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High Plains Drifter
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 Overview

A gunfighting stranger comes to the small settlement of Lago. After gunning down three gunmen who tried to kill him, the townsfolk decide to hire the Stranger to hold off three outlaws who are on their way.

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 Title : High Plains Drifter
 Original Title : High Plains Drifter
 Director : Clint Eastwood
 Writer :
 Sound & Music :
 Release Date : 1973-04-19
 Runtime : 105 Minutes
 Genre : Western
 Production Company : Universal Pictures, Malpaso Productions
 Popularity : 1.521168
 Plot Keyword : gunslinger, desperation, outlaw
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 Alternative Titles :
  • Lo straniero senza nome
  • Homme des Hautes Plaines (L')
  • Infierno de cobardes
  • Mannen med oxpiskan
  • Fenns√≠kok csavarg√≥ja

 Cast 

Image characters of The Stranger

Characters : The Stranger

Actor : Clint Eastwood

Image characters of Sarah Belding

Characters : Sarah Belding

Actor : Verna Bloom

Image characters of Callie Travers

Characters : Callie Travers

Actor : Marianna Hill

Image characters of Dave Drake

Characters : Dave Drake

Actor : Mitchell Ryan

Image characters of Morgan Allen

Characters : Morgan Allen

Actor : Jack Ging

Image characters of Mayor Jason Hobart

Characters : Mayor Jason Hobart

Actor : Stefan Gierasch

Image characters of Lewis Belding

Characters : Lewis Belding

Actor : Ted Hartley

Image characters of Mordecai

Characters : Mordecai

Actor : Billy Curtis

Image characters of Stacey Bridges

Characters : Stacey Bridges

Actor : Geoffrey Lewis

Image characters of Bill Borders

Characters : Bill Borders

Actor : Scott Walker

Image characters of Sheriff Sam Shaw

Characters : Sheriff Sam Shaw

Actor : Walter Barnes

Image characters of Lutie Naylor

Characters : Lutie Naylor

Actor : Paul Brinegar

Image characters of Asa Goodwin

Characters : Asa Goodwin

Actor : Richard Bull

Image characters of Preacher

Characters : Preacher

Actor : Robert Donner

Image characters of Bootmaker

Characters : Bootmaker

Actor : John Hillerman

 Reviews

Review By: JOHN CHARD

Supernatural Western?

A lone gunman with no name and seemingly with no past, rides into the dusky town of Lago. The residents of Lago at first view the stranger with suspicion, but when news that some outlaws that are out for blood are on their way to town, they ask the stranger for his help.

This is Clint Eastwood's first Western film that he directed, and it's clear and evident that the guy not only loves the genre that made his name, he also knows what makes it work. Obviously having worked for Sergio Leone, Eastwood was making notes because High Plains Drifter oozes the mythical aura of many of Leone's finest genre offerings. To which, with thanks, the result is one of the best offerings in the 70s for the Oater enthusiast.

The film opens with our mysterious drifter slowly coming out of the beautiful sprawling haze and into Lago, it's ethereal, then there's just the sound of the horse breathing and the clop of its hooves that can be heard (the sound mix here is incredible), it's a gloriously mysterious opening that sets the tone perfectly. Yet Eastwood is just toying with us though, for a quick jolt of sex and violence snaps us out of the beatific warmth and into a quite hauntingly cold and morally challenged place. From here on in the stranger will demand all manner of odd things from the residents of Lago, he seems to be toying with them and revelling in their discomfort, with Lago quickly resembling an arid hellhole. You see, Lago has a dark secret, and our mysterious stranger has a purpose, and it's this purpose that makes High Plains Drifter an intriguing and gripping experience.

A well known fact now is that the great man of the genre, John Wayne, wrote Eastwood to strongly complain about his harsh vision of the West, one can only think the Duke failed to grasp the post Vietnam feel of a 70s made Western. It's a great directorial effort from Eastwood, more so when you marry up his acting performance to his directorial duties. Very much the perfect role, it lets Eastwood accentuate his rugged Western leanings. Eastwood would direct the similarly themed Pale Rider in the 80s and then the genre crown topper Unforgiven in the 90s. A Western great in each decade? Well that will always be debatable, but what we do know is that the Western genre was considerably lucky to have had such a man to keep the genre going for the newer interested wanderers into the Wild West.

Beautifully photographed (Bruce Surtees) on the shores of Mono Lake, California, it's a film pungent with sex, sadism, retribution and risks. High Plains Drifter is mystical and magnificent and essential Western fare. 9/10

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