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      Pale Rider

      R Released Jun 28, 1985 1 hr. 55 min. Western List
      93% 29 Reviews Tomatometer 83% 25,000+ Ratings Audience Score When property owner Coy LaHood (Richard Dysart) starts using a band of hooligans to terrorize a group of small-town gold miners into giving up their territory, an enigmatic man named "Preacher" (Clint Eastwood) arrives in town. Preacher fends off the attacks, and then goes directly to LaHood to negotiate. When the miners, led by Hull Barret (Michael Moriarty), refuse the terms, LaHood sends in Marshall Stockburn (John Russell) to take down Preacher and the others. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Premiered Oct 10 Buy Now

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      Nearly a decade after The Outlaw Josey Wales, Clint Eastwood returns as a director to the genre that made his name with this elegant, spiritual Western that riffs on the classic Shane.

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      Shay C Pretty dang good. I like the theory that the Preacher is actually a ghost back to enact justice. Whatever the case, it's a good film. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 03/14/24 Full Review Blu B A Classic Western Deep Cut. It's really well made all around. This is a hybrid of Shane & High Plains Drifter combined to great results. I love how the spiritual aspects really are implied but never outright spelled out to the audience. There are some amazing shots in this and it never really feels like a movie from the 80's and very simliar in direction and tone to Unforgiven. I do wish there was a bit more character depth as no one is that deep but really well acted though. Hall is great and the villians are solid. I do wish the music was a bit more catchy at times like the westerns it's influenced by. It can be a little jumpy here and there but not much. Also when The Preacher goes away in the middle it does feel like it loses focus a little bit but still carries strong to a great showdown. It feels in the end a bit more personal the showdown than it does for helping the townfolk. The direction really is strong here and helps even when it doesn't focus on Eastwood. Anyone who is a fan of any actors in this, Eastwoods directed films, or westerns will like this a lot. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/22/24 Full Review Eye C It's ok, but it's getting a little old the same story. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/07/24 Full Review Alec B A reworking of "Shane" and Eastwood's own "High Plains Drifter" that, while sporadically interesting, unfortunately lacks the emotional power of the former or the rage of the later. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/03/24 Full Review Test T I liked this movie a lot. It all looks so very real, it wasn't long before I began to believe I was there. The story is a simple one of course but that's no bad thing because it's the performance that makes all the difference. Every detail is delivered to perfection, by a superb cast. Eastwood is amazing, the way he controls the scenes with just his understated wit and resolute charisma, no one could ever doubt the outcome that is about to unfold, but the tension is so intense we can't look away. The formula is long tried and tested, but is still extremely entertaining. The only element which doesn't quite work for me is the obligatory romantic subplot which seems like an unnecessary distraction in an otherwise uncluttered plot. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 11/06/23 Full Review TWMax65 This movie is a more slow-paced Clint Eastwood western, and I've for sure liked some other ones better. However, this one still had its epic moments and had good cast members (such as Chris Penn, RIP). I also like the relationship that Clint Eastwood's character developed with the family and the villagers to make them trust him and make himself into their hero. The bad guys presented themselves as an intimidating force with power behind them but I knew that Clint would get the best of them and save the day somehow. Even though they're cliche and we're overdone at one point in time, I can't help but be hooked by westerns (and I'm not even old, I'm in my 20s and I know how significant they are to film, as well as the screen presence of Mr. Eastwood)! Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 09/18/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Dave Kehr Chicago Reader Though the metaphysical overtones of the screenplay are sometimes awkwardly handled and Eastwood's direction of actors (other than himself) is occasionally uncertain, this was one of the better American films of 1985. May 27, 2011 Full Review Richard Corliss TIME Magazine Pale Rider does nothing to disprove the wisdom that this genre is best left to the revival houses. A double feature of Shane and Eastwood's High Plains Drifter will do just fine, thanks. Oct 26, 2008 Full Review Variety Staff Variety It's all been seen before, but Eastwood serves it up with authority, fine craftsmanship and a frequent sense of fun. Oct 26, 2008 Full Review Penny Holme Starburst The main feeling of the film is of a tongue-in-cheek parody of the spaghetti sagas. Jul 8, 2022 Full Review Dan DiNicola The Daily Gazette (Schenectady, NY) Pale Rider adds no new insights or dimensions to an ageless genre. But as a tribute to America's real and mythical past, Eastwood's newest movie reassures us that in the war against evil, the righteous have God and vengeance on their side. Apr 19, 2022 Full Review Jack Ford Battle Royale With Cheese For its heart and soul and what it achieves both technically and emotionally, Pale Rider is a film worthy to mark it's makers' ninetieth special day. May 31, 2020 Full Review Read all reviews

      Movie Info

      Synopsis When property owner Coy LaHood (Richard Dysart) starts using a band of hooligans to terrorize a group of small-town gold miners into giving up their territory, an enigmatic man named "Preacher" (Clint Eastwood) arrives in town. Preacher fends off the attacks, and then goes directly to LaHood to negotiate. When the miners, led by Hull Barret (Michael Moriarty), refuse the terms, LaHood sends in Marshall Stockburn (John Russell) to take down Preacher and the others.
      Director
      Clint Eastwood
      Executive Producer
      Fritz Manes
      Screenwriter
      Michael Butler, Dennis Shryack
      Distributor
      Warner Bros., Warner Home Vídeo
      Production Co
      The Malpaso Company
      Rating
      R
      Genre
      Western
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Jun 28, 1985, Wide
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Aug 15, 2008
      Sound Mix
      Dolby, Surround
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