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The train station built for production was used again late in 1988 for Back to the Future Part III (1990).
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.
It was at the premiere of this film that Clint Eastwood had a tryst with flight attendant Jacelyn Reeves and conceived their son, Scott Eastwood.
The first horse assigned to Richard Kiel collapsed the first time he climbed aboard. He was then assigned a stronger horse.
Reportedly, apparently, the long gap between Clint Eastwood making westerns was caused by a mid-life allergy Eastwood had to horses.
When Stockburn arrives in town, Coy La Hood describes the Preacher to him. Stockburn appears unnerved and says quietly, "That man is dead," perhaps hinting that he had killed him or watched him die before. Clint Eastwood revealed in interviews that his character is in fact a ghost.
After Richard Kiel gets hit between the legs, preacher helps him back to his horse. You do not see this but Richard, due to back problems, had to use a step that was on the side of the horse to get onto his saddle. If you look you can see Richard take a step onto the platform before getting on the horse.
The "Preacher" character played by Clint Eastwood is never known by any personal names. According to trade paper Variety, the preacher is "so dubbed because he initially appears wearing a clerical collar".
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The movie marked the return to the big screen of Clint Eastwood's "Man with No Name" nameless drifter type character.
The highest grossing western at the box-office made and released during the 1980s.
The title refers to the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse from the Book of Revelation, chapter six. Megan is reading the exact verse when she and her mom first see Preacher ride up to their house.
Unlike his earlier films, Clint Eastwood first selected the film's theme and then commissioned a screenplay to be written.
Despite the notorious financial and critical failure of Heaven's Gate (1980), the Hollywood film industry within about five years of that movie revived the oater movie genre during the mid-80s producing a mini-cycle of Western movies of which churned out such Western oaters as Silverado (1985), Rustlers' Rhapsody (1985), Pale Rider (1985) and Lust in the Dust (1985).
Clint Eastwood's fourteenth film for the Warner Brothers studio.
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Though there is no direct relation in the scripts, Eastwood previously starred in a similarly named segment of his TV series: Rawhide: Incident of the Pale Rider (1963) in 1963.
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The picture is frequently compared to Shane (1953) as well as High Noon (1952).
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As with the earlier 'Clint Eastwood' western High Plains Drifter (1973), the mining camp set was comprised of not just exteriors but had interiors inside the set structures as well.
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Chris Penn plays one of the villains, Josh LaHood. Clint Eastwood would later direct his brother Sean Penn in an Oscar-Winning Performance in Mystic River (2003).
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The film was entered into competition at the Cannes Film Festival in 1985.
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The music that plays in the teaser trailer is Alan Hawkshaw's "Best Endeavours" which was the longstanding theme music for Britain's Channel Four news.
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The pale rider's revolver is a Remington Model 1858.
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Remade as 2007's "Missionary Man".
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Both Richard Dysart and Charles Hallahan also acted together in John Carpenter's 'The Thing' (1982)
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The film is a remake of the 1953 classic "Shane".
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Warren Clarke has said in an interview with TV Times that he was offered a role in this project
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Fritz ManesClint Eastwood's regular producing partner as a stage rider. The appearance was one of seven that Manes has made in Eastwood's movies.
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