• High Plains Drifter (2003)

High Plains Drifter

Release Date: September 6th, 2003

DVD Release Date: February 24th, 1998

R |1 hr 45 min

Plot Summary

In this Western, a drifter with no name (Clint Eastwood) wanders into a small town, where his gun-slinging abilities are in high demand. When the drifter rides into Lago, he is met with incredulity and disapproval by the townspeople. But once he shows his skills with a pistol, the locals realize he may be able to help them fend off a band of criminals who have been terrorizing the town. He agrees to help the townspeople, but does so with his own secret agenda.

Cast: Clint Eastwood, Verna Bloom, Marianna Hill, Mitch Ryan, Jack Ging, Stefan Gierasch, Ted Hartley, Billy Curtis

Director: Clint Eastwood

Genres: Western

Production Co: Universal Pictures, The Malpaso Company

Keywords: Revenge, Pursuit, Survival, Gritty, Murder, Wife

Ratings & Reviews

  • 80
    Ian NathanEmpire

    Brutal story-line which is about as close to an explicit allegory as the western has ever come. show more

  • 80
    Film Threat

    Clint Eastwood is the ultimate thinking man’s cinematic killing machine. High Plains Drifter is his spooky, dark, and vicious version of the Sergio Leone Man With No Name Spaghetti Westerns he once starred in, and a moody existential meditation on gunplay, revenge and karma. Payback!  show more

  • 80
    The Telegraph

    A gothic horror story and revenge thriller, it’s one of the darkest Westerns going. As much a ghost story as anything else, it stars Eastwood as a gunslinging cowboy paid handsomely to protect an idyllic Californian mining town from bandits. show more

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com