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1,326 Ratings

High Plains Drifter

Directed by Clint Eastwood
United States, 1973


A drifter with no name wanders into a small town, where his gun-slinging abilities are in high demand. After being met with disapproval, locals soon realize he could help them fend off a band of criminals who have been terrorizing the town. He agrees to help, but does so with his own secret agenda.

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High Plains Drifter Directed by Clint Eastwood
One of the most loutish and offensive films ever released by a major studio. . . . Grafting a grinning, pro-rape grind house aesthetic onto big-studio classical filmmaking, HIGH PLAINS DRIFTER is a monstrous artifact from Spiro Agnew’s unconscious or perhaps a pre-Haneke experiment in audience torment. Is this a recommendation? No, definitely.
January 04, 2019
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Annihilation before purification for the High Noon hamlet. . . . As much Sergio Leone aria as Kaneto Shindo specter, Eastwood’s first Western as a director is a remarkable genre apocalypse.
May 06, 2006
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Eastwood’s movie resonates beyond its grade-B trappings, and speaks eloquently in simple language about epochal social realities.
January 01, 2010
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