|08.21.06||Netflix|| Clint Eastwood is Joe Kidd and Joe Kidd is trouble. Actually Joe Kidd is just a dude, maybe a little bit of a troublemaker, that gets caught up between Luis Chama the pissed off mexican and Frank Harlin the rich land owner. Probably the most notable thing about this movie is that Luis Chama is played by John Saxon. Yeah... John Saxon as a Mexican. He's only in a few scenes but... well, it's right up there with Jack Palance in The Professionals and (I hear) Burt Reynolds in Navajo Joe. Actually, with a bit of forsight that would've made a good double feature... Oh well, I'll have to catch Navajo Joe later.|
Lalo Schiffrin score, Elmore Leonard script, and John Sturgest directing pretty much ensures that it's a decent movie... and it is. but i didn't think it was as good as some of Eastwood's other American westerns... still good though to be sure.
For the longest time I was anti-western because my parents liked them... and I'm still not the biggest John Wayne fan just because my mom's a John Wayne fiend... but these 70s westerns are really great. Clint Eastwood stuff... where it's a little more gritty, informed by the Italian stuff, and gets into the minutiae and more interesting facets of life and crime back then than that romanticised 50s melodrama stuff.