• biting_eye

    ★★★½

    Usual deal.
    Late night TV.
    No name dude rides into town and helps the poor people.
    I personally think that this is the greatest costume that a Clint Eastwood character has worn.

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  • Harry Westergaard

    ★★★★

    Though criticized by some as being a remake of Eastwood's earlier film High Plains Drifter, I think this is an unfair accusation. Yes, the film shares a very similar plot and main character, but westerns, like all of the great genre films are made up of common tropes that we see over and over again, but that it takes just the right film to do justice. Pale Rider builds upon Eastwood's earlier film in many ways. Even in the character…

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  • tgottstine1

    ★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    I know that Clint Eastwood has said in the past that Preacher is a ghost, but I prefer to see him as an undead avenger, given supernatural powers (sort of like The Crow) that goes where he is needed. I thought it got bogged down a bit whenever Hull was the main focus and that was a big problem for me. The villain was not built up enough and while I know the lack of a backstory is key for…

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  • Kevin Jones

    ★★★★

    Ranked: Clint Eastwood
    100 Films by 18 Directors: Clint Eastwood

    Another western from Clint Eastwood, this one is less of a revisionist western a la The Outlaw Josey Wales and more a straight classic western. Playing a nameless preacher, Clint Eastwood rides in on a pale white horse (okay, dirty gray, but thematically, the horse should have been whiter) to save a town in California from a ruthless businessman. Striking down justice in the name of God, this preacher is…

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  • Stephen Marsh

    ★★★★

    Richard Dysart's villain here is a twisted businessman. Bullish, power-hungry, corrupt, & cruel. I get the feeling this kind of villain will be coming back to cinema in a big way over the next few of years.
    Call it a hunch...

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  • nerdpill

    ★★★½

    I can't give this four stars since too long but Pale Rider does shine in quite a few places. The film's colours, lighting and film stock (I assume this helps) are spot on. The entire film looks warm, dark, and covered in a thin layer of dirt, which is perfect for this. The Death on a horse concept is heavy handed and hurts the story I think, I would have preferred it to be more subtle. There is some great…

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  • irishfillum

    ★★

    Average western ,the love story is stupid ,(these women fall in love very easily ,the scene don't make sense ) the deaths at the end are awful ,all that build up for nothing , the plot is good ,not original but a good starting point, and the fireside scene is well written and preformed ,the action parts are slow and badly edited with quick cuts ,heard good things about this movie very disappointed

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  • Kevin Reynolds

    ★★★½

    Two thirds of a great film exist within this mid-eighties Eastwood directorial effort. Effectively reprising his Man With No Name persona -but with an added vague supernatural element- Clint portrays The Preacher, who rides into town to help a community of pan handlers against a vicious riches-fixated gang. Naturally the women fall for him, in this case a fifteen year old and her mother, and the men respect him.

    It looks and sounds great, with a nice muted colour scheme…

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  • cinemacide

    ★★★

    I've always preferred this to unforgiven despite its thin plot. I love how one has to fill in the blanks of the back story but the impact is still worthwhile

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  • Jenna Ipcar

    ★★

    I don't know. More overly sentimental BS from Clint Eastwood. He rides into town, he's a badass, everybody loves him, nobody else has any personality, 15 year old girl make out scene, bad guys do a bad thing, he kills everybody, exit stage right. Felt like every other one of his movies sadly. Though I did like how there was no explanation at the end.

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  • Tyler L. Young

    ★★★★

    Describing PALE RIDER as SHANE meets HIGH PLAINS DRIFTER isn't the most original laconic description, but it's accurate. Not only that, but it's superior to both pictures. Not every subplot is the best, and it doesn't stray too far from the Eastwood formula (there's TWO side-kick savior shots), but this is a damn fine Western.

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  • HannibalChew

    ★★★

    [35mm]

    Plot-wise, not the most remarkable, but Clint is obviously playing around with Leone-like scenery shots and the blocking of Stockburn and his six deputies. Felt great watching wide, layered compositions on the big screen, even if the print wasn't completely pristine. MVP Carrie Snodgress.

    Clint Eastwood Ranked

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