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Joe Kidd (1972)

Joe Kidd




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Anglo farmers have been stealing Mexican-American villagers' lands, under the pretext of having deeds which pre-empt their ancient Spanish land-grants. The poor people have had enough, and organize under the leadership of Luis Chama (John Saxon). When they nearly kidnap the local judge who had acquiesced in all this, Joe Kidd (Clint Eastwood) intervenes. Anglo landowners try to hire him to join the posse tracking down the rebels, but Joe at first refuses. Later, after his own farm suffers from the rebels' actions, he agrees. After a while, though, he sees the light and does the right thing.more
Rating: PG
Genre: Western, Drama, Action & Adventure, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Elmore Leonard
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 18, 1998
Universal Studios


Robert Duvall
as Frank Harlan
John Saxon
as Luis Chama
Stella Garcia
as Helen Sanchez
Don Stroud
as Lamarr
Gregory Walcott
as Sheriff Mitchell
Dick Van Patten
as Hotel Manager
Pepe Hern
as Priest
Ron Soble
as Ramon
Ed Deemer
as Bartender
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Critic Reviews for Joe Kidd

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

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… | April 20, 2014

It's still a prime example of a good, sturdy bread-and-butter Western.

Full Review… | May 1, 2009
Combustible Celluloid

Audience Reviews for Joe Kidd


Ordinary western has good actors and nice scenery but nothing you have seen many times before. Still if you like Clint and westerns this will work fine for you.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

No, it's not one of the best westerns ever made, but it's really fun. Clint Eastwood gives a great performance and really plays a different western hero than usual. It's also sort've odd to see Robert Duvall as such a scumbag. It's got a really great style that makes up for the uneven plot.

Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer

Bizarrely sloppy by-the-numbers Clint Eastwood western, particularly considering the talent involved. There seems to be little logic involved in any of it; only Clints charisma and the loosely associated bouts of screen violence demand attention; the "plot" is inconsequential.

xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

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