may not be one of the best western to feature Clint Eastwood, but it's still a decent western. Yeah, the plot maybe a bit standard but still the movie does have it's moments few times. The triumphant soundtrack is also a plus. on the negative side the story is pretty standard and the movie just isn't all that character driven either. It just lacked certain elements that made some of Clint's other western films great. The part that I liked was how it's difficult to choose a side for a while. Sometimes the movie seemed to try a bit too hard to show how short tempered and badass the main protagonist is while also having some moral ethics. Although it can sometimes be cool to see the effects of his short temper. Some aspects of this film just seemed a bit forced and although it's a decent western not much really stood out. In fact it seemed more like a western TV show episode than a actual movie. Besides the fact that this movie has two great actors, Clint Eastwood and Robert Duvall.

6.4/10


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