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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 'JOE KIDD' PLAYS BY HIS OWN RULES.
screen legend 'Clint Eastwood' plays a familiar role as a no-nonsense
lone gunman.
'Joe Kidd' is hired by land baron 'Frank Harlam' to track down 'Luis
Chama'
'Luis Chama' fronts the claim on land for his people, all relevant
paperwork having been lost in a fire, 'Frank Harlam' owns much of the
land being claimed by 'Mexican' 'Chama' for his...
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Forgotten For a Reason
You would expect a western directed by John Sturges, written by Elmore Leonard, starring Clint Eastwood and that most talented of American actors Robert Duvall, to be something well above the average. Sadly that is not the case, it is very routine fare indeed. Sturges was past his peak and Elmore Leonard was still developing as a writer before his rise to fame in the...
Published on 22 Sep 2009 by Bob Salter


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4.0 out of 5 stars 'JOE KIDD' PLAYS BY HIS OWN RULES., 7 May 2013
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rbmusicman (U.K) - See all my reviews
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screen legend 'Clint Eastwood' plays a familiar role as a no-nonsense
lone gunman.
'Joe Kidd' is hired by land baron 'Frank Harlam' to track down 'Luis
Chama'
'Luis Chama' fronts the claim on land for his people, all relevant
paperwork having been lost in a fire, 'Frank Harlam' owns much of the
land being claimed by 'Mexican' 'Chama' for his fellow countrymen.
'Joe' doesn't like the way 'Frank' conducts business as a consequence
of which he changes sides.
plenty of gun action follows.
not one of 'Clint's' best perhaps, however his screen presence is as
always - 'Dominant'
sadly, picture quality is not as good as it might have been, film studio's
know that films with screen heroes such as 'Clint' will be in demand
when released on this format, just feel more consideration in upgrading
should be normal practice...
when you see the picture quality on Blu-ray of even older films such as
'Lawrence of Arabia' and 'Zulu' among many.....it just proves it can be
done ???
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Deacon Mike, 21 Sep 2012
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One of the less well known Westerns staring Clint Eastwood but well worth watching. Clint Eastwood stars as a bounty hunter, Joe Kidd, who is hired by a wealthy landowner, Frank Harlan (played by Robert Duvall), to track down a Mexican freedom fighter. But, in typical Clint Eastwood fashion, Joe Kidd has his own ideas about the outcome of the chase. This western, directed by John Sturges, is full of action and well worth watching.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Forgotten For a Reason, 22 Sep 2009
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Bob Salter "Captain Spindrift" (Wiltshire, England) - See all my reviews
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You would expect a western directed by John Sturges, written by Elmore Leonard, starring Clint Eastwood and that most talented of American actors Robert Duvall, to be something well above the average. Sadly that is not the case, it is very routine fare indeed. Sturges was past his peak and Elmore Leonard was still developing as a writer before his rise to fame in the crime genre with "Get Shorty". Eastwood was still trying to find his feet with more realistic roles outside of the spaghetti western.

The films routine story concerns a group of particularly nasty characters lead by a wealthy landowner played by Duvall, who hire Eastwood as a guide to assist in tracking down a Mexican bandit who threatens Duvall's land monopoly. Pretty soon Eastwood realises he is batting for the wrong side and decides to change matters. This of course involves some gunplay and an entertaining finale involving a steam locomotive. John Saxon who seemed to appear in many Mexican roles played the bandit. Although Eastwood is not the semi mythical killing machine that he was in "The man with no name" films, he is still pretty deadly and the body count keeps rising.

Sadly there is no time for characterization. All of the characters are superficial. There was an opportunity to flesh out the bandit character much as Jack Palance did in "The Professionals," but this was lost. Eastwood strolls through proceedings and Duvall is wasted as the stereo type villain. The location filming is one of the few plus points. It is one of Eastwood's more forgotten westerns and there is good reason for that.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars An extremely rare, in fact unique, occurrence - a western with Clint Eastwood so poorly made that nearly unwatchable..., 18 Sep 2014
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Darth Maciek "Darth Maciek" (Darth Maciek is out there...) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Joe Kidd [DVD] (DVD)
All rabid fan of Clint Eastwood that I am, I still was very disappointed by this 1972 film. In fact I believe this is the less succesful movie in Eastwood's career, together with "Thunderbolt and Lightfoot" and "A perfect world". Below, more of my impressions, with some limited SPOILERS.

Joe Kidd (Clint Eastwood), a kind of drifter and definitely a somehow shady character with mysterious past, witnesses by accident the attack of the courthouse in Sinola, New Mexico, by a local bandit (and part time revolutionary) Luis Chama (John Saxon). Chama is the champion of local Mexican farmers, victims of a land grab by wealthy white immigrants. The head of the latter is an unscrupulous, vicious man named Frank Harlan (Robert Duvall) - and he wishes to hire Joe Kidd as scout in his expedition against Chama. And then the movie begins...

