Painting the town red in Clint Eastwood's "High Plains Drifter"

A quiz about Clint Eastwood's 1973 film, "High Plains Drifter."

Question 1

True or False: "High Plains Drifter" was made before Sergio Leone's film "A Fistfull of Dollars" and its sequels "For a Few Dollars More" and "The Good, The Bad and the Ugly". To this end, it is widely acknowledged that "High Plains Drifter" served as an influence to Italian director Sergio Leone.

Question 2

True or False: The film's story could be summed up like this: "...after gunning down three desperado's who tried to kill him, the town hires a mysterious stranger to help defend the town from three murderous outlaws."

Question 3

What is the name of the town that a tall lone stranger enters into after gradually emerging from a shimmering desert horizon at the beginning of the movie?

Question 4

Who directed "High Plains Drifter?"

Question 5

True or False: Filming was completed in only six weeks.

Question 6

True or False: Universal Pictures wanted the film to be shot on the studio lot. Instead, a whole town was built in the desert near a Lake in the California Sierras. Many of the buildings were complete and three-dimensional, so that interiors could be shot on location.

Question 7

Near the end of the film, the town is painted and the name changed before the felons return and receive their comeuppance. What colour was the town painted?

Question 8

Which composer provided the film's eerie musical score?

Question 9

Early in the film, a number of characters try to kill the character of the Stranger. How does Callie Travers try to kill the Stranger?

Question 10

Who plays the character of local woman Callie Travers?

Question 11

True or False: The character of Marshall Duncan was played by stuntman Buddy Van Horn, a long-time stunt double for Clint Eastwood, in order to create some ambiguity as to whether he and the Stranger are one and the same.

Question 12

Which character in "High Plains Drifter" says the following: "They say the dead don't rest without a marker of some kind." ?

Question 13

Which character says the following: "It's what people know about themselves inside that makes 'em afraid." ?

Question 14

Which character says the following: "You're going to look pretty silly with that knife sticking out of your ass." ?

Question 15

True or False: As a tribute, one of the headstones in the graveyard bears the name Sergio Leone. Another bears the name Don Siegel (I) while another grave marker was for director Brian G. Hutton. These tributes were noted in a 2002 Eastwood biography, which quotes the star as saying, "I buried my directors."

Question 16

The production saw an entire town built on the shores of which of the following lakes?

Question 17

Near the end of the film, the town is painted and the name changed before the felons return and receive their comeuppance. What was the town's name changed to?

Question 18

What style (or sub-genre) of Western film do film historians and critics consider "High Plains Drifter" to be?

Question 19

True or False: John Wayne was reportedly upset with the film "High Plains Drifter," by what he saw as an inaccurate depiction of the West.

Question 20

During the April 1974 Academy Awards broadcast, a man named Robert Opal notoriously streaks across the stage, in full view of hundreds of millions of TV viewers, just as co-host David Niven (I) is about to introduce the Best Picture category. How many Academy Awards was "High Plains Drifter" nominated for?

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