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The California Kid (1974)

TV Movie  -   -  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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Storyline

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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Release Date:

25 September 1974 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A kaliforniai kölyök  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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(Technicolor)

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

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

Howard: Your Honor, I plead nolo contendere.
Judge J.A. Hooker: That's the same as guilty. That will be a one hundred dollar fine or 10 days in the county jail.
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Second Only To "Bullitt"
6 February 2000 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

I was about thirteen when this movie came out on television. It is far superior in action than most movies since. Martin Sheen is excellent, and though Nick Nolte has a small part, he too provides excellent support. Vic Morrow as the villain is superb.

When Sheen "tests the water" in his '34 Ford (COOL) along the mountainous highway it is spectacular!

The ending is grand.

I'm disappointed in the low vote this received. I figure the younger generations have more interest in much of the junk that is coming out these days.

Good taste eludes the masses!


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