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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 (Clint Eastwood) 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 (John Saxon) is their charismatic leader, spouting revolutionary rhetoric and demanding land reform. A wealthy landowner with interests in the disputed area, Frank Harlan (Robert Duvall), 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 »

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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:

$6,330,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,330,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

The Malpaso Company See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This is the last time someone else (John Sturges) directed Clint Eastwood in a western. Eastwood's next four westerns would not only be his last, but were all directed by Eastwood. See more »

Goofs

When Joe shoots Mingo he shoots left handed. All other shots are right handed. See more »

Quotes

Joe Kidd: [With Lamar pointing a gun at him] Lamar, I gotta dollar here says I can break your neck 'for you get that rig moved a half inch.
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Referenced in Private Valentine: Blonde & Dangerous (2008) See more »

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Clint Rides The Train
18 January 2009 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Clint Eastwood plays the title role in Joe Kidd a former bounty hunter and tracker hired by big rancher Robert Duvall to bring in John Saxon. Saxon's a local hero among the Mexican population in this southwestern based film for standing up to the Anglo ranchers like Robert Duvall who've robbed them of their lands both gunfighters and with bought justice in the courts.

It doesn't take Clint long to decide he's made a big mistake as Duvall's hired bully boys intimidate the local Chicano population. The last straw is when Duvall and company ride into a pueblo, have the local priest Pepe Hern summon all the villagers, where he announces the next morning he'll shoot five people if they don't surrender Saxon or give him information where Saxon is. The sort of stuff the Nazis did in their occupied countries. Duvall anticipates Clint's change of mind by taking his gun and locking him up as well. But of course there's no way that's going to stop Clint Eastwood.

Not that Saxon is anything to write home about. He's a bit of a lout himself, especially in the way he treats his girl friend Stella Garcia. As he so eloquently puts it, all he wants her for is something to keep warm with on those cold nights on the prairie and he's not interested in her opinion. Talk about your alpha male on the prairie. Still he's one of the good guys for better or worse.

I don't think Joe Kidd measures up to Clint Eastwood westerns like The Unforgiven or Pale Rider or The Outlaw Josey Wales. But it's one of the most entertaining he ever did. I'm not bored by one second of it and I do love that climax where Eastwood makes use of that locomotive in a creative fashion. Joe Kidd is definitely an Eastwood film for the ages.


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