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Joe Kidd (1972)




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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.

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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 (10) | Top Critics (1)

All I can tell you about Clint Eastwood in Joe Kidd is that he plays a ruthless gunman of few words. This isn't exactly a surprise... The funny thing about Joe Kidd, though, is that we can't keep straight whose side he's on, or why.

October 23, 2004 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

...a mediocrity...

December 4, 2020 | Full Review…

Scripted by Elmore Leonard, this breezy open-air Western finds a formidable punch against masculinity by questioning the need for power while being supremely entertaining and never straying from Eastwood's clinched-jaw aesthetic.

November 19, 2020 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Colorfully played by character actors Don Stroud, James Wainwright, and Paul Koslo, the villainous sidekicks spark the proceedings and provide Eastwood's hero with interesting antagonists.

October 30, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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.

April 20, 2014 | Rating: B | Full Review…

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

May 1, 2009 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Joe Kidd

I remember a much faster, spectacular film. Revisiting it I was very underwhelmed. An okay Western for the era, rather entertaining too in the great scenery of the Alabama Hills. But that's about it.

Jens S.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer


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
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
Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer

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