• Megan H

    ★★★ Watched by Megan H 24 Mar, 2014

    Clint Eastwood is an odd silent, stoic preacher who is here to save the land and miners in "Pale Rider." The film seems kind of confused about whether it wants to be a western or a spoof of a western, leaving me feeling confused along with it.

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  • FredM

    ★★½ Watched by FredM 14 Mar, 2014

    Initially, this movie breathes a sense of urgency: the raging horsemen, displayed in the cinematographical beauty of the west, alternated with the peaceful golddigging community.
    After their intense getting together, with some unclear camera movements, things become less urgent and compelling, and too caricatural.
    The invulnerable hero arrives, leaves, and returns to save the day.
    Near the end, the throwing of the dynamite seemed out of Clint's character, and this led to an almost cringeworthy, another one bites the dust, climax.
    Sorry, I didn't see the real merits here, but uhm, hey Clint, can I have your coat please?

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  • SchederzMoviez

    ★★★ Watched by SchederzMoviez 09 Mar, 2014 1

    Film 1 of the Mystery March Challenge 2014

    Clint Eastwood's 1985 neo-western Pale Rider is a really strange beast. I certainly did not expect it to be as weird as it turned out to be when I got it assigned for this year's Mystery March Challenge, but it was and here we are.
    Don't get me wrong, I actually kind of liked this story of a strange preacher who protects innocent miners from a greedy prospector, but the emphasis has…

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  • MB (Movie Buff) Punk

    ★★★½ Watched by MB (Movie Buff) Punk 26 Feb, 2014

    The opening of PALE RIDER is great, setting the tone for what's too come. Eastwood juxtapositions between a small mining town digging and picking through rocks and sand looking for the littlest scrap of gold, too a group of riders galloping down hills and mountain sides. Where are they going? Well, it turns out they're bandits and they begin to raid the small mining town, killing cattle and dogs and destroying the families homes and supplies. Hull Barret rides to…

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  • Craig Dawson

    ★★★ Watched by Craig Dawson 10 Feb, 2014

    A mysterious preacher protects a humble prospector village from a greedy mining company trying to encroach on their land.

    It's been over 2 and a half weeks since I saw this and a lot of the details have faded so will keep this short. I enjoyed Pale Rider enough without being blown away, I'm not that well versed in the Western genre but even I could tell a lot of the film follows genre conventions that have been done before.…

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  • Si Sharp

    ★★ Rewatched by Si Sharp 17 Feb, 2014

    Sorry Clint, but if you will re-invent the Western as an adult-genre with Unforgiven, then there's going to be some casualties.

    I have no issue with a Western being formulaic (it's a Western after all), but there's really nothing to distinguish this aside from its PG certificate action which only serves to make it feel like an episode of the A-team.

    The only thing that seems remotely different is the fact that he's a preacher, but the film has no…

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  • Chris Gelderd

    ★★★★★ Added by Chris Gelderd

    A return to the genre that made him in the midst of his 80’s filmography, the 1985 Western is produced and directed by Clint Eastwood, who also stars in the lead role and only known as “Preacher”. The title is a reference to the “Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse”, as the rider of a pale horse is Death. Michael Moriarty, Carrie Snodgress, Christopher Penn, Sydney Penny and Richard Kiel co-star.

    Outside of the rich mining town of Lahood, California in…

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  • YingaGarten

    ★★★½ Watched by YingaGarten 08 Feb, 2014

    Again another solid entertaining Western from Clint Eastwood, who turns up as an outsider called the 'Preacher' in a mining community which are threatened by a rival mining boss. The complaints that it holds various similarities to other westerns such as 'Shane' are perfectly valid, but 'Pale Rider' is just as good if not better for its intensity.

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  • BillyStevenson

    Watched by BillyStevenson 19 Sep, 2013

    Clint Eastwood's first and only western of the 80s bears some resemblance to High Plains Drifter - it's about a stranger who defends a remote frontier community from a band of corrupt miners, and it takes place in the same sparkling, rarefied reaches of the upper atmosphere. If anything, though, it's more rarefied - shooting on location in the Boulder Mountains, Eastwood draws on the alpine vistas of The Eiger Sanction to create a western bathed in snowy, pastel light,…

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  • TheCincyKid

    ★★★ Added by TheCincyKid

    An obvious companion piece to High Plains Drifter but much closer to Shane, this contemporary Western riff seems to offer another version of male heroism by contending that while Eastwood's ghostly stranger is practiced in violence in a way respected by longstanding figures of masculinity, it's just that which keeps him from assimilation into family and community.

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  • thenextreel

    ★★★★ Watched by thenextreel 23 Jan, 2014

    "You're a troublemaker, stranger. You spell 'bad cess' in letters that stretch from here to Seattle."

    "Pale Rider" marks Clint Eastwood's 10th time directing himself in a film, something he went on doing until 2008's "Gran Torino" and something he clearly knows how to do well. This seems to hold true especially in westerns, even though he only directed himself in four of them. Perhaps that's because he had so much experience in them and learned from other directors like…

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  • HD_Goofnut

    ★★★½ Added by HD_Goofnut

    When the Preacher comes across a group of independent pan miners that are looking for gold he finds that they are being tormented by a local mining giant named Coy LaHood and his son Josh. LaHood wants the pan miners out of the way because he feels that they are blocking valuable gold extraction. When the Preacher gets in LaHood's way he attempts to get rid of him with no avail. LaHood has to resort to more drastic measures to…

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