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  • Actors: Clint Eastwood, Verna Bloom, Marianna Hill, Mitchell Ryan, Jack Ging
  • Directors: Clint Eastwood
  • Writers: Dean Riesner, Ernest Tidyman
  • Producers: Jennings Lang, Robert Daley
  • Format: Anamorphic, PAL
  • Language: English, Arabic
  • Subtitles: English, German, French, Portuguese, Swedish, Turkish, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Czech, Greek
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Uca
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Oct. 2003
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000A12H2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,339 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Classic Clint Eastwood western. The unwelcome arrival of a stranger (Eastwood) in the town of Lagos causes resentment and fear among the locals. However, when they come under threat from a band of escaped convicts, it is to the stranger that the townsfolk turn for salvation. He agrees to help, and sets about teaching the populace the arts of self defence.


Clint Eastwood's second film as a director (and his first Western) is a variation on the "man with no name" theme, starring Eastwood as the drifter known only as "the Stranger". He rides into the desert town of Lagos and is quickly attacked by three gunmen. Recovering with the aid of a local dwarf (a memorable role for Billy Curtis), the Stranger is hired by the intimidated townsfolk to fend off a band of violent ex-convicts. After teaching the citizens self-defence and instructing them to paint the entire town red and rename it "Hell", the Stranger vanishes. He reappears when the marauding criminals arrive, and delivers justice and teaches the townsfolk a harsh lesson about moral obligation. Is he a figure from their past or a kind of supernatural avenger? Combining humour with action, High Plains Drifter is both a serious and tongue-in-cheek tribute to the Westerns that made Eastwood a household name. --Jeff Shannon, --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By S. R. Williams on 16 Sept. 2013
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I have always had a weak spot for westerns and love the westerns of Clint Eastwood and as such this has always been a favourite of mine, the sub text of the supernatural setting (is he the ghost of the slain marshal or his brother) would be worked into his later work (Pale Rider)to better effect.
I am watching this while typing and I can honestly say I am very very impressed, you can see this has been remastered and not just upscaled ala Two Mules or Joe Kidd (both of which are a vast improvement over their DVD counterparts) the picture is as sharp as you would expect, the colour vibrant, the scenes set at night stand out and are pin sharp (a problem with DVDs and some Blu Rays) the sound has been remastered into 5.1, which does sound clearer than before but doesn't make any real use of the back speakers so do not buy this expecting your cinema surround system to get a work out as it will not.
what you are buying this for is the vastly improved picture quality and this delivers on all counts.
For a product being labelled as a 40th anniversary edition you will be a little disappointed with the extras, or rather the lack there off. This edition has a solitary trailer. I would like more Clint Eastwood movies to come with some outstanding extras or even a retrospective documentary or two but to be honest they have always been a little lacking in that department but as I want my movies on the best ever format with the best possible picture and sound I am more than happy with this release. I am not going to review this movie what is the point High Plains Drifter has been out there for 40 years so you would have seen it in one format or the other.
The only real question being is this worth getting again and I have to give a resounding yes put your hand in your pocket replace your old DVD or VHS you will not be disappointed, enjoy I am.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Marils on 9 Jun. 2009
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Sara - "I knew you were cruel but I didn't know how far you could go."

The Stranger - "You still don't."


Sara - "You are the kind of man that makes people afraid, and that's dangerous."

The Stranger - "It's what people know about themselves inside that makes them afraid"

I only have limited space in which to store DVD's, so I choose the ones I do purchase carefully. Choosing High Plains Drifter was an easy decision, as it has all the attributes of a great western and a good flick. The barren landscape is as haunting as the opening music. A tale is told, a situation resolved, and yet a bit of mystery remains, causing you to question what you have just seen.

Classic Clint...

The cast does a very fine job in creating characters that fully support the premise of the movie and portray the towns dynamic. From beginning to end, however, it is Clint Eastwood as "The Stranger" who is the star and makes the movie memorable.

Eastwood is the quintessential strong/silent type, a soft-spoken man of few words who explodes into action to deliver justice, whether to a gunslinger or an insolent woman. The character, however, is more than squinting, delivering one-liners, and pulling the trigger. He's a thinker, a planner, he creates a psychological advantage against the bad guys... whether it be using dynamite or red paint. He can also turn on the charm, using those famous blue eyes to twinkle and speak without dialogue, as Vera Bloom (Sara Belding) discovers first hand.

The DVD...

The DVD comes with subtitles in 14 languages (Including English) and spoken languages in English, Deutsch, Italiano, French, and Castellano.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Shkandrij on 7 April 2008
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I've seen all the greatest western action movies ever made, from Josey Wales to The Wild Bunch. This is my favourite of the lot.

The Drifter (Eastwood) is hired by the residents of a small town in the middle of nowhere to protect them from a gang of ruthless, sadistic outlaws. However these towns folk hold a dark, mysterious secret of their own. This movie has one hell of a twist if your smart enough to figure it out!!

The movie starts off slow, with little dialouge for the first half hour or so. However this simply helps build the tension, with short but sadistic outbursts of violence helping engage the viewer.
Many have critized the film for being too stylized, and in some parts too explicit for its own good, with prolonged scenes of rape, gun fights and slashings which may disturb some viewers. However it is no more violent then it should be.

Adults Only.
5 Stars.
A must see.
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A drifter (Clint Eastwood) rides out of the desert into the lawless, sin-ridden town of Lago. He makes a name for himself after a gunfight at the barber's when three thugs try to take him out and fail miserably.
Lago, a town of cowards, has a dark past, involving a man who was brutally whipped to death by a group of three gunfighters, the Carlin Brothers. The townsfolk double-crossed the Carlin Brothers, landing them in prison.
The three gunmen are to be released from prison, however, with a bloodthrist for vengeance that will lead them straight back to Lago. The townsfolk hire the drifter to help them against the men, but the drifter has his own sinister plans for Lago...

HIGH PLAINS DRIFTER is one of the best American-made westerns and the second movie Clint Eastwood directed. Personally I never cared much for The "Duke's" westerns, but preferred Eastwood's rougher and grittier portrayals of the Wild West. John Wayne, however wrote Eastwood an agry letter after the opening of HIGH PLAINS DRIFTER, denouncing the movie for its violence and portrayal of the Old West. Eastwood's character is quite similar to the Man with no name he portrayed in Sergio Leone's Dollar Trilogy. Fortunately he remained true to the superior Italian Western style rather than the watered-down American westerns that were famous in the 50s and 60s.
The movie was a huge success nonetheless, being the sixth-highest grossing western of the 70s in the United States.
Eastwood delivers an impeccable performance in front and behind the camera. Perfectly paced and wonderfully shot on location of California and Nevada. Universal Pictures originally wanted Eastwood to shoot the film on the studio lot, but Eastwood decided against it.
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