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High Plains Drifter (1973)

R  |   |  Western  |  22 August 1973 (USA)
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A gunfighting stranger comes to the small settlement of Lago and is hired to bring the townsfolk together in an attempt to hold off three outlaws who are on their way.

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Storyline

A Stranger rides into in the dusty mining town of Lago, where the townspeople are living in the shadow of a dark secret. After a shootout leaves the towns hired-gun protectors dead, the towns leaders petition the Stranger to stay and protect them from 3 ruthless outlaws who are soon to be released from prison. The 3 have their sites set on returning to Lago to wreak havoc and take care of some unfinished business. A series of events soon has the townspeople questioning whether siding with the Stranger was a wise idea as they quickly learn the price that they each must pay for his services. As the outlaws make their way back into Lago, they discover that the town is not exactly as they had left it, and waiting in the shadows is the Stranger, ready to expose the town's secret and serve up his own brand of justice. Written by bob-oconnor1964

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They'd never forget the day he drifted into town. See more »

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22 August 1973 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La venganza del muerto  »

Box Office

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SEK 1,512,351 (Sweden)
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(Westrex Recording System)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

One of the first Westerns that took a revisionist stance as opposed to the traditional ones of the genre. See more »

Goofs

When the next to last bad guy is hanged with a bull whip, as he is first hoisted he spins a little and you can clearly see that is is a rope around his neck (not a bull whip), and that it is tied in a knot with some other ropes going down the back of his shirt (obviously attached to a supporting harness). See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
The Stranger: Beer... and a bottle.
Lutie Naylor: Ain't much good, but it's all there is.
[brings drinks]
Lutie Naylor: You want anything else?
The Stranger: Just a peaceful hour to drink it in.
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Crazy Credits

The closing shot of The Stranger disappearing into the heatwaves plays out over the end credits. See more »

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Referenced in Two Senoritas (1975) See more »

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Clint Eastwood's Signature Film!
8 July 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Of all of his westerns, his performance in 'Drifter was time and again the movie that, unarguably to me, defined his career. From the opening minutes when he rides into town, and coolly walks up to the bar, to the time he vaporizes into thin air when the credits roll, his performance in this film was gritty, flawless and truly Eastwood. Another quality to the movie is it's blend of atmosphere and story, no wonder why its played over and over again on TV. I remember watching it for the first time when I was around 12 (1985) I was very impressionable then and I remember how cool it was to watch Clint go thru his motions during the movie. Nobody knew his name or where he came from, and he didn't oblige them by making them guess throughout the movie. He shot his gun with lethal accuracy when anyone gave him trouble, and was noncommittal to the cowardly townsfolk who wanted his help to take care of the outlaws released from jail. He did things his own way. Those are just some of the reasons why I gave this film 9 stars out of a perfect 10.


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