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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:
... Michael McCord
... Sheriff Roy Childress
... Maggie
... Deputy
... Buzz Stafford
... Sissy
... Lyle Stafford
Frederic Downs ... Judge J.A. Hooker
Don Mantooth ... Jack (as Donald Mantooth)
... Don McCord (as Joseph Estevez)
... Johnny
... Howard
Barbara Collentine ... Edith
... Charley
... 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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California Kid  »

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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 »

Goofs

When the Kid is first arrested, he tells the sheriff that his speedometer is off because of his bigger tires. Bigger tires would cause a speedometer to read low not high. See more »

Quotes

Howard: Your Honor, I plead nolo contendere.
Judge J.A. Hooker: That's the same as guilty. That will be a one hundred dollar fine or 10 days in the county jail.
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Too Cool for Cool
10 February 2005 | by See all my reviews

For those of us Baby Boomers who arrived too late on the scene to appreciate James Dean et. al., Martin Sheen showed us The Way in this great feature.

The premise is easy enough: cool hood meets small town sheriff and All-Hell ensues, but the nuts and bolts of this movie enthrall the car nut in all of us.

No, this isn't Casablanca, nor is it great Literature, but it IS a serious movie about cars, rebellion, and the genius that is Martin Sheen.

Enjoy this and appreciate it for what it is, and for what Martin will become. I loved this movie growing up as a teen in the 70's, and you will too.


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