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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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User Reviews:
Not a chick flick 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)

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:
Dean Riesner did uncredited contributions to the script.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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FAQ

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So who exactly is the stranger?
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75 out of 124 people found the following review useful.
Not a chick flick, 10 January 2005
Author: Dennis Littrell from United States

Obviously this was produced before the age of feminist political correctness. The anti-hero with no name--Clint Eastwood, of course, a throwback to his days making spaghetti westerns in Italy with Sergio Leone--comes riding tall in the saddle down into a valley with a mining town by a lake. (The movie was shot around the Mono Lake area of California.) Particularly effective in this unforgettable opening scene is the music sounding like the high whine of the wind off of the desert. This town would be "Lago" later to be renamed "Hell" by Eastwood's character who is identified in the titles as "The Stranger." The stranger really just wants a shave and a bath and something to drink and eat and place to lay his head for the night. What he gets is a bad time from some roughnecks and a woman (Callie Travers, played by Marianna Hill) who has attraction/avoidance feelings for him. He shoots the three guys and rapes the woman before the movie is twenty minutes old. What I mean by this not being politically correct is that, despite herself, she likes it! That sort of thing is not done in cinema these days. The idea that a woman might be turned on by being raped would not play before today's audiences, nor would a Hollywood producer make such a film.

I won't go any further into the plot but suffice it to say that Eastwood is just beginning to kick tail. It seems that everybody in town is cowardly and without the will to protect themselves from the bad guys, especially the three who just got out of jail and are headed their way. How Eastwood, who directed from a script by Ernest Tidyman (The French Connection [1971]; Shaft [1971] etc.), handles the familiar revenge theme is interesting.

First it is no accident that Eastwood's protagonist is named "the Stranger." That is the English title of a famous novel by Albert Camus that surely influenced Eastwood. Camus's stranger is an existential anti-hero, a kind of benign sociopath who really doesn't feel anything for others except as they affect his life. But he is not particularly violent and just lives from one day to the next without any direction or goal. He just "exists." Eastwood's stranger does more than just exist. He takes action, and he is very good at it. Indeed, I can't recall a western movie in which a gunman could draw faster or shot straighter, or any movie hero who was less afraid of putting his life on the line. So, in a sense what Eastwood has added to Camus's stranger is Nietzsche's superman. And herein lies, I think, the underpinning of Eastwood's philosophy and his "message." Note that the people in the town to a man are cowardly. The only exception is Sarah Belding (Verna Bloom) who, like the aforementioned Callie Travers, can't resist the stranger's forceful charm, and falls in love with him. This somehow inspires her to leave the corrupt town.

Yes, the town, like most of human society is corrupt. And yes the average man in the street is cowardly and without the will to defend himself. It is only the ubermensch, that rare breed celebrated in the works of the German philosopher, who has the skill, the strength and the will to bend events to his liking and to take on those who would use violence to achieve their ends.

So what Eastwood does here in his second directorial effort (following Play Misty for Me, 1971) is to diverge from Leone's formula. While there is some very funny and intentionally ridiculous dialogue in such films as, for example, The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (1966), or For a Few Dollars More (1965) or A Fistful of Dollars (1964), there is little that is funny, intentionally or otherwise in High Plains Drifter. Furthermore, whereas Leone just wanted to make a buck and saw that tough-minded heroes or anti-heroes involved in action-filled revenge plots was a good way to do it, Eastwood is interested in also making a philosophic (and perhaps political) statement. We are degenerate, we humans, he is saying, except for those rare individuals who take the law into their own hands, make their own rules, and through superior skill and bravery, make their own luck and create their own reality, as does his stranger.

In this film there is also an element of the supernatural, or so it would appear. The stranger "sees" in his head the whipping of a past sheriff of the town. Perhaps it comes from the mind of the dwarf Mordecai (very well played by Billy Curtis, by the way) who witnessed the tortured death while hiding under the saloon. At any rate, the stranger shows that he is just as handy with the whip himself as he is with his six-gun.

By all means see this for an early look at the work of Clint Eastwood as both an actor and a director. You will not be bored I can assure you. But don't invite the girl friend over. If there was ever an anti-"chickflick," this is it.

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