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The California Kid (1974)

TV Movie  |  Not Rated  |   |  Action, Thriller  |  25 September 1974 (USA)
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A deranged, desert town sheriff has a murderous habit or forcing speeders to their deaths, until a young man with a souped-up hotrod arrives to possibly end it.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Michael McCord
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Sheriff Roy Childress
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Maggie
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Deputy
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Buzz Stafford
Janit Baldwin ...
Sissy
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Lyle Stafford
Frederic Downs ...
Judge J.A. Hooker
Don Mantooth ...
Jack (as Donald Mantooth)
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Don McCord (as Joseph Estevez)
Britt Leach ...
Johnny
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Howard
Barbara Collentine ...
Edith
Michael Richardson ...
Charley
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Tom
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A sadistic small-town sheriff has a habit of deliberately forcing speeders to their deaths on the mountain roads leading into town. The brother of one of the victims rolls into town in his hot rod to investigate his brother's death. Written by Anonymous

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In this town a speeding ticket is a death sentence

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Action | Thriller

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25 September 1974 (USA)  »

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A kaliforniai kölyök  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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This was ABC-TV's 200th "Movie of the Week". See more »

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During one chase, the striping on the road is yellow, a second take the striping is white. During the time of filming, the USA was changing from white road striping to yellow See more »

Quotes

Sheriff Roy Childress: I want you out of this town today McCord.
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Cool!
6 January 2013 | by (WILMINGTON, NC) – See all my reviews

Speed traps, they can be a pain. But for a sheriff in a California town, it can be lethal. Getting a ticket is bad enough, but what this lawman does, it's even worse. 1958, Clarksburg, California, there's a curve known for high speed traps. And if you're not careful, you will get popped. That's what happened to some Navy men one day. But rather than getting pulled over, they get run off the cliff by the sheriff. In comes a stranger in a 1934 Ford coupe hot rod who would later challenge the sheriff. It turned out that the stranger is the brother of the Navy sailor killed in the accident. And speaking of accidents, the sheriff lost his family in one which made him totally unhinged. The sheriff really crossed the line when he chased the brother of the town mechanic and ran him off the road. Now with two angry brothers, it's time for the ultimate showdown. After spending time adjusting his car to that curve, he really puts it to the test. As for that sheriff, just say justice has been served. Martin Sheen plays it cool, Michelle Phillips shined on as the café worker. And Vic Morrow did well as the "bully with the badge". A very cool TV movie there!


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