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Pale Rider (1985)

R | | Western | 28 June 1985 (USA)
A mysterious preacher protects a humble prospector village from a greedy mining company trying to encroach on their land.

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Marvin J. McIntyre ...
Jagou
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Ma Blankenship
Richard Hamilton ...
Jed Blankenship
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Ev Gossage
Chuck Lafont ...
Eddie Conway (as Chuck LaFont)
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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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28 June 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El jinete pálido  »

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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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2.39 : 1
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This is the last Clint Eastwood Western where he plays the type of role that made him a movie star: A nameless character (known in this movie as the Preacher). It would also mark the last time he would ever have a beard in a movie (though he did have some facial hair when first seen in Unforgiven (1992)). See more »

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The windows throughout the film are obviously pane glass. In small California mining towns in the mid-1800s, the windows would either be wave type glass or simply covered by wooden shutters. See more »

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The credit for catering just says "The Caterers" (including the quotation marks in the credit). See more »

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Best Western of the 80's?
24 July 2003 | by See all my reviews

I don't know if this is the best Western of the 1980's, it wouldn't be too hard I suppose as there wasn't really that many made in that decade, or now unfortunately. Its the best Western of that decade that I have seen, the only other good one I can recall is Silverado and Young Guns was pretty good though the sequel was even better. The 1990's was a much better decade for Western fans, Dances with Wolves, Unforgiven, Tombstone, Wyatt Earp, Young Guns 2, The Quick and the Dead and of course Bad Girls (Only joking!). Anyway Pale Rider seen Clint Eastwood return to the Western after quite a few years doing other types of movies and luckily Pale Rider is a great film. As has been mentioned in numerous other user comments it does borrow very heavily from the Classic Western Shane and Clint's own High Plains Drifter but it never tries to hide this fact and its a great film in its own right. Very moody and beautifully shot with great performances all round. Clint was on top of his game on this one and produced a top notch Western that ranks amongst one of his best below The Good the Bad and the Ugly, Unforgiven and The Outlaw Josey Whales. I would love to see Eastwood make another Western but find it highly unlikely as he couldn't possibly top his last one Unforgiven but at least Kevin Costner has got one coming out later this year. Look out for Richard Kiel in this one he played Jaws in a couple of Bond films and Sean Penns brother Chris, who was a lot thinner in those days! Highly recommended ***8/10***


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