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Joe Kidd
Director: John Sturges
Screenplay: Elmore Leonard
Producer: Robert Daley, Sidney Beckerman
Cast: Clint Eastwood, Robert Duvall, John Saxon, Don Stroud, Stella Garcia
Genre: Westerns

Running Time: 88
Aspect Ratio:  2.35:1 (NTSC Widescreen)
Sound: Dolby
Subtitles: English, Spanish
Studio:  Universal Studios DVD Region:  1 PG
DVD Release:  Aug 1998 Discs:  1 (Cloud) [$9.99]
Reviews:  Clint Eastwood's stardom was supernova, thanks to "Dirty Harry"; John Sturges, the man behind "The Magnificent Seven" and a dozen other memorably leathery Westerns, was directing; and Elmore Leonard was the screenwriter. It just goes to show. "Joe Kidd" is a muddle and a drag, the shoddiest Eastwood vehicle since Rowdy Yates trod in his last cow flop. Kidd, first seen as a duded-up drunk sleeping one off in jail, is supposed to be a horse rancher and an expert tracker--just the fellow a rapacious land-grabber (Robert Duvall committing lazy villainy) needs to chase down the uppity Latino (John Saxon) who's trying to reclaim the grabbed land for its rightful owners. Neither the characters nor the overland pursuit makes any sense, thanks to chasms in the continuity and no direction to speak of. An absurdly arbitrary assault-by-locomotive provides the climax; as Eastwood observed, "Jesus, anything at this point--let's end it." "--Richard T. Jameson"

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