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Kid Blue (1973)

PG | | Comedy, Western | May 1973 (USA)
At the turn of the century, with the Old West fading away, Texas train robber Kid Blue goes straight and takes a factory job but old habits die hard.

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James Frawley

Writer:

Bud Shrake (as Edwin Shrake)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dennis Hopper ... Bickford Waner
Warren Oates ... Reese Ford
Peter Boyle ... Preacher Bob
Ben Johnson ... Sheriff 'Mean John' Simpson
Lee Purcell ... Molly Ford
Janice Rule ... Janet Conforto
Ralph Waite ... Drummer
Clifton James ... Mr. Hendricks
José Torvay ... Old Coyote (as Jose Torvay)
Mary Jackson ... Mrs. Evans
Jay Varela ... Mendoza
Jack Starrett ... Tough Guy (as Claude Ennis Starrett Jr.)
Warren Finnerty ... Wills
Owen Orr ... Train Robber #1
Richard Rust ... Train Robber #2
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Storyline

Bickford Waner, an apparently naive young man from Fort Worth, arrives in the tiny Texas town of Dime Box and takes on a variety of menial jobs. He's befriended by Reese Ford and his wife Molly, but before long Molly has seduced Bickford. Only with the arrival of Bickford's former girlfriend Janet Conforto is it revealed that Bickford is actually the notorious train robber Kid Blue. Humiliated by a scandal arising from his affair with his friend's wife, Bickford gives up on going straight and plots a crime. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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A funny thing happened to Kid Blue on the way to the robbery. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Western

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

May 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dime Box See more »

Filming Locations:

Chupaderos, Durango, Mexico See more »

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

During filming Warren Oates would reportedly invite co-stars Ben Johnson and Peter Boyle to his trailer for a three-course meal made up of magic mushrooms on toast, Dexedrine in brandy and vanilla LSD. See more »

Quotes

Reese Ford: Money don't make no difference. You can live a whole beautiful life inside your head. A lot of these folks, they can't do that.
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A great, funny movie that was never distributed due to it's anti big-business satire and social commentary
28 November 2005 | by godfreydanielsSee all my reviews

I saw this movie when it first came out in the theater in 1973. Everyone I knew who saw it loved it. Then it disappeared. Vanished. Gone. Never available on VHS nor DVD, so your chances of ever seeing this great movie are nil. However, as I write this in November 2005, the movie is available on Comcast On-Demand Free Movies!

With a memorable supporting cast including Peter Boyle, Warren Oates, Ben Johnson and the beautiful, young Lee Purcell, Dennis Hopper turns in one of his best performances. You'll never forget Ben Johnson as Mean John Simpson. Nor Peter Boyle as the ascetic high-tech, high-flying Preacher. Although it is set in Texas around the turn of the century, the social commentary that is critical of religion, racial prejudice, the establishment's compulsion to force conformity on everyone, the inequality in the workplace, and the hypocrisy of the elite ruling class and their control of law enforcement, is still relevant today. Perhaps even more so than when it was released in 1973. With comedic undertones, the movie manages to combine action/violence, drama and an implied steamy sex scene without ever becoming too serious. It pits the individual against the mores and values of the group (in this case the town of Dimebox, Texas and it's biggest employer, the All American Western Novelty Company). And guess who wins?

Don't miss this movie if you have Comcast Digital. It's available until March 2006.


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