C. Thomas Howell, underaged star and erstwhile cohort of young Patrick Swayze in such films as THE OUTSIDERS and RED DAWN, borrows Clint Eastwood's longcoat and attitude for KID, a by-the-numbers revengefest that came to home video in 1991.
The filmmakers strive for mythic power in a hokey opening shot of The Kid (Howell), a nameless, tight-lipped youth, entering a tiny Arizona town in a swirl of dust and synthesizer music. Years before, when he was just a moppet, The Kid watched a quintet of local yahoos (complete with an
America-Love-It-Or-Leave-It bumper sticker on their truck) murder his hippie parents. The little orphan was clever enough even then to blast...