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Joe Kidd (1972)

PG | | Western | 19 July 1972 (USA)
An ex-bounty hunter reluctantly helps a wealthy landowner and his henchmen track down a Mexican revolutionary leader.

Director:

John Sturges

Writer:

Elmore Leonard

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Clint Eastwood ... Joe Kidd
Robert Duvall ... Frank Harlan
John Saxon ... Luis Chama
Don Stroud ... Lamarr
Stella Garcia ... Helen Sanchez
James Wainwright ... Mingo
Paul Koslo ... Roy
Gregory Walcott ... Mitchell
Dick Van Patten ... Hotel Manager
Lynne Marta ... Elma
John Carter ... Judge
Pepe Hern Pepe Hern ... Priest
Joaquín Martínez ... Manolo (as Joaquin Martinez)
Ron Soble ... Ramon
Pepe Callahan Pepe Callahan ... Naco
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Storyline

Joe Kidd is a former bounty hunter and all-around tough-guy in the American Southwest. When a band of Mexicans find their U. S. land claims denied and all relevant records destroyed in a courthouse fire, they turn to force of arms. Luis Chama is their charismatic leader, spouting revolutionary rhetoric and demanding land reform. A wealthy landowner with interests in the disputed area, Frank Harlan, decides to settle things his own way. He hires a band of killers and wants Joe Kidd to help them track Chama. Initially, Kidd wants to avoid any involvement, until Chama makes the mistake of stealing Kidd's horses and terrorizing his friends. Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

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Taglines:

If you're looking for trouble - - - he's JOE KIDD

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

19 July 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sinola See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$5,800,000, 31 December 1972
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Company Credits

Production Co:

The Malpaso Company See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In an interview given to French student Emmanuel Laborit in 1990, John Sturges said he had a lot of problems directing Clint Eastwood, and regretted that he did not resign during filming. See more »

Goofs

When Joe Kidd is kissing Elma, Harlan's girlfriend, they are interrupted by one of Harlan's henchmen (Gannon). Elma turns her head to the right to look at him. In the next shot her head is turned to the left as she looks back to Kidd. See more »

Quotes

Helen Sanchez: He is right, we must give ourselves up, don't you see? There is no other way.
Luis Chama: I do not care what you think. I take you along for cold nights and days when there is nothing to do. Not to hear you talk.
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Decent, if not the most memorable Eastwood Western
21 September 2006 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This is a pretty good though very simple Western and I am sure that the somewhat low ratings are due, in part, to the movie not being exactly what Clint Eastwood fans expected. In this film, he plays Joe Kidd--a decent sort of guy but not exactly as super-human as "the man with no name" in his Spaghetti Westerns. He's a lot like Eastwood in UNFORGIVEN because he seems not so super-human, except that he is a fundamentally decent person in JOE KIDD, whereas in UNFORGIVEN he's almost like a multiple personality (one nice and the other evil). The character Joe Kidd shows off his abilities here and there, but he isn't the amazing man with a 6-shooter as you'd expect from Eastwood either--though he sure does pretty well with a rifle or train (you'll have to see what I mean by seeing the picture). So overall, this film is very good but a bit subdued and more realistic than most of Eastwood's Westerns--plus at under 90 minutes, it's pretty short as well. One way I knew this was a pretty good flick was that my wife sat and watched the film with me--and she hates Westerns.


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