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The California Kid (1974)

A deranged desert town sheriff has a murderous habit of forcing speeders to their deaths, until a young man with a souped-up hotrod arrives to possibly end it.

Director:

Richard T. Heffron

Writer:

Richard Compton
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Martin Sheen ... Michael McCord
Vic Morrow ... Sheriff Roy Childress
Michelle Phillips ... Maggie
Stuart Margolin ... Deputy
Nick Nolte ... Buzz Stafford
Janit Baldwin ... Sissy
Gary Morgan ... Lyle Stafford
Frederic Downs Frederic Downs ... Judge J.A. Hooker
Don Mantooth Don Mantooth ... Jack (as Donald Mantooth)
Joe Estevez ... Don McCord (as Joseph Estevez)
Britt Leach ... Johnny
Norman Bartold ... Howard
Barbara Collentine ... Edith
Michael Richardson ... Charley
Gavan O'Herlihy ... Tom
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Storyline

A sadistic small-town sheriff has a habit of deliberately forcing speeders to their deaths on the mountain roads leading into town. The brother of one of the victims rolls into town in his hot rod to investigate his brother's death. Written by Anonymous

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In this town a speeding ticket is a death sentence


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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 September 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

California Kid See more »

Filming Locations:

Ojai, California, USA See more »

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Production Co:

Universal Television See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Vic Morrow's ride is a 1957 Plymouth Belvedere. 1957 and '58 Plymouth cars were a popular choice for late fifties police. See more »

Goofs

Several scenes depict the vehicles' tires squealing on dirt. Tires cannot squeal on dirt. (Wrong: tires squeal very well on packed dirt, as race track visitors know. In addition the early bead-lock style rims and tires weren't very tightly fitted, and the tire beads could lose traction upon the wheel, squealing loudly.) See more »

Quotes

Sheriff Roy Childress: I want you out of this town today McCord.
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You would have thought #200 would have been more interesting.
14 March 2017 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"The California Kid" is the 200th installment of "The ABC Movie of the Week" and as such you would have thought that they would have shown one of their very best movies. Instead, it was a film with a few exciting moments...and a lot of padding. In essence, the film could have been condensed to half an hour!

The story begins with Michael McCord (Martin Sheen) going through a crappy little town near the state line. The cops here lie in wait and the town is just a gigantic speed trap. But with one cop (Vic Morrow) it's more. He LIKES it when a speeder tries to outrun him and cross the state line...as he gives chase and runs them off the road to their death. He gets off on doing this. But despite ticketing McCord, McCord doesn't even try going full bore towards the state line...until the sadistic cop kills once again.

This DOES sound exciting, doesn't it. Well, it isn't. The pace is the problem...it's just too slow, too padded and never really delivers.


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