Review: ‘Joe Kidd’

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 to keep guns popping and bodies falling.

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 to keep guns popping and bodies falling.

Spectator is never entirely certain of Eastwood’s status, apart from his owning a small spread and being hired to lead a party of gunmen to kill a rebellious Spanish-American who heads fight to save original Spanish land grants of his people. Elmore Leonard’s script lacks proper motivation as Eastwood throws in with the oldtimers whose land his temporary mployer is trying to take over.

Highlight of entire footage is when Eastwood and a few men run a railroad engine through the bar where some of the gunmen are holding forth and mow them down.

Joe Kidd

Production

Malpaso/Universal. Director John Sturges; Producer Sidney Beckerman; Screenplay Elmore Leonard; Camera Bruce Surtees; Editor Ferris Webster; Music Lalo Schifrin; Art Director Alexander Golitzen, Henry Bumstead

Crew

(Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1972. Running time: 87 MIN.

With

Clint Eastwood Robert Duvall John Saxon Don Stroud Stella Garcia James Wainwright
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