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Pale Rider

  • Drama
  • 1985
  • Clint Eastwood
  • 110 mins
  • 15

Summary

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.

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Review

Rating: 3 out of 5.

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.

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Credits

Cast

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PreacherClint Eastwood
Hull BarretMichael Moriarty
Sarah WheelerCarrie Snodgress
Josh LahoodChris Penn
Coy LahoodRichard Dysart
Megan WheelerSydney Penny
ClubRichard Kiel
Spider ConwayDoug McGrath
Marshal StockburnJohn Russell
McGillCharles Hallahan
JagouMarvin J McIntyre
Ma BlankenshipFran Ryan

Crew

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DirectorClint Eastwood

Details

Theatrical distributor
Columbia-Emi-Warner Dists Ltd
Language
English
Guidance
Violence and swearing.
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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