Pale Rider (DVD, 2010)
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- mintex03Aug 08, 2012by
Pale Rider (DVD, 2010)
Clint Eastwood is the pale rider. He is a man of no name, just an occupation, a traveling preacher. As he rides into a snow covered small Northern California town he sees a bunch of bullies attacking a peaceful, unarmed man. The Preacher wades into them just as any good samaritan would have done. The man is Hull Barrett (Michael Moriarty), and he is one of several "tin pans", miners who pan for gold dust in the streams of Corbet Canyon. Hull's group have been constantly under siege by riders who work for a large hydraulic mining operation. The prospectors have legal claims, but if they can be chased out, the big mine can take over. Hull invites the Preacher home with him for saving his life. Hull doesn't know that Eastwood is a preacher at this point. When Hull arrives home, his wife is upset that he has asked a stranger into their home, but when he walks in and is wearing a clerical collar, all are surprised. Sarah, isn't married to Hull yet, but plans to marry. Sarah has a fifteen year old daughter, Megan, who just days earlier when the riders tore up their camp and killer her dog, prayed for help. In the ensuing days, it becomes pretty obvious that although the Preacher is a man of God, he is also someone else, someone not to be messed with. The owner of the corporate mining operation is Coy LaHood. When he tries to bribe the Preacher with offers of a church in town, rich Sunday collections, and nice clothes, he has no luck. Eastwood then suggests that LaHood pay them to leave and he then offers to pay $1000 per claim for the prospectors to leave, or face a gang of Regulators, Marshall Stockburn, and his deputies, all killers. Feeling that the Preacher will be there to handle things for them, they refuse the offer. The Preacher knows Stockburn, and you just have the feeling that there is a bad history that needs to be settled. Hull Barrett has guts and wants everyone to stand up and fight. Sarah and Megan are both sort of in love with the Preacher, but he refuses their advances. When the morning of the showdown comes, the Preacher is gone. He has gone to get his guns. Upon returning, he finds Megan being accosted by LaHood's son Josh who runs things for his dad. Josh is about eighteen. The preacher gets there just in time and saves Megan, and shoots Josh in the hand. After taking Megan home, Eastwood and Hull dynamite the hydraulic mining operation and buildings. Then Eastwood goes off to meet Stockburn and his men. He chases Hull's horse off, because he don't want him hurt. In the showdown, Eastwood kills all of the deputies and Stockburn. As Megan is racing to town to throw herself at the Preacher, he rides off the same way that he arrived.Read full review
- lance_coryApr 19, 2012by
Mildly entertaining, not amoung the best Eastwood Westerns
This movie strikes me as a re-invention of High Plains Drifter. The story line is very similar. Pale rider seems to me to be of a higher quality; the settings seem a little more realistic, not as much like a temporary movie set. However, I watch movies mostly for entertainment value, and I think that High Plains Drifter was easily as entertaining. I think the overall quality of the acting is better in Pale Rider. Personally, I like the fantasy revenge / justice style of many of the Eastwood westerns. Just so you know how to gauge this review, I favor his movies like Fistful of Dollars were pretty much all the bad guys (almost the whole cast) dies in some spectacular showdown. The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, is another of my favorites. If that is the kind that you like, this movie will disappoint you a bit. It lacks the great tense scenes, the Fantastic music scores etc. However, it has the enhanced quality and missing voice overs that many do not like. The basic plot is about a mining camp being pressured to abandon their claims by the big powerful local rich guy bully. Their 'salvation' is provided by a tough guy preacher, played by Mr. Eastwood. I thought the Unforgiven was a very well made movie, but I did not like it. I would give it a 1 star rating, while G, B, & U and Fistful would get 5 stars (again, based on how they entertained me. Pale rider by comparison, is right in the middle at 3 starsRead full review
- renegade7272Jan 04, 2012by
Good, but not the best western in the world
Clint Eastwood was at his best on this quality western. One of those sort of dark, moody movies and stretches your mind, Pale Rider gives a rallying cry for the underdog against the rich miner in the local town. My most favorite performance was John Russell, the outlaw sheriff, who was set to kill the Preacher. I love his work, and this was no slouch performance.
All in all, not bad, but it's not your best John Wayne western. It's Clint Eastwood, and its dark.
- danatjewridgeSep 14, 2011by
Excellent Movie;This is Clint Eastwood at his very best;A true Classic*****
Clint Eastwood at his best. He is a true testament to the cast of actors in this movie. He uses the spirit of a man to help pull a group together to fight against crooks and thugs who like to push and bully people around. He is a powerful figure in this movie and is a true leader. One of his best works. This movie is action packed from start to finish. And is truly a wonderful western classic.!!!
- loveshisladyOct 08, 2015by
movie worth watching
great movie happy with my purches
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