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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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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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25 September 1974 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A kaliforniai kölyök  »

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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

Until 1961, all road striping in California was white. Many shots show yellow center striping. It may have been possible for the double yellow lines to be present but single dashed striping was white until the rules changed 1971. California, as with most of the USA repainted from 1971-1975. The film is set in 1958. See more »

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Sheriff Roy Childress: I want you out of this town today McCord.
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What became of Sgt. Saunders
1 February 2013 | by (Phoenix, Arizona, United States) – See all my reviews

Did honorable Sgt Saunders go home after the war and run for sheriff of a small California town? Somehow this made for TV movie from 1974 eluded me. See pre-liberal panty-waiste Martin Sheen in a James Deanesk role avenging the murder of his motorist brother take on an anything but honorable Vic Morrow playing a sleazy and corrupt town sheriff who hates speedsters and will do anything it takes to run them off the road with the front bumper of his '57 Plymouth. This jewel which takes place in 1957 but filmed in 1974 is filled with goofs and anachronisms galor and solid acting by the above as well as Nick Nolte and former Mama Phillips taking up time and space as the local coffee shop waitress and Rockford Files alum, Stewart Margolin playing it straight as Morrow's lacki deputy.


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