Joe Kidd (Blu-ray)
If you're looking for trouble - - - he's JOE KIDD
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Blu-ray Disc Features:
- Rated: PG
- Run Time: 1 hours, 28 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: October 16, 2018
- Originally Released: 2018
- Label: Universal Studios
- Encoding: Region A
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 2.35
- DTS HD Master Audio - English, French
- Subtitles - English
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Clint Eastwood & Robert Duvall|
|Performer:||James Wainwright, Ron Soble, Dick Van Patten, John Saxon, Stella Garcia, Gregory Walcott, Paul Koslo, Joaquin Martinez, Don Stroud & John Carter|
|Directed by||John Sturges|
|Edited by||Ferris Webster|
|Screenwriting by||Elmore Leonard|
|Composition by||Lalo Schifrin|
|Art Direction by||Henry Bumstead|
|Director of Photography:||Bruce Surtees|
Rating: B- -- Entertaining but senseless. Full Review
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Rating: B -- It's lesser Eastwood (and Leonard and Sturges), but it's impossible to squash the spirit of the work, which carries the film far enough to satisfy basic needs from the genre, making it a lark, but a convincing one. Full Review
Rating: 2/4 -- All I can tell you about Clint Eastwood in Joe Kidd is that he plays a ruthless gunman of few words. This isn't exactly a surprise... The funny thing about Joe Kidd, though, is that we can't keep straight whose side he's on, or why. Full Review
1972's JOE KIDD is nonetheless a lean, reasonably satisfying slice of Clint Eastwood outlaw badassery.
It's still a prime example of a good, sturdy bread-and-butter Western. Full Review
Clint Eastwood stars as the title character in this low-key, moderately politicized variation of his spaghetti Westerns. In New Mexico in the late 1890s, the fiery Louis Chama (John Saxon) leads a group of Mexican-American peasants in a fight for their land after the evidence of their ownership has been destroyed in a questionable courthouse fire. The wealthy Frank Harlan (Robert Duvall), who also lays claim to the disputed land, has decided to bypass the legal system and hires a group of killers to take care of Chama. Kidd, who initially rejects Harlan's offer to join his hunting party, changes his mind when he finds that Chama has stolen some of his horses and brutalized one of his ranch hands. However, after seeing Harlan randomly pick off some Mexicans and becoming interested in Helen Sanchez (Stella Garcia), Kidd begins to think twice about his current employer. After he frees a group of hostages who are about to be mowed down by Harlan and his men, he takes off into the hills with Chama. Given the participants, JOE KIDD should have been much better, as it is somewhat hamstrung by an Elmore Leonard script that seems bored with its characters. That said, Duvall and Eastwood are excellent, as is Bruce Surtees' camerawork.
When a violent struggle ensues between a group of Mexican-American peasants and a corrupt landowner who wants to dispossess them of their property, Joe Kidd, who himself owns a small plot of land, is drawn into the battle as the landowner hires him to kill the leader of the uprising. Kidd soon realizes the immorality of his mission, however, and he switches his allegiance to the other side. Now it's the landowner who's going to have to watch out....
- Shooting locations: High Sierras in California, and Old Tucson, Arizona.
- Eastwood crony Gregory Walcott, who plays the sheriff, is one of the most ubiquitous character actors of the last three decades of the 20th century, appearing in films as diverse as PLAN NINE FROM OUTER SPACE and CHINATOWN.
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