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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.
"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…
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!
The first ever western that Clint Eastwood both directed and starred in, taking notes from his peers Siegel and Leone. Make no mistake that this is no ordinary old-west tale. In fact, it's easily one of the darkest and most bizarre examples of the genre, almost playing like a supernatural ghost story.
Clint plays an unnamed drifter who enters a town named Lago with a dirty secret regarding the death of a Marshall who was whipped to death while the townspeople just stood by and allowed to happen. It's now being threatened by the same group of outlaws who they had locked away for the crime. They are soon to be released, and the stranger agrees to help the needy…
Pretty fuck**g weird in a good way.
This is one of the darkest Westerns that I have seen, and one of the most straight up unheroic, menacing and twisted performances of Clint Eastwood's career. There are some really uncomfortable moments in this film and at no point does Eastwood as a director or actor portray the main character with anything resembling decency
Visually this film is a treat and there is a very surreal, stylized aesthetic that obviously takes visual cues from Sergio Leone and entrenches the already dark, messed up story at it's centre firmly into Acid-Western territory.
Definitely worth a watch, a strange Western indeed.
One of my all time favorite Clint Eastwood films, also one of his better directed movies too. Eastwood was experimenting a lot with his direction at this time in his career making his direction much more stylish than what it is now in 2016 where it has become very static and plain.
I always preferred this film over Pale Rider, they seem similar but this movie had a much more cynical point of view to the western lifestyle where as Pale Rider was much more optimistic. This film has lots to say about the genre as a whole, Eastwood always liked to mess with the Westerns later in his career almost rejecting the way John Wayne chose to view them.…
One of Clint's vanity projects, but probably his best. There's a real unsettling current running all the way through this, almost nightmarish at times. Lovely.
Truly underrated. A great social commentary and a great directorial debut for Clint.
a great western and one of clint's best directing efforts
Setting aside the fact that this is misogynistic, rapey garbage, and a desperate attempt by a completely inexperienced director to hold onto an image handled so much better, by much more talented men, the training sequence is one of the most idiotic things I've ever seen, and took me completely out of however little I was even invested to begin with. Eastwood has this town practice shooting at two dummies being driven up and down the street by men riding horses. Not a single bullet hits the dummies, but they also don't hit the drivers, nor does anyone even raise the concern that they might. Nothing more than western porn, made by the biggest dick in Hollywood.
The Stranger rides away.
Clint sees Red :-) Love it.
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