It's always great to see Clint squint his way through a Western. Joe Kidd may not stand as tall as some more mythical Eastwood cowboy heroes, but the film is directed by the great John Sturges and Robert Duvall gets to ride a horse and shoot a gun as the villain. Good enough ingredients to make Joe Kidd eminently watchable.
Joe is the town eccentric.
When we meet him he's spending the night in jail for disorderly conduct. Part of his
irascible charm. Hs time before the judge collides with a Mexican terrorist attack on the
court, led by Luis Chama and though Joe is aloof he decides to save the judge. When one of
the Mexicans searches for the judge in a bar, Joe is forced to pull the trigger. Enter
land baron Harlan who is putting together a "hunting party" to eliminate
Joe is recruited but spurns the job stating he's got nothing against Chama. An incident at
Joe's ranch quickly changes his mind and before you know it he's guiding the hunters. It
doesn't take long for Kidd to realize the hunters are unworthy allies. Kidd challenges
everybody within talking distance and manages to have final confrontations with everyone
who has a nasty word to say to him.
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