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The California Kid (1974)

A deranged desert town sheriff has a murderous habit of forcing speeders to their deaths, until a young man with a souped-up hotrod arrives to possibly end it.




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Buzz Stafford
Lyle Stafford
Frederic Downs ...
Don Mantooth ...
Jack (as Donald Mantooth)
Don McCord (as Joseph Estevez)
Barbara Collentine ...


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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Release Date:

25 September 1974 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

California Kid  »

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(Westrex Recording System)



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1.33 : 1
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Vic Morrow's ride is a 1957 Plymouth Belvedere. 1957 and '58 Plymouth cars were a popular choice for late fifties police. See more »


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


Sheriff Roy Childress: I want you out of this town today McCord.
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A VERY different revenge movie
10 March 2012 | by See all my reviews

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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