Kid Blue (1973) [DVD, Fox Import - English audio, removable subtitles]

Kid Blue (1973) [DVD, Fox Import - English audio, removable subtitles]



IMDb review:

Kid Blue is a very odd movie, in many ways a very old fashioned western, but with Dennis Hopper playing a long-haired, pseudo-hippie character. It doesn’t know whether to be hip or square, and suffers for it. Still, like most of Hopper’s overlooked seventies movies it's worth a look.

Hopper plays Bickford Waner, aka Kid Blue, train robber. Tired of his lack of success at crime he relocates to a small town, gets a real job for the first time in his life, and attempts to fit in. He isn’t very successful. In between being harassed by the cruel local sheriff, ‘Mean John’ Simpson (the legendary Ben Johnson), and one of his fellow boarding house occupants, Drummer (Ralph Waite of Five Easy Pieces and The Waltons), he tries to find a way to live his life without resorting to his old ways. He befriends some local Indians, the eccentric Preacher Bob (Peter Boyle, Joe, Taxi Driver), who juggles Christianity with building a flying machine, and a local couple, Reese and Molly Ford (Warren Oates and Lee Purcell). 

The Fords have the most impact on his life, especially when the beautiful Molly makes a move on him, and the enigmatic Reese starts telling him about the “old timey Greeks” who weren’t ashamed to say they loved each other, and then suggests they share a bath together. The scenes between these two screen legends, Hopper and Oates, are priceless and easily the high point of the movie. Sadly, this is the only movie they ever made together.

Another added kick is seeing Oates and Johnson, who played the Gortch brothers in Peckinpah’s classic The Wild Bunch, reunited in very different roles. Also in the supporting cast are fine character actors like Warren Finnerty and Clifton James, who both worked with Hopper and Ralph Waite in the wonderful prison drama Cool Hand Luke, and M. Emmet Walsh (Blade Runner, Blood Simple).

Kid Blue is not one of the great lost westerns, but it is an eminently watchable curio that any seventies film buff will be entertained by, especially if they admire the consistently good work of the late Warren Oates, or have any curiosity about Dennis Hopper’s undervalued post-Easy Rider, pre-Apocalypse Now movies, which also include such strong performances as Tracks and Wim Wenders’ The American Friend.

Spanish Region 2 PAL (fully UK-compatible) DVD, Impulso/Fox 2010

Please note: This letterboxed widescreen transfer is best viewed on a ‘Zoom’ setting on your player or TV. Subtitles have been tested and confirmed removable, but it may be necessary to use player menus as well as disc menus to remove them.

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