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The California Kid


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  • Actors: Nick Nolte, Michelle Phillips, Stuart Margolin, Vic Morrow, Martin Sheen
  • Directors: Richard T. Heffron
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Shout! Factory / Timeless Media
  • DVD Release Date: July 24, 2007
  • Run Time: 74 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (155 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000S88JT8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,306 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The California Kid" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

A forgotten action gem about a young man (Sheen) who faces off against the sinister sheriff (Morrow) who killed his brother. Featuring the most daring and amazing car chases this side of Bullitt, The California Kid burns rubber with a dynamite cast, including Academy Award nominee Nick Nolte. Vic Morrow turns in one of his finest performances as the twisted sheriff, a man with nasty habits that must be seen to be believed. A wonderful, action-packed film, filled with exotic antique cars and beautiful mountain vistas.

Customer Reviews

Loved it the first time...still do!
Rob Orrill
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.
Trevor William Douglas
A young Martin Sheen drives the 1934 Ford hot rod "California Kid" against sheriff Vic Morrow in his souped up 1958 Plymouth police car.
James I. Moffett

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48 of 52 people found the following review helpful By ! MR. KNOW IT ALL ;-b VINE VOICE on July 10, 2007
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This is a very good TV movie from the mid 70's. The story is about a small town and it's sadistic sheriff(played by Vic Morrow) who has a unique way of dealing with out of town highway speeders. He just rams them until they go out of control and go over the side a famous cliff on the outskirts of the small town. Saves a lot of time and the tax payers money! right? That is until the "California Kid"(played by Martin Sheen) comes to town looking for his brother, who's missing! I was lucky enough to order this through Amazon when it was available! The DVD transfer is very good, but no extras. I would be happy to have a few classic TV movies on DVD like this, extras or not! Keep them coming! "Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark", "Bad Ronald", "The Boy Who Cried Werewolf", "Trapped", "Dark Night Of The Scarecrow" Oh the 70's TV movies were great!
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Trevor William Douglas on January 7, 2008
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What a pleasant surprise to find this 1974 televison film in pristine condition!

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.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Green Manalishi on May 24, 2010
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Awesome early 70s soundtrack - as funky as that car - it's ultra swanky with lots of wah-wah guitar and stuff that could have worked for Soul Cinema or Blaxploitation movies - in a word, it's very well done and contributes a lot to the atmosphere of the film - even though the story is supposedly taking place in the 50s, a good decade or so before music sounded like this! Actually, the movie is a mixed bag for me.

The Good:

Martin Sheen and Vic Morrow put in great performances.
Music is great, as mentioned.
Story has potential, but...

The Bad:

...but kind of falls flat in the end so that when it's over you're like, "That's it?". Anti-climatic.

The Ugly:

Bare bones production. But I didn't really mind.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Richardson TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 19, 2010
Format: Blu-ray
Just popped in the new Blu-Ray version....it looks very very good. Much better than one might expect from a decades old TV movie of the week. Obviously shot on film its a nice 73minute flick that is almost more fun from the standpoint of watching Vic Morrow (between this and Dirty Mary Crazy Larry he corned the market on jerkwater USA Sheriffs in the 70's), and a very young Martin Sheen and Nick Nolte than the story itself. If you are into retro shows or car movies and haven't bought it I'd recommend the extra couple of bucks for the blu-ray.
There are NO bonus features.....
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Only Bond on September 20, 2009
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FINALLY after watching this for years on a lousy tape copy, The Kid arrives on DVD!! My only wish is that they would have also included the SPEED CHANNEL 25th Anniversary Special. Hmmm.... perhaps a SPECIAL COLLECTORS EDITION is in the works for a future release that will include this special with interviews with Kid builder Pete Chapouris, producer Howie Horwitz and revisiting the town "Clarksburg, CA" used in the filming. Never got to see this on SPEED CHANNEL.... or any where else for that matter.

I have always dreamed of owning my own Kid someday but sadly I'll have to settle for the movie. This is a MUST HAVE MOVIE for any hot rodder or car nut and is enjoyable over and over!!!
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13 of 18 people found the following review helpful By D. Reynolds on January 28, 2008
Format: DVD
I never saw this when it originally aired, but it has held up well for it's time. My only critique is that "The California Kid" had a Windsor Ford V8 in it - and does show it in some shots, but when they do a real close-up, it's a small-block Chevy. I guess they weren't as detail-oriented as movies are today. I liked and enjoyed the movie otherwise.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pete S Shay on December 23, 2013
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This was such a cool old Hot Rod movie ! Martin Sheen, Nick Nolte, Vic Morrow, and Michelle Phillips when they were all about 20 yrs old (except for Michelle who looked 17). Fun to see the old cars, and the scene where the '34 Ford first rolls into town over the bridge was too much ! Loved it !
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rykre on August 14, 2011
Format: Blu-ray
This is a pretty decent made-for-TV movie. Even here it's in the 1:33 standard TV frame. The story is pretty decent but it's definitely nothing you'd enjoy in the theatre. It was made in 1974 and for a TV movie, it certainly has an impressive cast. Seeing Martin Sheen in his 20's is a treat for Sheen fans, and this movie also had Vic Morrow (Bad News Bears, Twilight Zone: The Movie) as a sadistic sheriff and Michelle Phillips (formerly a singer from the Mamas and the Papas), Nick Nolte (48 hours, Cape Fear) and even Gavan O'Herlihy (Never Say Never Again, Superman III).

The story was pretty predictable: Kid seeks revenge from a bad sheriff who killed his brother though it was reported as a speeding accident.

The only problem with this movie is the fact that it's on Blu-Ray. For Blu-Ray, this picture quality is deplorable. I found it in the discount bin basket at Frye's Electronics. All the Blu-Ray discs in there were selling for about 6 bucks or less. Oh well, I've spent more on two beers so I guess that wasn't too bad.
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