Pale Rider

Pale Rider

Clint Eastwood (1985)

15 Certificate


Our Score
This handsome-looking western, virtually a reworking of Shane by way of High Plains Drifter, is one of director/star Clint Eastwood's more sombre offerings. A small group of prospectors struggles to scrape a living in the shadow of a strip-mining company that is intent on driving them out, by any means necessary. A young girl (Sydney Penny) prays for deliverance from the violence - cue Eastwood's entrance as the enigmatic "Preacher" who arrives on a pale horse (one of the film's many ponderous biblical references) and begins to mete out his own brand of justice. We are in classic "man with no name" territory here - with added religious symbolism - but despite a reliably good performance from Eastwood and excellent support from Penny and Carrie Snodgress, this takes itself a little too seriously to be on a par with the Sergio Leone collaborations or Eastwood's own superior efforts such as The Outlaw Josey Wales and Unforgiven.


An unscrupulous landowner threatens to throw gold-miners off their land and take the riches for himself. As the law turns a blind eye to their troubles, the miners desperately need a saviour - who happens to arrive in the form of a mysterious preacher with formidable gunfighting skills. Western, directed by and starring Clint Eastwood, alongside Michael Moriarty, Carrie Snodgress and Richard Dysart.

Cast & Crew

Preacher Clint Eastwood
Hull Barret Michael Moriarty
Sarah Wheeler Carrie Snodgress
Coy Lahood Richard Dysart
Josh Lahood Chris Penn
Megan Wheeler Sydney Penny
Spider Conway Douglas McGrath
Club Richard Kiel
Marshal Stockburn John Russell
Director Clint Eastwood
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Columbia-Emi-Warner Dists LtdGuidance: Violence and swearing.Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray