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High Plains Drifter -- A mysterious gunfighter without a name rides across the desert landscape and arrives in the mining town beside the sea "Lago" to stay for the night. After gunning down three desperado's who tried to kill him, the town hires the gunfighter to help defend the town from three murderous outlaws, Stacey Bridges, Bill Borders and Cole Carlin who have been released from jail after they brutally whipped to death the town's local lawman Marshal Jim Duncan who is in his grave with a unmarked gravestone, the three outlaws set out to return to "Lago" to get their vengeance. Can the mysterious gunfighter without a name stop the three outlaws?
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Director:
Writer:
Ernest Tidyman (written by)
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Release Date:
22 August 1973 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Welcome to Hell See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Welcome to Lago, no actually its Hell! See more (162 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Clint Eastwood ... The Stranger

Verna Bloom ... Sarah Belding

Marianna Hill ... Callie Travers (as Mariana Hill)

Mitchell Ryan ... Dave Drake
Jack Ging ... Morgan Allen

Stefan Gierasch ... Mayor Jason Hobart
Ted Hartley ... Lewis Belding

Billy Curtis ... Mordecai

Geoffrey Lewis ... Stacey Bridges
Scott Walker ... Bill Borders
Walter Barnes ... Sheriff Sam Shaw

Paul Brinegar ... Lutie Naylor

Richard Bull ... Asa Goodwin

Robert Donner ... Preacher

John Hillerman ... Bootmaker
Anthony James ... Cole Carlin
William O'Connell ... Barber

John Quade ... Jake Ross
Jane Aull ... Townswoman
Dan Vadis ... Dan Carlin
Reid Cruickshanks ... Gunsmith
Jim Gosa ... Tommy Morris (as James Gosa)
Jack Kosslyn ... Saddlemaker
Russ McCubbin ... Fred Short
Belle Mitchell ... Mrs. Lake

John Mitchum ... Warden
Carl Pitti ... Teamster (as Carl C. Pitti)
Chuck Waters ... Stableman
Buddy Van Horn ... Marshall Jim Duncan
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jimmie Booth ... Target Wagon Driver (uncredited)
Alex Tinne ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Clint Eastwood 
 
Writing credits
Ernest Tidyman (written by)

Dean Riesner  uncredited

Produced by
Robert Daley .... producer
Jennings Lang .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Dee Barton 
 
Cinematography by
Bruce Surtees (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Ferris Webster 
 
Casting by
William Batliner (uncredited)
Robert J. LaSanka (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
Henry Bumstead 
 
Set Decoration by
George Milo 
 
Makeup Department
Joe McKinney .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Gary Morris .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Marina Pedraza .... hairdresser (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Ernest B. Wehmeyer .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
James Fargo .... assistant director (as Jim Fargo)
 
Art Department
Chester Duncan .... props (uncredited)
Greg C. Jensen .... carpenter (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
James R. Alexander .... sound
William Griffith .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Edwin J. Somers Jr. .... boom operator (uncredited)
Jerry Whittington .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Buddy Van Horn .... stunt coordinator
Mario Arteaga .... stunts (uncredited)
Cody Bearpaw .... stunts (uncredited)
Blair Burrows .... stunts (uncredited)
Richard Farnsworth .... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Hayward .... stunts (uncredited)
John Hudkins .... stunts (uncredited)
George Orrison .... stunt double: Clint Eastwood (uncredited)
George Orrison .... stunts (uncredited)
Carl Pitti .... stunts (uncredited)
Bob Terhune .... stunts (uncredited)
Buddy Van Horn .... stunt double (uncredited)
Chuck Waters .... stunts (uncredited)
George P. Wilbur .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Alfred Baalas .... camera assistant (uncredited)
Don Christie .... still photographer (uncredited)
Charles Holmes .... gaffer (uncredited)
Charles W. Short .... camera operator (uncredited)
Billy Simpson .... key grip (uncredited)
Roland 'Ozzie' Smith .... camera assistant (uncredited)
Bill Tenny .... best boy (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
James Gilmore .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Joanne Haas .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Glenn Wright .... wardrobe (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Jeff Gourson .... assistant film editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Robert Bain .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Mike Deasy .... musician (uncredited)
Tommy Morgan .... Musician: Harmonica (uncredited)
Jerry Whittington .... music editor (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Jack Lloyd .... transportation (uncredited)
 
