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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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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 ... 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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... and hell followed with him. See more »

Genres:

Western

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R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 June 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pale Rider 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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It was the night of this film's West Coast premiere at the Golden Bough Theater in Carmel that Clint Eastwood had a tryst with flight attendant Jacelyn Reeves at his apartment just a flew blocks away and conceived their secret son Scott Reeves (who later changed his name to Scott Eastwood). [June 20, 1985] See more »

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When the preacher approaches Stockburn he unlocks his firearm to re-chamber it. The bullet chamber he chooses is visibly empty yet he locks it in place and kills Marshall Stockburn. However, this could be a deliberate choice by the filmmakers, in line with other suggestions that the Preacher is some kind of mystical character. See more »

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Megan Wheeler: Lindsey.
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One good reason to watch it: Clint Eastwood
22 June 2005 | by philip_vandervekenSee all my reviews

I'll give you one good reason why shouldn't miss this movie: Clint Eastwood. If you are a fan of Westerns or even when you only like to watch one occasionally, than you should know more than enough. In my opinion Clint Eastwood is the one and only true Hollywood cowboy.

When a mysterious preacher - no-one knows where he comes from, what his past is, they don't even know his real name - comes to a gold mining camp near a small town in the mountains, the local miners are in great danger. A ruthless landowner has decided to take their land, he doesn't mind using violence and he has the support of the sheriff. No one seems to be able to stop them. But than the preacher proves to be more than a man of God. He's a good shooter, the sheriff is afraid of him and he's the only one brave enough to rise against the landowner...

If you are looking for an original movie, than you'll have to look somewhere else. This movie uses all the possible clichés that can be found in this kind of Westerns. But on the other hand I must also say that all is done in a very proper way. Eastwood is a fine director and he did what he was best in at the time: he made a Western. The story, the direction, the acting, the scenes,... it all looks professional and more than OK and especially thanks to Eastwood's acting performance in it, this movie is still a 'must-see'. I'm not a big fan of Westerns, but every time that I'm able to see one with Eastwood in it, I'll not let it pass. My advice: if you can see past the fact that it isn't very original, you will almost certainly enjoy it. I certainly did and that's why I give this movie a 7.5/10.


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