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Pale Rider (1985)

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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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Clint Eastwood
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Clint Eastwood ... Preacher
Michael Moriarty ... Hull Barret
Carrie Snodgress ... Sarah Wheeler
Chris Penn ... Josh LaHood (as Christopher Penn)
Richard Dysart ... Coy LaHood
Sydney Penny ... Megan Wheeler
Richard Kiel ... Club
Doug McGrath ... Spider Conway
John Russell ... Stockburn
Charles Hallahan ... McGill
Marvin J. McIntyre Marvin J. McIntyre ... Jagou
Fran Ryan ... Ma Blankenship
Richard Hamilton Richard Hamilton ... Jed Blankenship
Graham Paul Graham Paul ... Ev Gossage
Chuck Lafont Chuck Lafont ... Eddie Conway (as Chuck LaFont)
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Storyline

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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Hell comes home See more »

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 June 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El jinete pálido See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,900,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,119,111, 30 June 1985, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$41,410,568
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Company Credits

Production Co:

The Malpaso Company See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The opening scene of Pale Rider (1985) where an innocent town is attacked is similar to the opening of Eastwood's Western The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976) where Josey's family is attacked by soldiers. See more »

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When Coy La Hood gets on the horse for the first time, there is a rip in the seat of his pants. See more »

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Megan Wheeler: Lindsey.
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A strange preacher comes to defense miners in their struggle against the nasty owners
22 October 2012 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

A drifter (Clint Eastwood) comes to a mining village in the Old West just in time to reckoning gunslingers and owners . He is a mysterious preacher who comes to the aid of gold prospectors and protects a humble embattled prospector (Michael Moriarty) and his woman (Carrie Snodgres) from a greedy mining company (ruled by LaHood , Richard Dysart, and his son Josh LaHood , Chris Penn) trying to encroach on their land . Meanwhile , the Good Stranger is idolized by their daughter named Megan (Sydney Penny). As the wealthy owner contracts a group of outlaws as hired gunfighters (led by John Russell who also acted as villain in Rio Bravo) to kill miners . The title ¨The Pale Rider¨ 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.

Well crafted Western with interesting screenplay written by Michael Butler and Dennis Shryack . Although atmospheric , it's also sometimes slow-moving and winds up into a spectacular showdown . This stirring picture contains a powerful examination of morality and hypocrisy on people as well as an enjoyable message about faith and hope . Clint Eastwood is unforgettable in the title role coming to help a group of struggling miners and homesteaders . Clint Eastwood revealed in interviews that his character is in fact a ghost. Other clues to the Preacher's true nature are the ghastly bullet wound scars seen when he is dressing, and his sudden appearances and disappearances throughout the movie . 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 as Clint suffered a dislocated shoulder . Good casting with several secondaries as Carrie Snodgress , Chris Penn , Doug McGrath , Richard Kiel , Charles Hallahan , Billy Drago and special mention to John Russell as a downright nasty. Exquisitely shot in Panavision by Bruce Surtees , son of classic cameraman Robert Surtees , with a magnificent cinematography on the wooded exteriors and snowy mountains backgrounds. Acceptable production design by veteran Edward Carfagno , though the train station built for production was used again late in 1988 for Back to the Future Part III . Thrilling as well as sensitive musical score by Lennie Niehaus . The film is made in somewhat similar style to ¨Shane¨ by George Stevens , and which so much cloning of ¨High plains drifter¨ also directed by Eastwood only this time the drifter appears to have been sent from hell rather than heaven to right from ordinary injustices . Star, producer , filmmaker Eastwood realizes an excellent film and perfectly directed . This classic Western as good as the notorious ¨Josey Wales¨ is splendid in every way . Later on , Eastwood produced and directed another successful Western ¨Unforgiven(1992)¨ also with some common theme.


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