High Plains Drifter

High Plains Drifter

Clint Eastwood (1973)

X Certificate


Our Score
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.


A mysterious stranger is hired to defend a remote frontier town from three outlaws who are making people's lives a misery. Although he rids the community of the troublemakers, the residents' lives take a turn for the worse as their saviour seizes control of the town and seeks to punish them for their past sins. Western, directed by and starring Clint Eastwood, alongside Verna Bloom and Marianna Hill. Including FYI Daily.

Cast & 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
Mordecai Billy Curtis
Director Clint Eastwood
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: C.I.C. (UK)Guidance: Edited for some of its violence and language. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray