High Plains Drifter (1973)
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as The Stranger
as Sarah Belding
as Callie Travers
as Dave Drake
as Morgan Allen
as Lewis Belding
as Mayor Jason Hobart
as Stacey Bridges
as Sheriff Sam Shaw
as Lutie Naylor
as Asa Goodwin
as Cole Carlin
as Freight Wagon Operator
as Dan Carlin
as Tommy Morris
as Fred Short
as Mrs. Lake
as Marshal Jim Duncan
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Critic Reviews for High Plains Drifter
As a director, Eastwood is not as good as he seems to think he is. As an actor, he is probably better than he allows himself to be.
This was supposed to be Eastwood's fond adieu to the worlds of Sergio Leone and Don Siegel; and indeed he cuts the operatic excess of the former with the punchy economy of the latter.
Part ghost story, part revenge Western, more than a little silly, and often quite entertaining in a way that may make you wonder if you have lost your good sense.
Mysterious, sporadically comical, and classically Eastwood, High Plains Drifter is a wholly satisfying revenge saga that's askew enough to surprise as it exercises known elements.
Audience Reviews for High Plains Drifter
Eastwood at his most nihilistic and vicious. He comes out like an avenging ghost, a supernatural gunfighter collecting the souls of coward men for his return to the underworld. A feeling accentuated by an eerie musical score and strange oniric passages. An extremely satisfying cross between western and horror, well learnt craft from his masters Leone and Siegel.
The Stranger fails to match up to The Man With No Name. But still it's a solid enough western flick. With a pinch of super-natural tone, High Plains Drifter is a gruesome blood-bathed ride, quite eery at times.
There's not many western/ghost stories in the movies despite the rich american tradition of the same ... and this tale of ominous revenge (a precursor to "pale rider") never fails to chill, time after time.