High Plains Drifter

1973  105 MN

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Clint Eastwood

A gunfighting stranger comes to the small settlement of Lago. After gunning down three gunmen who tried to kill him, the townsfolk decide to hire the Stranger to hold off three outlaws who are on their way.

 Release Date

April 19, 1973


1h45m (105 min)


$ 5,500,000


$ 15,700,000

 Top Billed Cast

 Clint Eastwood
 The Stranger
 Verna Bloom
 Sarah Belding
 Marianna Hill
 Callie Travers
 Mitchell Ryan
 Dave Drake
 Jack Ging
 Morgan Allen
 Stefan Gierasch
 Mayor Jason Hobart

 Written by

Ernest Tidyman Screenplay
Dean Riesner Screenplay


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Clint Eastwood
  The Stranger
Verna Bloom
  Sarah Belding
Marianna Hill
  Callie Travers
Mitchell Ryan
  Dave Drake
Jack Ging
  Morgan Allen
Stefan Gierasch
  Mayor Jason Hobart
Ted Hartley
  Lewis Belding
Billy Curtis
Geoffrey Lewis
  Stacey Bridges
Scott Walker
  Bill Borders
Walter Barnes
  Sheriff Sam Shaw
Paul Brinegar
  Lutie Naylor
Richard Bull
  Asa Goodwin
Robert Donner
John Hillerman
John Quade
  Jake Ross
John Mitchum
Belle Mitchell
  Mrs. Lake
Dan Vadis
  Dan Carlin
Anthony James
  Cole Carlin
Russ McCubbin
  Fred Short
William O'Connell
Reid Cruickshanks
Jim Gosa
  Tommy Morris
Jane Aull
Carl Pitti
  Teamster (as Carl C. Pitti)
Buddy Van Horn
  Marshall Jim Duncan


Clint Eastwood
Henry Bumstead
  Art Direction
Bruce Surtees
  Director of Photography
Ferris Webster
Ernest Tidyman
George Milo
  Set Decoration
Dean Riesner
Robert Daley
Jennings Lang
  Executive Producer
Dee Barton
  Original Music Composer
James R. Alexander
  Sound Designer


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John Chard

Supernatural Western?

A lone gunman with no name and seemingly with no past, rides into the dusky town of Lago. The residents of Lago at first view the stranger with suspicion, but when news that some outlaws that are out for blood are on their way to town, they ask the stranger for his help.

This is Clint Eastwood's first Western film that he directed, and it's clear and evident that the guy not only loves the genre that made his name, he also knows what makes it work. Obviously having worked for Sergio Leone, Eastwood was making notes because High Plains Drifter oozes the mythical aura of many of Leone's finest genre offerings. To which, with thanks, the result is one of the best offerings in the 70s for the Oater enthusiast.

The film opens with our mysterious drifter slowly coming out of the beautiful sprawling haze and into Lago, it's ethereal, then there's just the sound of the horse breathing and the clop of its hooves that can be heard (the sound mix here is incredible), it's a gloriously mysterious opening that sets the tone perfectly. Yet Eastwood is just toying with us though, for a quick jolt of sex and violence snaps us out of the beatific warmth and into a quite hauntingly cold and morally challenged place. From here on in the stranger will demand all manner of odd things from the residents of Lago, he seems to be toying with them and revelling in their discomfort, with Lago quickly resembling an arid hellhole. You see, Lago has a dark secret, and our mysterious stranger has a purpose, and it's this purpose that makes High Plains Drifter an intriguing and gripping experience.

A well known fact now is that the great man of the genre, John Wayne, wrote Eastwood to strongly complain about his harsh vision of the West, one can only think the Duke failed to grasp the post Vietnam feel of a 70s made Western. It's a great directorial effort from Eastwood, more so when you marry up his acting performance to his directorial duties. Very much the perfect role, it lets Eastwood accentuate his rugged Western leanings. Eastwood would direct the similarly themed Pale Rider in the 80s and then the genre crown topper Unforgiven in the 90s. A Western great in each decade? Well that will always be debatable, but what we do know is that the Western genre was considerably lucky to have had such a man to keep the genre going for the newer interested wanderers into the Wild West.

Beautifully photographed (Bruce Surtees) on the shores of Mono Lake, California, it's a film pungent with sex, sadism, retribution and risks. High Plains Drifter is mystical and magnificent and essential Western fare. 9/10


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