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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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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
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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)
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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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25 September 1974 (USA)  »

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A kaliforniai kölyök  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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Don's ride was a 1951 Ford coupe. Michael's ride was a 1934 Ford three-window coupe. See more »

Goofs

When "The Kid" shows his car to the sheriff, the fuel induction setup appears to be four two-barrel carburetors on a small-block Chevy. Later, when "The Kid" is working on his car at the garage, the engine has a Holley four-barrel carburetor. See more »

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Sheriff Roy Childress: I want you out of this town today McCord.
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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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