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High Plains Drifter
Welcome to Hell
A gunfighting stranger comes to the small settlement of Lago. After gunning down three gunmen who tried to kill him, the townsfolk decide to hire the Stranger to hold off three outlaws who are on their way.
With High Plains Drifter, Clint Eastwood created arguably the most debatable and ambiguous film of his entire career - both as an actor and as a director. There is so much about this eerie western that doesn't get answered. So many details missing. So many presumptions to be made.
Most revisionist westerns of its time were busying themselves rewriting the West as it had been told by Hollywood, mostly wrongly, for over 40 years. Eastwood decided to take the traditional mainstream western, slap it around a while and show that something could still be done with it - just as long as it was willing to change.
It's well known by now that Eastwood's mysterious stranger rides into a town…
The Stranger: All these people, are they your sisters and brothers?
Preacher: They most certainly are.
The Stranger: ...Then you won't mind if they come over and stay at your place, will ya?
And when the preacher's stunned, passive look further betrays his hypocrisy, Eastwood, not content, has the holy man graciously invite the cast-out patrons into his and the other townspeople's homes... not charging them "one cent more than regular hotel rates."
A relentlessly bleak allegory of the human (American?) capacity for cowardice and avarice, with Eastwood's Stranger an almost Chigurh-like supernatural presence – slightly funnier, and only slightly more righteous.
Somebody left the door open and the wrong dogs came home.
Everyone probably expected Clint Eastwood's directorial debut to be a western, but he opted to make a thriller in Play Misty for Me instead while ignoring what would have been a sure fire bet. For his sophomore effort, Eastwood might have thought there was no use putting it off, so he directed his first western, except High Plains Drifter is unlike any western Eastwood had starred in before and unlike most westerns ever made.
Don't waste your time on revenge, those that hurt you will eventually face their own karma, right? Well, thank god nobody told Clint.
A malevolently vengeful Eastwood, like the boss he is, rolls into town and Casper spanks everybody in this movie and its glorious.
Another eerily good and entertaining entry from the undisputed heavyweight champion of this beautiful genre. Boo!
Eastwood plays a literal/figurative Angel (Demon) Of Death in this psychological horror film posing as a western. Loaded with horrifying sequence after horrifying sequence but the scene where The Stranger slowly rides out as the dumbstruck town looks on in a mixture of confusion and pure fear has to rank as one of the most bone-chilling moments in all of Eastwood's oeuvre.
"It's what people know about themselves inside that makes 'em afraid."- The Stranger
Well that was a nice refresher. I saw High Plains Drifter for the first time just over a year ago and liked it a lot. In the time since I first watched it I forgot much of what happens in it. Somehow I completely missed the supernatural themes presented the first time I watched it. This time I felt like an idiot for having missed them before. These supernatural elements improve the film in my opinion.
Clint Eastwood is the baddest of badasses as perusal in High Plains Drifter. In this one he isn't as sympathetic as in some of his other Westerns, but you can't help…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Basically, no one in that town deserved what they got, more often than not the film felt like a silly "how far can our protagonist push the characters" exercice.
For me, no movie will ever work if the protagonist is straight up bad, you have to give me reasons to justify what he's doing, even if it's not the right thing do, he at least has to have understandable reasons for doing his bad deeds.
And no, I don't think killing the old sheriff was enough of a reason, especially because the town had a reason for doing what they did, a pretty major reason. It goes without saying that I sided with them and not with Clint.
Ο Κλίνταρος είναι ο μυστηριώδης τύπος του τίτλου (όχι δεν ξαναδιαβάζετε το Pale Rider που είναι από κάτω αλλά τι να γίνει που είναι ξανά τέτοιος) που καταφθάνει σε μια μικρή πόλη, όπου αφού καθαρίζει κάτι και καλά μάγκες που του τη λένε,πείθεται από τους κατοίκους της να παραμείνει εκεί και να τους βοηθήσει στην αντιμετώπιση μιας άγριας συμμορίας που καταφθάνει οσονούπω για να πάρει εκδίκηση για κάτι που συνέβη στο παρελθόν. Αριστουργηματικό,αλληγορικό και πολυεπίπεδο γουέστερν του Κλίνταρου, με ένα σωρό συμβολισμούς,με βαθιά ειρωνικό χιούμορ,με ένα απίθανα εφιαλτικό μουσικό score και με πάρα πολλά ακόμα που δεν είναι για να γράφονται και να αναλύονται, γιατί θα καταστρέψουν την παρακολούθηση του.Δείτε το γιατί αλλιώς η κόλαση σας περιμένει.Τελικά έγραψα κάτι.
One of Clint Eastwood's best and most underrated westerns was also the first of his many trips to the director's chair in the genre. He's obviously paying homage to his films with Sergio Leone, as he somewhat resurrects the "man with no name" character...although this time there are some supernatural undertones that separate this from his many other westerns. The revenge story is a familiar one, but Eastwood directs and casts his westerns so perfectly that everything seems fresh. High Plains Drifter is one of Eastwood's darker and more violent efforts, and while it may not be as popular as his more epic westerns it's one of my personal favourites.
Eastwood is a real asshole in this.
Real rate of corse is not 1/5, but I'm gonna be atotal bigot on this one.
Well that was far more interesting than I expected. Clint Eastwood waits for you turn up to watch with your pre-conceptions typical Western themes of morality, anti-heroics, tone, and reality and tells you to fuck off.
Superficially a Western but this takes ideas of sin and redemption and runs with it into horror film territory.
A stranger is hired by a small, quiet town after he unknowingly kills off the protection they hired. Eastwood's most supernatural and ambiguous film is one of his best. While his Stranger isn't nearly as good as any of his other performances, he's truly the anti-hero he's trying to be in every other film. This is evidenced by his raping a woman fifteen minutes into the film. Right then, we know with whom we're dealing, and, as we go along, the story with him gets richer and richer.
The supporting cast is a who's who of who's that, but they're all incredibly reliable and give performances fraught with tension and passion.
And the final fight might have been Eastwood's greatest final fight until "Unforgiven" was released.
This is so unusual for Eastwood, and I wish he made more films like it.
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