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Well what can I say ? If you watch this film, then you'll already be a fan of Clint Eastwood,as the film itself is now quite old.But this film is what Clint does best-playing a man of few words,who has a past he doesn't share .Clint plays a man with no name who appears one day in a town and basically turns things upside down,,he pretends to be a "preacher" ,but is in fact a retired gun fighter who helps the local town cope with the bully boy tactics of the big mining company who are trying to force the towns' people to give up their gold mine stakes.There is a good moral story here about faith being everything to those uder pressure and really is worth seeing.
Very much Eastwood-lite, this is like a rerun of 'High Plains Drifter' or a rehearsal for 'Unforgiven', but either way, it's a low-key but beautifully made film. Like a lot of westerns you've seen before, 'Pale Rider' sees a stranger come to town, breaking up fights and seemingly on the side of good, especially when he reveals that he's a preacher, but there are hints of a violent past as Eastwood attempts to put down corrupt landowners. The atmosphere of a dry, dusty town is beautifully evoked, and of all directors currently at work, Eastwood knows and understands the mythic, violent world of the Western. It isn't as weird and driven as 'High Plains Drifter', but it has the same quality. Eastwood is fine, the action (when it comes) is tense, and all in all, it's good to be back in the saddle again.
After a nine-year break from the genre that made him an international star (the Western just before this one was The Outlaw Josey Wales, from 1976), Clint Eastwood returned in this gritty Western, crafted in the tradition of Shane and High Noon. Eastwood directed and stars as the nameless stranger known only as "Preacher" because he rides into a beleaguered mining town wearing a clerical collar. He's either an agent of death or an angel of mercy, and the echoes of Shane ring loud and clear when he comes to the aid of independent miners who are being terrorized by a local tycoon (Richard Dysart) and his ruthless band of hired guns. Befriended by a miner (Michael Moriarty) and idolized by the miner's wife and daughter (played by Carrie Snodgress and Sydney Penny, respectively), the "Pale Rider" sparks the defiant spirit of the underdog miners and takes after the bad guys with single-minded purpose. --Jeff Shannon