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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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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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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)
 
Crew verified as complete


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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

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The character of Marshal Duncan was played by stuntman Buddy Van Horn, a long-time stunt coordinator for Clint Eastwood, in order to create some ambiguity over whether he and The Stranger are one and the same.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: The amount of shaving cream on The Stranger's face during the shooting of the three bad dudes in the barber shop.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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51 out of 62 people found the following review useful.
Clint Eastwood's First Masterpiece, 11 April 2006

By the early 70s, actor Clint Eastwood's career had gone from being a mere extra to a well-known Hollywood star. Thanks to the success of Sergio Leone's immortal Westerns, Eastwood was noticed and soon he began to work in very good projects, with great results. Despite being a respected actor, nobody could have imagined that his talent as director was even superior to his acting skills, and after a fairly good debut in 1971 (the thriller "Play Misty for Me"), he crafted his first masterpiece in 1973 as a tribute to his own artistic mentors: the haunting western "High Plains Drifter".

"High Plains Drifter" is the story of a small mining town named "Lago" which is constantly troubled by outlaws and gunfighters. One day a stranger (Clint Eastwood) comes to town, and manages to kill three of those outlaws, gaining instant recognition and the offer of having whatever he wants from the town if he gets rid of the rest of the gang. He accepts but the town doesn't know that the mysterious stranger has a secret that will change their lives for ever.

The figure of the stranger comes to town to alter the fragile equilibrium of their existence, and soon the town's own demons return to haunt them. Eastwood's character is not exactly the hero we know, but a morally ambiguous cruel man that doesn't hesitate to use and abuse the townspeople and that clearly has an agenda of his own. Written by Ernest Tidyman, this is a dark tale that explores the ambiguous morality of people and the concepts of justice and revenge.

Eastwood's second directorial effort is a powerful movie that brilliantly combines the elements of Western with those of suspense and thriller. Due to his solid career in Westerns, Eastwood knows the genre's characteristics and pushes them forward to create something more, a movie beyond its genre. With brilliant camera-work, he goes from dream sequences out of a nightmare to day sequences in Leone's Spaghetti Western style. This is definitely a tribute to his mentors (In fact, he included a small reference to his directors in a cemetery scene).

The acting is remarkably good, with Eastwood himself leading the cast with great skill and his powerful presence. His character is a lot more complex than his "Man With No Name" and it could be said that he mixes in one character the characteristics of the three outlaws of "The Good, The Bad and the Ugly". The underrated Billy Curtis is great as Mordecai, probably the only one in town who knows (and understands) the stranger's secret. The rest of the cast is very good and even those in small roles (such as William O'Connell as the barber) give performances of high quality. Apparently Eastwood's talent with people was there from the beginning.

Tidyman's story is very well-constructed, and can be seen from diverse points of view. Every character in town is well-defined no matter how long their screen-time is, and Eastwood makes the most of it. It's hard to find a flaw in this movie and I really can't praise it enough. It is a story that once that grabs you never lets you go.

"High Plains Drifter" is a must-see, not only for Western fans, it is a powerful story that is more than what it seems. Great camera-work, haunting images, terrific script, superb acting, all pieces fit to create Clint Eastwood's first masterpiece. This dark western sets the path of Eastwood's career as a director and one can see why is he one of the best directors alive. 10/10

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