icon Film Profile: Pale Rider - (1985)
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6.9/10 Stars
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3.5/10 Stars
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"... and hell followed with him."

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  • Director: Clint Eastwood
  • Genre: Western, Drama, Action & Adventure,
  • Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
  • Duration: 130 Mins

Overview:
This handsome, enigmatic western, virtually a reworking of Shane, 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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Cast List:
Preacher : Clint Eastwood
Hull Barret : Michael Moriarty
Sarah Wheeler : Carrie Snodgress
Josh Lahood : Christopher Penn
Coy Lahood : Richard Dysart
Megan Wheeler : Sydney Penny
Club : Richard Kiel
Spider Conway : Doug McGrath
Marshal Stockburn : John Russell
McGill : Charles Hallahan
Jagou : Marvin J McIntyre
Ma Blankenship : Fran Ryan

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