Nun Sara is on the run in Mexico and is saved from cowboys by Hogan, who is preparing for a future mission to capture a French fort. The pair become good friends, but Sara never does tell him the true reason behind her being outlawed.
A hard but mediocre cop is assigned to escort a prostitute into custody from Las Vegas to Phoenix, so that she can testify in a mob trial. But a lot of people are literally betting that they won't make it into town alive.
Joe Kidd is a former bounty hunter and all-around tough-guy in the American Southwest. When a band of Mexicans find their U. S. land claims denied and all relevant records destroyed in a courthouse fire, they turn to force of arms. Luis Chama is their charismatic leader, spouting revolutionary rhetoric and demanding land reform. A wealthy landowner with interests in the disputed area, Frank Harlan, decides to settle things his own way. He hires a band of killers and wants Joe Kidd to help them track Chama. Initially, Kidd wants to avoid any involvement, until Chama makes the mistake of stealing Kidd's horses and terrorizing his friends. Written by
Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>
In the original script, Luis Chama was a more heroic and multi-layered character, but Clint Eastwood wanted to be seen as the hero, so this was changed throughout filming. John Saxon said "Clint needed to be the guy who dealt with all the action, so in the end, Chama was smeared with self-serving and cowardice, so it was clear who the main hero was." Saxon attended a NOSOTROS meeting, a Latin American organization opposed to stereotypes, and publicly apologized for playing such a dubious character. See more »
The Mauser C98 used by Lamarr was a rapid fire weapon, but a short range one. When he shoots down Luis Chama's men, he is clearly beyond the accurate range of such a weapon. See more »
[Joe is putting the moves on Elma]
How long have they had you locked up?
What would you be like after two months?
We wouldn't even be talking now.
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Decent, if not the most memorable Eastwood Western
This is a pretty good though very simple Western and I am sure that the
somewhat low ratings are due, in part, to the movie not being exactly
what Clint Eastwood fans expected. In this film, he plays Joe Kidd--a
decent sort of guy but not exactly as super-human as "the man with no
name" in his Spaghetti Westerns. He's a lot like Eastwood in UNFORGIVEN
because he seems not so super-human, except that he is a fundamentally
decent person in JOE KIDD, whereas in UNFORGIVEN he's almost like a
multiple personality (one nice and the other evil). The character Joe
Kidd shows off his abilities here and there, but he isn't the amazing
man with a 6-shooter as you'd expect from Eastwood either--though he
sure does pretty well with a rifle or train (you'll have to see what I
mean by seeing the picture). So overall, this film is very good but a
bit subdued and more realistic than most of Eastwood's Westerns--plus
at under 90 minutes, it's pretty short as well. One way I knew this was
a pretty good flick was that my wife sat and watched the film with
me--and she hates Westerns.
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