Other crew
John Buckins .... wrangler (uncredited)
Edward Duarte .... wrangler (uncredited)
Tom Moore .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Buzz Newhouse .... production coordinator (uncredited)
Dominic Santarone .... caterer (uncredited)
Ruth Santarone .... caterer (uncredited)
Paul Spahn .... wrangler (uncredited)
Bill Steinmetz .... unit publicist (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
105 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:M (cable rating) | Australia:R (original rating) | Brazil:18 | Canada:PG (Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:R (Nova Scotia) | Canada:18+ (Ontario - 2006) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-16 | Germany:BPjM Restricted | Iceland:16 | Italy:VM14 | Netherlands:12 | Netherlands:18 (original rating) (1974) | New Zealand:R16 | Norway:16 (heavily cut) | Norway:(Banned) (1983-2003) (cinema release) | Singapore:M18 | South Africa:16LV | South Korea:15 | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 (heavily cut) | UK:X (original rating) (cut) | UK:18 (video rating) (1987) (1993) (2001) | USA:R | USA:R (MPAA rating) | West Germany:18

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Trivia:
Clint Eastwood wanted an offbeat look for High Plains Drifter (1973); not the conventional look of a Western.See more »
Goofs:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: In the scene where the stranger is taking a bath and the woman comes in to shoot him, there is an extra gun shot after the sheriff wraps her up in his arms.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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So who exactly is the stranger?
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17 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
Welcome to Lago, no actually its Hell!, 4 August 2005
Author: lost-in-limbo from the Mad Hatter's tea party.

A mysteriously callous stranger (Clint Eastwood) rides out of the desert into a small town called Lago and terrifies the locals by raping a lady and treading over the townsfolk, but when he kills three cowboys who wanted to make something out of nothing. The inhabitants are grateful that he freed them, but then they try to hire him to protect from three more cowboys who will return back to town when they finish their jail sentence in the next day or two. The stranger refuses the offer at first but when they tell him he can take anything for free and have power over the town he accepts the offer. Through this power he changes things around in town for his pleasure and this causes disruption amongst the locals who seem to regret hiring him.

Oh, I just love this bewildering film and I can't get enough of it! What we get here is a brutally mystical revenge western by Director/Star Clint Eastwood. I was totally mesmerised by it and Eastwood's direction is on the boil by capturing a strong essence of charm and also discomfort. It has a lot of elements going for it that it makes you (well, me) want to watch it over and over again. That's probably a good idea too, as thorough symbolisms and blinding supernatural occurrences fill the cryptic story. Some you might pick up on, while others don't seem to standout but are hidden under the material. Those enigmatic factors really keep your full interest, as the plot is played out very well with an eerie beginning that just pulls you in and then it ends with such a cunning conclusion. Before we get to the conclusion the haunting climax definitely builds sheer dread and packs bite with its visuals… a lot of bite! There's not much action in the film, but the story's subplots is what guides it and slowly builds the questions. You just wonder - There's got to be more to this new stranger in town and the townsfolk seemed to be keeping some hidden secret (or sin) behind close doors? The more the story builds on those the queries the less you seem to worry about the lack of gunfights and brawls. You actually start to read more into these mysteries when some of the questions are answered towards the end. Though, also watching the stranger toy around with the (guilty) townsfolk is pretty riveting stuff.

Another feature that blows you away would be how atmospheric it does get, with a pounding and alienating score that ticks away with its high pitch and howling sounds. These just added more unease to Eastwood's character when he was on screen with this humming score in the background. It just holds such an inspiring awe with its striking rigorous and desolated backdrop that went hand-to-hand with the brood horror and hell that follows the town's inhabitants. Engrossing scenery fills the back-shot with its vast mountains ranges and open spaces of dirt and rocks. One thing that stood out for me was the quieter moments, when it focused on body language and facial expressions to portray emotions. This really added to the alarming mood and a fairly sparse script was incredibly effective in making it highly-strung. Even the uneasy sound effects are used to great effect, especially in a particular nightmare scene. Violence is pretty much in your face and at times rather brutal, but Eastwood paces it superbly and fits it into the story. The humour that fills the story is a bit of a variety as sometimes there would be some subtle and dry humour, but then again when the dwarf was on screen it seems to play more as a loud joke. Steady camera-work is evident with plenty angle shots from behind and above and the occasional zoom. The texture of the film's material and powerful visuals is real moody, daring and it has a fairly cold-hearted tone to it all. It just leaves you with such an empty feeling.

Performance wise the cast was nothing but top-grade. Dauntingly malevolent is a good way to describe Eastwood persona as the mysterious stranger, in which he gives a typically first-rate and hypnotic performance (as usual). Is he some sort of Revenging Angel or a ghost of the past? This is what you ask. But anti-hero definitely comes to mind. The supporting cast is exceptional with the likes of the Verna Bloom, Billy Curtis, Marianna Hill, Mitch Ryan, Stefan Gierasch and Jack Ging.

This is one spellbinding semi-supernatural Western!

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