Pale Rider (Blu-ray) (1985)
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...and Hell Followed with Him.
|After corporate mining boss Coy LaHood (Richard Dysart) begins a campaign of terror to drive independent pan miners out of the area, a nameless stranger called Preacher (Clint Eastwood) rides into the underdogs' camp. He becomes their avenger. The tycoon then hires a badge-wearing killer and his duster-shrouded deputies, men loyal to whomever pays the most. LaHood pays gold. But in a climactic shootout to remember, Preacher pays in lead.|
"Eastwood in fine form. Gerry Shamray, Sun Newspapers of Cleveland
"A severely underrated western, one of Eastwood's most stylish. James Plath, DVD Town
"Well crafted... Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide
"...classical western theme treatment well complemented by excellent photography and a rock-solid cast. VideoHound's Golden Movie Retriever
Editor's NoteA girl kneels over the grave of her murdered dog, praying for a miracle, while off in the distance, a man rides toward town on a pale horse. Clint Eastwood's PALE RIDER was the filmmaker's first Western in nearly a decade. It finds a pleasant balance between the mystical revisionism of films such as HIGH PLAINS DRIFTER and the traditional Western. Eastwood stars as the Preacher, who wanders into a dusty California town and tries to rescue a community of gold prospectors that is being terrorized by the local corporate mining operation, which is strip-mining the land. He's taken in by Hull Barrett (Michael Moriarty), who lives with Sarah Wheeler (Carrie Snodgrass) and her 14-year-old daughter, she of the murdered pooch, Megan (Sydney Penny). The Preacher is something of a blend of Eastwood's Man with No Name and the title character of George Stevens's SHANE. The story and treatment are straightforward and entertaining, and the strong performances draw the audience in. The Preacher remains a mysterious character, but in the end, as he takes on the evil mining corporation's hired guns, it's impossible not to root for him.
Cast & Crew
|Clint Eastwood - Director|
Plot SummaryClint Eastwood produced, directed, and stars in this intelligent Western tale. Poor gold miners feel they have little choice but to desert their land when some corporate thugs threaten their lives. But one young girl has a better idea: She prays for help--and not too long after, a mysterious stranger comes riding into town, dressed as a preacher. But he's not like all those other preachers....
Cannes Film Festival (1985)
|Clint Eastwood, Nominee, Golden Palm Award|
|"Nothing like a nice piece of hickory."----The Preacher (Clint Eastwood), after dispatching several thugs with an ax handle.|