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Pale Rider (1985)

R | | Drama, Western | 28 June 1985 (USA)
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A mysterious preacher (Clint Eastwood) 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 ... 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 (Clint Eastwood) 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:

Drama | Western

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Details

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

Gross USA:

$41,410,568

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$41,410,568
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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 title refers to the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse from the Book of the Revelation, chapter six. Megan Wheeler (Sydney Penny) is reading the exact verse when she and her mom, Sarah (Carrie Snodgress), first see Preacher (Clint Eastwood) ride up to their house. 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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'Pale Rider'
10 April 2004 | by rah604See all my reviews

In the Sergio Leone spaghetti westerns of the 60s, Clint Eastwood rose to fame playing the man with no name. In 'Pale Rider', Eastwood creates his own variation of this character. Eastwood plays a mysterious gunfighter who is given the name 'preacher' because of the preacher's collar he wears. When the 'preacher' arrives at a gold mining community, he helps them stand up against a callous landowner.

Eastwood cuts deep into the film's characters in what is a rather standard script. Particularly, in the scenes involving the preacher and a gold-mining family. Eastwood also succeeds in giving his film a dark atmosphere which only adds to its intensity.

'Pale Rider' may not be as good as the director's best westerns, 'Unforgiven' and 'The Outlaw Josey Wales', but it can be regarded as a strong effort in what has been an illustrious career for Eastwood.

Rating: (8/10)


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