The Japanese ambassador is traveling through the Wild West by train, when gangsters hold up the train, to rob a gold shipment. They also carry an ancient Japanese sword the ambassador was ... See full summary »
A stranger rides out of the hot desert into a small town in the wild west. The towns people are scared of him, and 3 gunmen try, unsuccessfully, to kill him. He takes a room and decides to stay. Meanwhile, a group of outlaws are about to return to the town and take their revenge - will the towns leaders convince the mysterious man to help ? Written by
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Although Clint Eastwood is in the last four minutes of the film, he is absent for much of the climax. See more »
When The Stranger goes into the barber shop for a shave, he unbuckles and takes off his gun belt and sits in the chair. When the three bad guys harass him, he shoots them with the gun he removed only moments before. See more »
As is often the case with a Clint Eastwood western, High Plains Drifter is rather good.
The usual scenario opens, with Eastwood (playing an unnamed character again) riding into a small mining town, Lagos, where a small group of thugs unsuccessfully try to kill him.
This small act serves as an introduction to the local townsfolk: small-minded cowards who are all talk and no action. They also bear a horrifying secret.
Eastwood is eventually approached to help them fend off an upcoming attack from three criminals who have just been released from prison.
He also suffers from a recurring nightmare, which I will leave to you to find out.
Needless to say, all of the pieces come together by the end, and those of you not astute enough to have noticed will be saying, "of course!"
A good story combines with Eastwood's anti-heroic personality (he never really played a good guy, did he?) and a good supporting cast to produce one of the best westerns of the 1970s. As the Maltin summary states: "Half-serious, half tongue-in-cheek, with great role for midget Billy Curtis."
Curtis plays Mortecai, the town dwarf, who shadows Eastwood around Lagos. Some of the scenes in this are extremely funny, but are balanced by some harshly violent moments, of which Eastwood's nightmares are a prime example.
1985's Pale Rider bears similarity to High Plains Drifter in certain areas, but you'll have to watch that yourself to find out where.
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