High Plains Drifter

  • 18
  • Clint Eastwood (1973)
  • US
  • 100 min
High Plains Drifter
Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

Sex, sadism and the supernatural are loosely bundled in Clint Eastwood's stylishly self-conscious western: man-with-no-name satire or fable of mystic revenge, take your pick. Eastwood looms out of the desert, a mirage of retribution on a town's inhabitants who stood by while their honest sheriff was whipped to death. Eastwood seems, not altogether successfully, to be paying off debts to his former mentor Sergio Leone - gratitude he can only express obliquely via the occult references in this distinctive variation on the spaghetti western genre.

Plot Summary

Western starring Clint Eastwood. A mysterious and laconic stranger rides into the small American frontier town of Lago, and within minutes kills three men who provoke him. Terrified of the gunman, yet even more afraid of a gang who intend to wipe out the town, the townspeople beg the stranger to become sheriff, little realising that this is just the start of their descent into "Hell".

Cast and crew


The Stranger
Clint Eastwood
Sarah Belding
Verna Bloom
Callie Travers
Marianna Hill
Dave Drake
Mitchell Ryan
Morgan Allen
Jack Ging
Mayor Jason Hobart
Stefan Gierasch
Lewis Belding
Ted Hartley
Billy Curtis


Clint Eastwood

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
C.I.C. (UK)
Edited for some of its violence and language.
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Certificate 18
Columbia/Tri-Star Home Video