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Elmore Leonard (written by)
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Release Date:
14 July 1972 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
If you're looking for trouble - - - he's JOE KIDD
Plot:
An ex-bounty hunter reluctantly helps a wealthy landowner and his henchmen track down a Mexican revolutionary leader. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Just don't kid around with Joe Kidd, okay… See more (61 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Clint Eastwood ... Joe Kidd

Robert Duvall ... Frank Harlan

John Saxon ... Luis Chama

Don Stroud ... Lamarr
Stella Garcia ... Helen Sanchez
James Wainwright ... Mingo

Paul Koslo ... Roy

Gregory Walcott ... Mitchell

Dick Van Patten ... Hotel Manager
Lynne Marta ... Elma

John Carter ... Judge
Pepe Hern ... Priest

Joaquín Martínez ... Manolo (as Joaquin Martinez)
Ron Soble ... Ramon
Pepe Callahan ... Naco
Clint Ritchie ... Calvin
Gil Barreto ... Emilio
Ed Deemer ... Bartender
Maria Val ... Vita
Chuck Hayward ... Eljay
Michael R. Horst ... Deputy
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rick Kahana ... Altar Boy (uncredited)
Read Morgan ... Cowboy (uncredited)
Steve Moriarty ... Citizen (uncredited)
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Directed by
John Sturges 
 
Writing credits
Elmore Leonard (written by)

Produced by
Sidney Beckerman .... producer
Robert Daley .... executive producer
Clint Eastwood .... executive producer (uncredited)
Jennings Lang .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Lalo Schifrin 
 
Cinematography by
Bruce Surtees (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Ferris Webster 
 
Art Direction by
Henry Bumstead 
Alexander Golitzen 
 
Set Decoration by
Charles S. Thompson (set decorations)
 
Production Management
Ernest B. Wehmeyer .... unit production manager (as Ernest Wehmeyer)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
James Fargo .... assistant director (as Jim Fargo)
 
Art Department
Ralph Horn .... stagehand (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
James R. Alexander .... sound
Waldon O. Watson .... sound
 
Stunts
Buddy Van Horn .... stunt coordinator
Steven Burnett .... stunts (uncredited)
Tap Canutt .... stunts (uncredited)
Running Deer .... stunts (uncredited)
Mickey Gilbert .... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Hayward .... stunts (uncredited)
Bob Herron .... stunts (uncredited)
Kim Kahana .... stunts (uncredited)
George Orrison .... stunts (uncredited)
Walter Scott .... stunts (uncredited)
Buddy Van Horn .... stunt double (uncredited)
Autry Ward .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Frank Kennedy .... extras casting (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Chuck Queenan .... unit publicist (uncredited)
Jack N. Young .... location manager (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
88 min
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Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Australia:M | Finland:K-16 | Germany:16 (DVD rating) | Iceland:16 | Norway:15 | Norway:16 (1972) | Singapore:PG | Spain:13 | Sweden:15 | UK:AA (original rating) | UK:15 (tv rating) | UK:15 (video rating) (1987) (1993) (2003) | USA:PG | West Germany:16 (nf)

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Trivia:
The custom Savage 99 that Frank Harlan carries is a left hand model.See more »
Goofs:
Errors in geography: When Joe Kidd and the towns people are imprisoned in the church, the padre tells Kidd that today is the Feast of St. James. The Feast of St. James occurs on July 25. Throughout the film, it clearly is on the shoulder of winter (fall or spring) with the characters wearing heavy coats and small patches of snow visible in the mountains around the desert.See more »
Quotes:
Joe Kidd:[With Lamar pointing a gun at him] Lamar, I gotta dollar here says I can break your neck 'for you get that rig moved a half inch.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Major Movie Star (2008)See more »

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13 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Just don't kid around with Joe Kidd, okay…, 23 April 2008
Author: Roger Burke from Brisbane, Australia

Just another vehicle for Dirty Harry in the west? Well, not quite. This time round, Clint plays the title role – an individualist, of course, and one with a sense of justice not unlike Dirty Harry; where Joe Kidd differs is that he has no truck with the law and prefers the hunter's life on the range.

Which, in turn, causes him to wind up in jail because, in the opener, we find Joe in jail having been charged with hunting deer on reservation land. After being summarily fined $10 and deciding to work out the fine in jail instead, the court proceedings are interrupted by a large band of Mexicans desperately seeking justice about land claims in the area.

During the subsequent shooting melee when the Mexicans attempt to kidnap the county judge, Joe takes the initiative and gets the judge safely away, and out of harm. After the bandits run, Joe settles down to work off his jail term of ten days – only to be hauled out of that predicament by Robert Duvall's nasty business tycoon, Frank Harlan, who wants to hunt down, with his own band of killers, the leader of the Mexican band, Luis Chama, as portrayed by John Saxon.

Thereafter follows an inventive narrative and denouement as written by one of America's best writers, Elmore Leonard, involving a hunt to the high sierras and a Mexican standoff – and a Mexican standoff - between the Mexican bandits, the American bounty hunters and finally Joe who escapes the clutches of the bounty hunters to try to persuade Chama to plead his case in a court of law.

To say more would ruin the plot for you. Clint does his usual laconic, iron-fisted turn with revolver, rifle and now pistol – an automatic German C96 Mauser, no less (the setting is in 1897 or so, and that pistol began production in 1896). Robert Duvall is suitably slimy and duplicitous, hell bent on killing whomever he wishes to get his way; perhaps a bit of a parody of bad guy, but what the hey! The real parody, however, is Don Stroud, as Lamarr, the gunman who just can't behave while Joe Kidd is around. While John Saxon's Mexican bandit, Luis Chama, is sympathetically done.

The setting is simply and starkly beautiful – snow capped peaks in the sierra, the undulating plain, a frontier town, rocky outcrops, a small village with the inevitable church and bell tower which plays an important and somewhat comedic part in the battle between the competing bands. Director Sturges certainly took advantage of the natural splendor to make this film all that more enjoyable.

As always, though, my criticism with Hollywood Westerns made from the fifties to the seventies generally is that the characters are way too clean: these were rough conditions, dirty times, filthy streets. I know there were exceptions, but that just proved the rule. Eastwood's Unforgiven (1995), Jamurschs' Dead Man (1996) or Cimino's Heaven's Gate (1992) redressed that aspect very nicely, however.

For 84 minutes you'll enjoy a good story, well acted and with appropriate action. See it if you can. Recommended for all.

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