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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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Release Date:
22 August 1973 (USA) See more »
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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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (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)
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)
Crew verified as complete

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105 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
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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The first time Clint Eastwood directed one of his Westerns.See more »
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 »
[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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18 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
Clint Eastwood's Signature Film!, 8 July 2005
Author: MonteCarloMan from United States

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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