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Kid Blue (1973)

Kid Blue (1973)

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A hapless outlaw discovers he isn't any better off on the right side of the law in this offbeat western comedy set at the turn of the century. While Bickford Waner (Dennis Hopper) is known to lawmen as notorious bandit Kid Blue, his reputation far outstrips his actual success as a crook, and after a train robbery falls apart moments after it began, Bick decides it's time to go straight. Bick settles in Dime Box, Texas, a shabby little town dominated by a ceramics factory that makes novelty ashtrays, and manages to find a lose a series of odd jobs through his innate clumsiness and his short temper. Bick moves into a rooming house where he's befriended by Reese Ford (Warren Oates), a good natured man fascinated with the ancient Greeks and their ideals of male friendship, and his wife Molly (Lee Purcell), who doesn't believe their relationship need be platonic. Bick also finds a friend in pill-popping Preacher Bob (Peter Boyle) and makes an especially fierce enemy in foul-tempered sheriff "Mean John" Simpson (Ben Johnson). After his personal and professional lives take unexpected turns for the worse, Bick decides he needs to go back to a life of crime, though he hasn't gotten much better at armed robbery than he was before. Also starring Janice Rule, Ralph Waite and Clifton James, Kid Blue was shot in 1971, but not released until 1973, after the box-office failure of Dennis Hopper's The Last Movie sent his career into a tailspin; it would be his last role in an American feature until 1979's Apocalypse Now. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

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Cast

Dennis Hopper
as Bickford Waner
Janice Ford
as Janet Conforto
Warren Oates
as Reese Ford
Peter Boyle
as Preacher Bob
Lee Purcell
as Molly Ford
Ben Johnson
as Sheriff `Mean John' Simpson
Janice Rule
as Janet Conforto
Ralph Waite
as Drummer
Clifton James
as Mr. Hendricks
José Torvay
as Old Coyote
Mary Jackson
as Mrs. Evans
Jay Varela
as Mendoza
Howard Hesseman
as Confectionery Man
Henry Smith
as Joe Cloudmaker
Bobby Hall
as Bartender
Mel Stewart
as Blackman
Owen Orr
as Train Robber
Richard Rust
as Train Robber
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Critic Reviews for Kid Blue

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (3)

Kid Blue has a meandering jug band sensibility and a premise hilariously relevant to Hopper's situation.

August 15, 2006 | Full Review…
Village Voice
Top Critic

Kid Blue is a well-meaning, liberal, anti-fascist Western, dressed up with some good performances by Peter Boyle, Lee Purcell and Janice Rule. But it's not a very good movie.

May 9, 2005 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
New York Times
Top Critic

A gentle little fable about the mechanization of the west and its effects on a small-time outlaw.

December 13, 2001 | Full Review…
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

It was a keen satire of the last of the frontier days, but its hipness failed to rub off on me.

December 12, 2001 | Rating: C | Full Review…
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