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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…
"Yes, they're my neighbors, and they make me sick! Hiding behind words like faith, peace and trust!"
Black-as-pitch western about a community so desperately in need of a violent savior that they give a serial rapist complete control over their town in order to kill off a few bad guys. Turns out they might have bigger problems than the bandits. By giving the man with no name free reign, they expose their own hidden violence and the hypocritical values they've buried it under. They've come together as a community, but at the cost of the lives of other human beings. The unspoken exclusion (of the bandits, of the man with…
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!
Pungent little revenge tale that's unfortunately soured by a certain, how shall I put it, rapeyness. Eastwood's treatment of women in his early films always makes my skin crawl, and here we have not one but two gals who despise The Stranger until he forces himself on them, whereupon they decide that he's dreamy after all. (Though it's unclear to me whether the one he outright rapes later sleeps with him merely so that she can unlock his door for the assassins. Couldn't she just stick a knife in his heart while he sleeps?) That significant ickiness aside, though, the film has fun with its darkly comic scenario, which amounts to a one-man inversion of Seven Samurai in which…
Today, I re-watched High Pains Drifter. What a weird, mean spirited—although entertaining—movie.
The reason for my rating only being a little over the halfway mark is because the fact that in the end, it just feels like a ghost story. Always leaves you in that weird satisfied but not satisfied limbo that just makes you want to toss a baseball at the teller.
It's Clint Eastwood though, you expect for it to not to be entertaining? No way, Jose!
The point of the movie seems to be "karma." Throughout the movie our main guy—Eastwood—is doing bad things. It seems pretty cruel and this is even vocalized to a point.
Instead of you just feeling bad, you get flashbacks when you…
I was wondering why it was considered a supernatural thriller during the course of the film. And then oh boy did it hit me.
Loved this film.
Clint's best film
A gritty western starring and directed by Clint Eastwood. This film is performed and directed in the reliable way we have come to expect from Eastwood. What he has a real knack for is picking a good script, which the movie is a perfect example of. There's also a really interesting exploration of community in the western myth. A definite evolution in Eastwood's career.
One of a kind film from the classic category of spaghetti westerns starring the magnificent Clint Eastwood!
Contudo, ele é até mesmo mais alegórico e fora do padrão do que o filme destes últimos, com a adição de um misterioso elemento sobrenatural, enfatizado pelo trabalho de câmera quase surreal de Bruce Surtees. Isto é, contra balanceado com as imagens realísticas de um Oeste mais violento, frio e arenoso, povoado de homens barbudos e mulheres fáceis. A Universal queria que o filme fosse fil... Continuar lendo: atalkingmovie.blogspot.com.br/2015/05/ja-assistiu-de-verdade.html
Plenty of people get shot and the entire town burns to the ground. I wish I had the opportunity to save a town like that.. Dynamite and fire saves all things.
Spaghetti Westerns have spoiled me on the more traditional Western released in America throughout the 50's, 60's and 70's. There is something more authentic about the griminess and sweat that was so prevalent in those European homages that made the American films seem sterile and unrealistic. HIGH PLAINS DRIFTER, Eastwood's second directorial feature comes closest to capturing that feel and mythology, but yet it still misses the mark.
There is something about seeing a well manicured town with perfectly new buildings, and townspeople who are so well put together with their pressed shirts and dresses that comes off jarring. It is like they are announcing "You're watching a MOVIE".
What HIGH PLAINS DRIFTER gets right is the dark, almost disturbed…
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My 40 favorite westerns of what I have seen. Excluded comedy (Blazing Saddles, Maverick etc..) and some films that often…