Joe Kidd

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Released 1972

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Director:
John Sturges
Released:
1972
Rating:
PG
Joe Kidd is a western drama about a peasant revolt in the small town of Sinola, New Mexico. Joe Kidd (Clint Eastwood) finds himself in the middle of a nasty battle when a group of greedy landowners begin taking control of property that does not belong to them. When Luis Charma (John Saxon), a peasant, organizes a revolt against the landowners, Frank Harlan (Robert Duvall) forms a group intent on kidnapping him. Frank asks Joe to help, but Kidd refuses to take sides until the peasants attack his property and hurt one of his employees. In order to get Luis to give himself up, Kidd and the other members of the posse capture five hostages and threaten their lives. When Joe falls in love with Stella Garcia (Helen Sanchez), one of the hostages, Frank arranges for Kidd to be arrested. Joe manages to escape but must figure out how to negotiate a truce among the peasants and landowners in order to save Stella's life.moreless

Metacritic Score

  • 70

    Variety

    Not enough identity is given Clint Eastwood in a New Mexico land struggle in which no reason is apparent for his involvement, but John Sturges' direction is sufficiently compelling...

  • 50

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The photography is undeniably beautiful, but there comes a point when we've had too many mountains and too little plot. All that holds the movie together is the screen persona of E...

  • 50

    Time Out London

    Photographed by the admirable Bruce Surtees, but a curiously strangled Western which can't make up its mind whether it wants to wring straight action out of the range war between p...

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Action & Adventure

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Military & War, Classics