• Pale Rider (1985)

Pale Rider

Release Date: June 28th, 1985

DVD Release Date: November 19th, 1997

R |1 hr 55 min

Plot Summary

When property owner Coy LaHood (Richard Dysart) starts using a band of hooligans to terrorize a group of small-town gold miners into giving up their territory, an enigmatic man named "Preacher" (Clint Eastwood) arrives in town. Preacher fends off the attacks, and then goes directly to LaHood to negotiate. When the miners, led by Hull Barret (Michael Moriarty), refuse the terms, LaHood sends in Marshall Stockburn (John Russell) to take down Preacher and the others.

Cast: Clint Eastwood, Michael Moriarty, Carrie Snodgress, Chris Penn, Richard Dysart, Sydney Penny, Richard Kiel, Doug McGrath

Director: Clint Eastwood

Genres: Western

Production Co: The Malpaso Company

Distributors: Warner Home Vídeo, Warner Bros.

Keywords: Rivalry, Tense, Rescue, Gritty, Dark, Small town

Ratings & Reviews

  • 75
    Bill CosfordMiami Herald

    It's beautiful, too. Westerns just don't work without scenery, and Bruce Surtees, the cinematographer, shoots postcards. [28 June 1985, p.1]

  • 100
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    No actor is more aware of his own instruments, and Eastwood demonstrates that in Pale Rider, a film he dominates so completely that only later do we realize how little we really saw of him. show more

  • 63
    Gene SiskelChicago Tribune

    Pale Rider may be a risk simply because westerns are not in vogue right now at the box office, but fresh and challenging westerns with Clint Eastwood always will be in vogue. show more

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