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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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Darkest Eastwood western See more (157 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Clint Eastwood ... The Stranger

Verna Bloom ... Sarah Belding

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

Mitch Ryan ... Dave Drake (as Mitchell Ryan)
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)
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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 | 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:
During an interview on "Inside the Actors Studio" (1994), Clint Eastwood commented that earlier versions of the script made The Stranger the dead marshal's brother. He favoured a less explicit and more supernatural interpretation and excised the reference. Although the Italian, Spanish, French and German dubbings retain it.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: When The Stranger gives the Indian children the jars of candy in the general store, the jars have white plastic seals. Plastic was unknown in the 19th century.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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27 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
Darkest Eastwood western, 6 June 2007
Author: ereinion from Lemuria

"High Plains Drifter" is probably Clint Eastwood's darkest western and that says quite a bit. It has similarities with "Pale Rider", his other western gem. The hero is a mysterious, ghost-like figure and he fights against the evil and corruption that infests a small town in the middle of nowhere. What sets these two films apart is that here Eastwood is fighting a lone battle , and his only sidekick is the midget Mordecai, while almost all other inhabitants of Lago are corrupted or/and cowardly.

Eastwood delivers one of his strongest performances here and manages to be charming and humorous besides exacting cool-blooded vengeance. His interactions with the two women (Marianna Hill and Verna Bloom, both solid in their roles) who are very different draws comparisons to his earlier film "Hang 'Em High". But what sets this apart from the typical Eastwood fare is the dark nature of this movie. Anthony James, the man with the unforgettable face, is once again back as one of the main villains. The rest of the cast are quite forgettable and lesser known names, which adds credibility to this movie, making it a film to be taken seriously and not just a gathering of famous faces.

This film's perhaps strongest asset is the excellent screenplay by Ernest Tidyman, the Oscar-winner for "French Connection" and it is probably the best screenplay ever written for an Eastwood-directed western. The storyline never ceases to surprise and is full of suspense and great dialogue. As always, Clint knew who to pick. As always in the Clint films, this movie is not about love. Clint and Bloom's affair almost results in love, but it never gets the chance to develop. The surprise ending adds a great touch. This film really is a delight for fans of Clint Eastwood and unusual, film-noirish westerns.

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