The California Kid
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Billed as ABC TVs 200th 'Movie Of The Week'
Martin Sheen is excellent as always and is ably supported by Nick Nolte, Stuart Margolin and Michelle Phillips.
Vic Morrow steals the show as Sheriff Roy Childress.
Look fast for Martin's real life brother Joe Estevez, playing his screen brother, at the beginning of the film.
Martin Sheen and Vic Morrow put in great performances.
Music is great, as mentioned.
Story has potential, but...
...but kind of falls flat in the end so that when it's over you're like, "That's it?". Anti-climatic.
Bare bones production. But I didn't really mind.
OK, it’s 1958 and Sheriff Roy Childress (played by Vic Morrow) believes that lawbreakers should be punished, especially those who drive fast...like the hit-and-run driver that killed his wife and little daughter. To help their punishment along, the Sheriff has souped-up his squad car, and uses his push bars to force speeders off the road on a particularly dangerous curve. But, when a stranger drives into town in the hottest of hot rods, and begins digging into the recent “accidents,” Roy knows that trouble has come. Michael McCord’s (Martin Sheen) brother was killed on that dangerous curve, and he knows that something is seriously wrong in Clarksberg. And he’s going to put it right.
When you think of made-for-TV movies, you figure the movie is probably pretty bad, right? Well, this 1974 ABC movie is surprisingly great. Martin Sheen does a great job of playing the role of a sort of grown-up James Dean, a rebel who now has a cause. And Vic Morrow presents a very good Sheriff Roy, a man who is deadly earnest...deadly, deadly earnest. Plus, there’s even a rather young Nick Nolte. The story itself is very good, as we watch Roy as the bad guy, and McCord unraveling the mystery of his brother’s death.
The music is very 70s, which is no surprise, and having been a TV movie, it has that irritating thing of musical crescendos coming right before where a commercial would have been. But, that said, it is a great movie.Read more ›
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Martin Sheen should have top billing in this movie because he is the star. Overall I love the move and have since 1974.Published 16 days ago by Ricky Harrison
Love this movie. I watched it years ago, and could not forget it. I personally think this is Martin Sheens best movie. Reminds of some small towns I knew as well.Published 1 month ago by James E. Moberly
I remember this movie from my teenage years,loved it then love it now!!Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I concur with green manalishi, I remember well seeing the premier showing of this film back in the seventies, it was heavily promoted by whichever network it was on, one of the... Read morePublished 2 months ago by W. Martin