Tuesday, April 21, 2009

JOE KIDD (1972)

This film was made during the time when two legendary actors- Clint Eastwood & Robert Duvall were in great forms. Eastwood set the box office on fire with his ‘Dirty Harry’ act a year ago in 1971 & Duvall gave the supporting performance of his lifetime in ‘The Godfather’ the same year in 1972. Joe Kidd (Eastwood) was hired by wealthy landowner Harlem (Duvall) to nab Luis Chama & his gang who were fighting peasant revolution. Kidd preferred Harlem’s dollars but he remained neutral until finally he realized the righteous cause of Luis. He paired with Luis to settle score against Harlem in the climax. Well more than plot, it’s moving action & Eastwood’s presence which made movie entertaining western.

Directed by John Sturges, the film has great moments of thrilling western gun firing action & superb cinematography by Eastwood loyal Bruce Surtees covering extreme wide shots of Mexican frontier. Even the background score gives you the feel of watching some class western made by Sergio Leone.

Recommended for all Western lovers/ Eastwood fans.


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