This film had on paper all necessary assets to be very good. It is directed by John Sturges, the director who made such magnificent masterpieces as "The magnificent seven" and "The great escape". The author of the scenario was Elmore Leonard, who, even if I never liked his books, definitely knows one thing or two about writing...

Two excellent actors - Eastwood and Duvall - were hired to play respectively the hero and the villain. Ladies who appear in this film - Lynne Marta and especially Stella Garcia - are quite attractive. Some really tough looking guys with ugly mugs were also hired to play the nasty henchmen of the main villain.

The musical score was written by Lalo Schifrin ("Bullitt", "Dirty Harry"). Last but not least, as all happens somewhere around 1900, it was possible to introduce in this film a very special treat, the semi-automatic 7,63 mm Mauser 1896 handgun, a weapon so cool looking that even Han Solo used it in a galaxy far far away...

And yet, with all of that, this film never works. The scenario is poor, dialogs are lame (don't expect even one of famous Clint Eastwood's one liners), action scenes are pathetic, villains are just hapless gun fodder, attractive ladies are very little used (in every possible sense of this word), there are plot holes the size of Jupiter and last but not least the character of Luis Chama is so totally effed up that it actually becomes quickly ridiculous. Thanks God, this film is also short (88 minutes) - but for me it seemed that it would never end...

For the life of me I cannot understand how so many talented people could have messed up this film so badly, but still, they did it. I can also hardly believe that I give only two stars to a film with Clint Eastwood with it - but I simply have no choice. Those who ambition to see every single one of Clint Eastwood movies and are ready to suffer for it can give it a try - otherwise I recommend to avoid it.
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34 of 40 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Eastwood Western!, 6 Mar 2004
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This review is from: Joe Kidd [DVD] (DVD)
This 1972 picture is possibly the weakest of the 10 westerns that Clint made during his carrer. However this does not make Joe Kid a bad movie, it's just not as good as the Dollars triology, Josey Wales, High Plains drifter or Unforgiven, but on the other hand it's at the same level of Two Mules for Sister Sara, wich makes this dvd essential for Clint's western movies fans.
Directed by veteran director John Sturges (Gunfigth at OK Corral and the Great escape)Joe Kid his a competent action western presenting Clint in one of his variations of the Man with no Name caracther, and showcasing a climatic finale that envolves a train...
The dvd has no extras but the film is presented on the original widescreen aspect ratio and several subtitles.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars critics wrong again, 17 Jun 2013
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Every review of this movie I have read has been negative. Personally I think it is a very good example of the genre. Blu Ray transfer is amazing considering the age of the movie. My advice is go out and buy this one
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3.0 out of 5 stars Classic Clint, 7 Aug 2014
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Mr. C. Gelderd "aka GelNerd" (Basingstoke, UK) - See all my reviews
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This is another enjoyable Western for Clint Eastwood to star in under the director of John Sturges. A great cast flesh out some enjoyable characters; real nasty villains and corrupt anti-heroes. It doesn’t last long, clocking in at under 90 minutes, but the story is nice and simple with a cat-and-mouse hunt taking place before being turned on its head for a resounding and action packed finale.

Eastwood plays Joe Kidd perfectly, showing just as much respect to the ladies around him as tough justice to the villains he encounters, making him a likeable and humane character. Duvall and Saxon blur the lines between who is good and bad, but both give fine performances respectively and share great screen time with Eastwood.

Great action sequences, tense shoot-outs and nice cinematography make this a rather under-rated offering from Eastwood, but one that is very solid and entertaining. And the finale that involves a steam train driving through a saloon is wonderfully bombastic.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beware spoilers..., 31 Mar 2012
This review is from: Joe Kidd [DVD] (DVD)
I would recommend that if you're planning on watching this film, don't read any reviews on here. The first two I looked at revealed the entire plot and the outcome. Thanks a bunch...
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3.0 out of 5 stars ... man of questionable motives tracking down John Saxon s annoyed Mexican farmer, 8 Sep 2014
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M. Hevingham "Mark Hevingham" (BIRMINGHAM, WEST MIDLANDS United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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A rather disjointed plot sees Clint as a man of questionable motives tracking down John Saxon s annoyed Mexican farmer. Beautifully transferred from the original elements the film is bereft of any extras. Don Post's workmanlike direction captures the story succinctly but its not an instant classic. Not bad not great but Clints in it so what more should l say?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great western, 8 July 2014
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Another classic western from Clint Eastwood, one of his early films but it is a good one, upgrade to blu-ray is worth it.
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