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High Plains Drifter (1973) Poster

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Sarah Belding: Be careful. You're a man who makes people afraid, and that's dangerous.

The Stranger: It's what people know about themselves inside that makes 'em afraid.

Preacher: See here, you can't turn all these people out into the night. It is inhuman, brother. Inhuman!

The Stranger: I'm not your brother.

Preacher: We are all brothers in the eyes of God.

The Stranger: All these people, are they your sisters and brothers?

Preacher: They most certainly are.

The Stranger: ...Then you won't mind if they come over and stay at your place, will ya?

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Bill Borders: Maybe you think you're fast enough to keep up with us, huh?

The Stranger: A lot faster than you'll ever live to be.

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Lewis Belding: I got 18 people in my hotel! Where are they gonna go?

The Stranger: Out.

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The Stranger: You're going to look pretty silly with that knife sticking out of your ass.

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[last scene: the stranger is on his way out of town. He stops at the cemetary, where Mordecai is chiseling a gravestone]

Mordecai: I'm just about done here.

[pause]

Mordecai: I never did know your name...

The Stranger: Yes, you do.

[Mordecai stares at the stranger, confused]

The Stranger: Take care.

Mordecai: [salutes] Yes, sir, captain!

[the Stranger rides away. The camera pans back to reveal the writing on the gravestone: "MARSHAL JIM DUNCAN - REST IN PEACE"]

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The Stranger: Wonder what took her so long to get mad?

Mordecai: Because maybe you didn't go back for more?

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The Stranger: I like chicken, fried.

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The Stranger: I'd like rifles and ammunition for everyone in the regiment.

Gunsmith: What regiment?

The Stranger: The city of Lago volunteer force

Gunsmith: Never heard of it

The Stranger: Well you should have because your in it.

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The Stranger: Your feet ma'am are almost as big as your mouth.

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[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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Mordecai: What about after we do it?

The Stranger: Hmm?

Mordecai: What do we do then?

The Stranger: Then you live with it.

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Callie Travers: Just what do you consider going too far? Isn't forcible rape in broad daylight a misdemeanor in this town?

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The Stranger: I'd love to oblige you. But a man's got to get his rest sometime.

Sarah Belding: Oblige me?

The Stranger: But I tell you what, if you'd come back in about half hour, I'll see what I can do, all right?

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Sarah Belding: They say the dead don't rest without a marker of some kind.

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Sheriff Dan Shaw: Well, I been needin' to talk with you; now's as good a time as any.

The Stranger: What about?

Sheriff Dan Shaw: Billy Borders.

The Stranger: Don't know the man.

Sheriff Dan Shaw: Well, you missed your chance; you shot him yesterday.

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Warden: Bridges, you Carlin boys, don't forget your tickets back to my little hotel

[throws their guns and gun belts on the ground]

Warden: Don't worry, they ain't loaded.

Stacey Bridges, Outlaw: What about our horses? We rode in here on three good animals.

Warden: What do you think you been eatin' the last six months.

[goes back in and closes the door]

Cole Carlin, Outlaw: Damn him! I didn't think I was eatin' my own horse! He's lying. That slop he fed us wasn't our horses. He stole 'em and sold 'em, that's what he done!

Stacey Bridges, Outlaw: Shut up!

[smiles]

Stacey Bridges, Outlaw: When we get to Lago, you can have the mayor's horse, fried or barbecued.

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Sheriff Dan Shaw: Billy, he wasn't a loved man. He didn't have much personality and what he did have was all bad.

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Mordacai: What did you say your name was again?

The Stranger: I didn't.

Mordecai: No. I guess you didn't at that, did you?

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Mayor Jason Hobart: I don't know if we shouldn't mark the grave somehow, Dan?

Sheriff Dan Shaw: I don't see any need. It ain't likely anybody is gonna cry over them anyhow.

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Lutie Naylor: [the stranger has bought a round for the house] Let's see, one round for the house plus the smoke; that comes to about eight dollars and fifty cents.

Sheriff Dan Shaw: [chuckling] There's no charge Lutie; you were at the meeting, anything he wants.

Lutie Naylor: I didn't know that mean free whiskey!

Sheriff Dan Shaw: Everybody's got to put something in the kitty.

The Stranger: [Reaches over a takes off Shaw's badge and pins it on Mordecai] 'Bout time this town had a new sheriff.

Mordacai: I'm the new sheriff!

[looks around the saloon]

Mordacai: I'm the new sheriff!

Mayor Jason Hobart: [laughing] I'm sorry, Dan; but you should have seen the look on your face when he took off your badge and pinned it on the runt.

Mordacai: I'm not a runt anymore; I'm the new sheriff!

The Stranger: [reaches over and takes off the mayor's hat and puts it on Mordecai] And the mayor. Any objections?

Mayor Jason Hobart: Uh, no.

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Stacey Bridges, Outlaw: Now, Morg. You just give us the combination to that safe in the mining office and we'll slip right in, get the money that's owed us and slip right back out again.

Morgan Allen: [dying] I wouldn't give you the combination to the gates of hell.

[Stacy stabs him in the throat with a sharpened stick]

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Sheriff Dan Shaw: [after the Stranger blows up the hotel and shoots four men] What the hell happened?

The Stranger: Somebody left the door open and the wrong dogs came home.

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Dan Carlin: He can ride double with me 'til we come across some body else. Likely we'll all need fresh mounts anyway. They probably found those bodies by now and they'll be hot on our trail. We need to keep moving.

Stacey Bridges, Outlaw: I just want enough time to take one year out of my life back from Lago.

Cole Carlin, Outlaw: How long you reckon that'll take?

Stacey Bridges, Outlaw: [smiling] For some of 'em; a lifetime.

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Stacey Bridges, Outlaw: [to The Stranger] Who are you?

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Lewis Belding: Will you never understand, woman? That wasn't anything we wanted to do. When Duncan found out the mine was on government property... it was just a technicality, really, but he was determined to turn us in. Wouldn't listen to reason.

Sarah Belding: Is that why? Is that really why it happened?

Lewis Belding: Don't you see, Sarah? They would have closed down the mine. Do you know what would've happened to this town then? It would've been the end of everything we've worked on. All of it, all of us. And you too, wife. Sometimes we have to do what's necessary to do... for the good of everybody. That's the price of progress.

Sarah Belding: And what's the price of a human life?

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The Stranger: [drinking] To your feet, Ma'am. They're not as big as your mouth.

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[the stranger dreams about the murder of marshal Jim Duncan: he is on the ground, whipped brutally by Stacey Bridges and the Carlin brothers]

Marshall Jim Duncan: Somebody, please help me. Help me!

[the town people stand still and watch. None of them intervenes to help the sheriff]

Marshall Jim Duncan: [to the town people, in his last breath] Damn you all to hell!

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The Stranger: Well, right now I don't feel too agreeable.

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The Stranger: The only problem you've got Sheriff is a short supply of guts.

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The Stranger: What makes you think I care?

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