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Pale Rider

(1985)

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Plot
A cadre of men employed by powerful strip-miner Coy LaHood (Richard Dysart) rides into a small mining encampment and begins shooting up the place. One of the terrorists kills the dog of young Megan Wheeler's (Sydney Penny). As Megan buries her pet, she says a prayer, begging the Lord to send someone to defend them. Later Megan sits with her widowed mother (Carrie Snodgress) and reads from the Bible: "And I saw, and behold, a pale horse, and its rider's name was death, and hell followed him." Then a lone horseman (Clint Eastwood), dressed as a preacher, rides into camp to help the struggling miners fight off LaHood. The supernatural elements of the story are incidental and handled in a restrained, subtle manner that does not distract from the story but enhances it, bringing another dimension to the oft-told tale. Eastwood the director has delivered a thought-provoking, well-crafted western.

Audio
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Listen as Clint Eastwood talks candidly about his thoughts on this film including why he decided to make the movie and its comparisons to Shane.


Trivia
  • The film is obviously based on the classic Shane. Many critics noticed this, but failed to notice the similarities between Fatal Attraction and Play Misty for Me.
  • It is reported that Clint's gap in western-making was due to a mid-life allergy to horses.
  • Unlike Clint's earlier films, he chose the theme for the film and then commissioned a screenplay.
  • As in High Plains Drifter the mining camp set consisted of interiors as well as exteriors.
  • The film was entered in the official competition at the 1985 Cannes Film Festival, but failed to pick up any awards.

Cast
Preacher
Hull Barret
Sarah Wheeler
Josh LaHood
Coy LaHood
Megan Wheeler
Club
Spider Conway
Stockburn
McGill
Jagou
Ma Blankenship
Jed Blankenship
Ev Gossage
Eddie Conway
Teddy Conway
Tyson
Elam
Ulrik Lindquist
Bess Gossage
Jake Henderson
Biggs
Bossy
Miner Tom
Deputy Folke
Deputy Grissom
Deputy Kobold
Deputy Mather
Deputy Sedge
Deputy Tucker
Horsemen
 

 

 

 
 
Bank Teller
Telegrapher
Stationmaster Whitey
Porter
Dentist/barber
Blacksmith
Stage driver
Stage riders
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Clint Eastwood
Michael Moriarty
Carrie Snodgress
Christopher Penn
Richard Dysart
Sydney Penny
Richard Kiel
Doug McGrath
John Russell
Charles Hallahan
Marvin J. McIntyre
Fran Ryan
Richard Hamilton
Graham Paul
Chuck Lafont
Jeffrey Weissman
Allen Keller
Tom Oglesby
Herman Poppe
Kathleen Wygle
Terrence Evans
Jim Hitson
Loren Adkins
Tom Friedkin
S.A. Griffin
Jack Radosta
Robert Winley
Billy Drago
Jeffrey Josephson
John Dennis Johnston
Mike Adams
Clay Lilley
Gene Hartline
R.L. Tolbert
Cliff Happy
Ross Loney
Larry Randles
Mike McGaughy
Jerry Gatlin
Lloyd Nelson
Jay K. Fishburn
George Orrison
Milton Murrill
Mike Munsey
Keith Dillan
Buddy Van Horn
Fritz Manes
Glenn Wright

Credits
Executive Producer
Producer/Director
Screenplay
 
Director of Photography
Editor
Music
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Fritz Manes
Clint Eastwood
Michael Butler
Dennis Shyrack
Bruce Surtees
Joel Cox
Lennie Niehaus


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