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High Plains Drifter ()


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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.

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The Stranger
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Sarah Belding
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Callie Travers (as Mariana Hill)
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Dave Drake
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Morgan Allen
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Mayor Jason Hobart
Ted Hartley ...
Lewis Belding
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Mordecai
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Stacey Bridges
Scott Walker ...
Bill Borders
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Sheriff Sam Shaw
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Lutie Naylor
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Asa Goodwin
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Preacher
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Bootmaker
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Cole Carlin
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Barber
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Jake Ross
Jane Aull ...
Townswoman
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Dan Carlin
Reid Cruickshanks ...
Gunsmith
Jim Gosa ...
Tommy Morris (as James Gosa)
Jack Kosslyn ...
Saddlemaker
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Fred Short
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Mrs. Lake
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Warden
Carl Pitti ...
Teamster (as Carl C. Pitti)
Chuck Waters ...
Stableman
Buddy Van Horn ...
Marshall Jim Duncan
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Jimmie Booth ...
Target Wagon Driver (uncredited)
Alex Tinne ...
(uncredited)

Directed by

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Clint Eastwood

Written by

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Ernest Tidyman ... (written by)
 
Dean Riesner ... () (uncredited)

Produced by

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Robert Daley ... producer
Jennings Lang ... executive producer

Music by

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Dee Barton

Cinematography by

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Bruce Surtees ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Ferris Webster

Editorial Department

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Jeff Gourson ... assistant film editor (uncredited)

Casting By

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William Batliner ... (uncredited)
Robert J. LaSanka ... (uncredited)

Art Direction by

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Henry Bumstead

Set Decoration by

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George Milo

Makeup Department

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Joe McKinney ... makeup artist (uncredited)
Gary Morris ... makeup artist (uncredited)
Marina Pedraza ... hairdresser (uncredited)

Production Management

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Ernest B. Wehmeyer ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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James Fargo ... assistant director (as Jim Fargo)

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Chester Duncan ... props (uncredited)
Bill Gold ... poster designer (uncredited)
Greg C. Jensen ... carpenter (uncredited)

Sound Department

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James R. Alexander ... sound
William Griffith ... sound recordist (uncredited)
Edwin J. Somers Jr. ... boom operator (uncredited)
Jerry Whittington ... sound effects editor (uncredited)

Stunts

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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) / 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)

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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

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James Gilmore ... wardrobe (uncredited)
Joanne Haas ... wardrobe (uncredited)
Glenn Wright ... wardrobe (uncredited)

Music Department

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Robert Bain ... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Mike Deasy ... musician (uncredited)
Tommy Morgan ... musician: harmonica (uncredited)
Jerry Whittington ... music editor (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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Jack Lloyd ... transportation (uncredited)

Other crew

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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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Plot Summary

A Stranger rides into in the dusty mining town of Lago, where the townspeople are living in the shadow of a dark secret. After a shootout leaves the town's hired-gun protectors dead, the town's leaders petition the Stranger to stay and protect them from three ruthless outlaws who are soon to be released from prison. The three have their sights set on returning to Lago to wreak havoc and take care of some unfinished business. A series of events soon has the townspeople questioning whether siding with the Stranger was a wise idea as they quickly learn the price that they each must pay for his services. As the outlaws make their way back into Lago, they discover that the town is not exactly as they had left it, and waiting in the shadows is the Stranger, ready to expose the town's secret and serve up his own brand of justice. Written by bob-oconnor1964

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Also Known As
  • L'homme des hautes plaines (France)
  • Ein Fremder ohne Namen (Germany)
  • Infierno de cobardes (Spain)
  • En fremmed uden navn (Denmark)
  • Eer U'shma Gehenom (Israel, Hebrew title)
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Runtime
  • 105 min
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Budget $5,500,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia Shortly after the film's release, Clint Eastwood wrote to John Wayne, suggesting that they make a western together. Wayne sent back an angry letter in reply, in which he denounced this film for its violence and revisionist portrayal of the Old West. Eastwood did not bother to answer his criticisms, and consequently they did not work together. See more »
Goofs When the Stranger is first sipping his beer at the saloon, the bottle of whiskey is placed on the bar to the left of his glass of beer. When he reaches for his beer while saying the line "Faster than you'll ever live to be" to the one gunfighter, the bottle of whiskey "jumps" to the right of his glass of beer so he can pretend to draw his gun yet reach for the bottle of whiskey instead. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Earthquake (1974). See more »
Crazy Credits The closing shot of The Stranger disappearing into the heatwaves plays out over the end credits. See more »
Quotes 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.
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