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EASTWOOD RIDES AGAIN!,
This review is from: Pale Rider [Blu-ray]  [US Import] (Blu-ray)
A mysterious preacher rides into the town of Lahood, a mining community owned by the ruthless Coy LaHood. His thugs terrorize the independent pan miners to drive them out of the area.
When Hull Barret, the leader of the miners, enters the town to buy supplies, LaHood's thugs think him easy pickings when he gets unexpected help from the preacher. Grateful for his rescue Hull takes the Preacher in.
LaHood's attempts to intimidate the Preacher are fruitless, so he hires the corrupt Marshal Stockburn and his deputies to kill him in one of the best finales ever seen in a western.
PALE RIDER was the highest grossing western of the 80s. It bears a lot of similarities to the western classic SHANE and Eastwood's earlier westerns HIGH PLAINS DRIFTER and THE DOLLAR TRILOGY.
The title is a reference to the biblical Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, namely the rider of a pale horse, Death from the Book of Revelation, chapter 6. Generally there are a lot of Catholic reverances in PALE RIDER.
This movie was Eastwood's 11th directing job, and he did a great job. It is quite slow-paced and does not rely much on action but draws heavily from the characters and the overall fantastic cast.
Eastwood is right in his element portraying once again the Stranger without a name that made him world famous through Leone's DOLLAR TRILOGY. Needless to say he mastered that role just as Bronson mastered the Vigilante role.
Michael Moriarty as Hull Barret, as well as Carrie Snodgress and Sydney Penny also give formidable performances as the family Eastwood helps. Richard Dysart and Chris Penn play the movie's main villains. Be on the lookout for cameos of John Russell and Billy Drago.
PALE RIDER is one of the greatest American-made westerns with strong echoes of the Spaghetti Westerns. Not as good as Eastwood's previous westerns THE OUTLAW JOSEY WALES and HIGH PLAINS DRIFTER but still a class of its own and highly recommended.
Reviewed version: 2010 Warner US Blu-ray (reissue)
Feature running time: 116 mins. (uncut)
Rating: R (MPAA) / 15 (BBFC)
Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1 / 16x9
Audio: English Dolby TrueHD 5.1, English 5.1, French 1.0 Mono, German 2.0 Mono, Italian 2.0 Mono, Spanish (Castellano & Latino) 2.0 Mono
Subtitles: English, English SDH, French, Spanish, Portuguese, German, German SDH, Italian, Italian SDH, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish
Extras: Theatrical Trailers to Pale Rider and The Unforgiven
Region: A, B, C (region free)
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Initial post: 15 Aug 2014 23:34:22 BDT
This was a classic 'Eastwood' western.
I like 'The Outlaw Josey Wales' maybe my favourite.
Great review Sir.
Posted on 16 Aug 2014 00:24:48 BDT
Excellent review of a great Clint movie, they reckon this is a actual sequel to High Plains Drifter.
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