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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.

Director:

Richard T. Heffron

Writer:

Richard Compton
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Martin Sheen ... Michael McCord
Vic Morrow ... Sheriff Roy Childress
Michelle Phillips ... Maggie
Stuart Margolin ... Deputy
Nick Nolte ... Buzz Stafford
Janit Baldwin ... Sissy
Gary Morgan ... Lyle Stafford
Frederic Downs ... Judge J.A. Hooker
Don Mantooth Don Mantooth ... Jack (as Donald Mantooth)
Joe Estevez ... Don McCord (as Joseph Estevez)
Britt Leach ... Johnny
Norman Bartold ... Howard
Barbara Collentine ... Edith
Michael Richardson ... Charley
Gavan O'Herlihy ... 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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This was ABC-TV's 200th "Movie of the Week". See more »

Goofs

The car Michael's brother was driving is a coupe with the small rear side glass, but the one in the junkyard was a sedan with the larger side glass. See more »

Quotes

Sheriff Roy Childress: I want you out of this town today McCord.
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A VERY different revenge movie
10 March 2012 | by dennisg-6See all my reviews

Martin Sheen's brother (in this case, truly it is, in real life) is killed by a local sheriff, who enjoys pushing speeders off a cliff 2 miles from the state line.

Martin drives a beautiful sports car, with "The California Kid" painted on the side, hence the name of the movie.

This movie has at least 5 times where no words are spoken for several minutes, an interesting feature.

Young Nick Nolte does a good job, especially after his brother drives off that infamous cliff. Stuart Margolin plays an understated role as a deputy sheriff. And Michelle (Mamas and the Papas) Phillips does an OK job as a waitress.

This is a satisfying movie.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 September 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

California Kid See more »

Filming Locations:

Ojai, California, USA See more »

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Universal Television See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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