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Pale Rider (1985)

R | | Western | 28 June 1985 (USA)
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A mysterious preacher protects a humble prospector village from a greedy mining company trying to encroach on their land.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Josh LaHood (as Christopher Penn)
Marvin J. McIntyre ...
Richard Hamilton ...
Graham Paul ...
Chuck Lafont ...
Eddie Conway (as Chuck LaFont)


A gold mining camp in the California foothills is besieged by a neighboring landowner intent on stealing their claims. A preacher rides into camp and uses all of his powers of persuasion to convince the landowner to give up his attacks on the miners. Written by David J. Kiseleski <davidk269@aol.com>

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Release Date:

28 June 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El jinete pálido  »

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$6,900,000 (estimated)


$41,400,000 (USA)

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During shooting, Clint Eastwood sustained what he describes as the worst injury he has ever had on set when a horse he was riding fell through thin ice and launched him forward. Clint suffered a dislocated shoulder. See more »


Early in the film, during the bad guys raid the tin-panner's camp, one member of the gang is clearly shown shooting a 1872 Colt Single Action Army revolver at a steer. The film is set prior to the availability of the SAA and all other revolvers shown throughout the film are Colt cartridge conversions of the 1860 Army model, or the Preacher's cartridge conversion Remington. See more »


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Megan Wheeler: Lindsey.
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The credit for catering just says "The Caterers" (including the quotation marks in the credit). See more »


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The film should be called "Pale Remake"
26 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A pale, shameless and unnecessary remake of George Stevens's classic 1953 Western "Shane," down to its homesteaders-versus-cattlemen story (here gold-panners-versus-sluice-miners) being told through the eyes of an adolescent so taken with a mysterious gunfighter-come-from-nowhere to help the humble underdogs that he/she idolizes the gunfighter more than his/her parents.

"Pale Rider" is a handsome film, shot in the Rocky Mountain high country, with a more than competent cast, but it's also thin and bloodless, and utterly lacking in any real feeling, tension or reason for being.

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