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
Joe Estevez, who played the sailor driving the car (Don McCord), is the real life younger brother of Martin Sheen, who played Don's brother in the movie. See more »
When "The Kid" shows his car to the Sheriff, the fuel induction setup appears to be four 2-barrel carburetors on a small block Chevy. Later, when "The Kid" is working on his car at the garage, the engine has a Holley 4-barrel carburetor. See more »
Martin Sheen's brother (in this case, truly it is, in real life) is killed by a local sheriff, who enjoys pushing speeders off a cliff 2 miles from the state line.
Martin drives a beautiful sports car, with "The California Kid" painted on the side, hence the name of the movie.
This movie has at least 5 times where no words are spoken for several minutes, an interesting feature.
Young Nick Nolte does a good job, especially after his brother drives off that infamous cliff. Stuart Margolin plays an understated role as a deputy sheriff. And Michelle (Mamas and the Papas) Phillips does an OK job as a waitress.
This is a satisfying movie.
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