Continuing many of the same themes as High Plains Drifter & The Outlaw Josey Wales, this is another sombre, apocalyptic, almost supernatural western, in which Eastwood's character is less protagonist in the conventional sense than an 'avenging angel' seeking solace from the beyond the grave. One of the director's masterpieces, this is a powerful, unflinching, starkly photographed mediation on violence & redemption.
Comme les 2 faces d'un dollar d'argent Eastwood promène sa lumière et sa noirceur décomplexée. Oeuvre crépusculaire et habitée.
As the two sides of a silver coin Eastwood walks his light and his uninhibited darkness.
Haunted work whose echo resounds long time, like its young heroine.
Old-fashioned Clint Eastwood western tells a simple story with great authentic Old West atmosphere. Eastwood brings his usual unmistakable presence, and he's backed by a strong supporting cast. The plot may be conventional and melodramatic at times, but in the hands of a craftsman like Eastwood, this is one of the better ones.
A worthwhile, entertaining four-star (of five) flick with a few embarrassing missteps. Clint was fine as "Preacher," and the characters of gold baron LaHood and the corrupt marshal Stockburn were effective and very much welcome. Also some really effective shots of the mountain landscape, and framing and silhouettes of the characters. Outside of the business with the dog and some feeble performances, recommended.
PALE RIDER is actually has an ordinary storyline. It tells about some people who lived in a small village and they get harassed by a greedy mining company. Then, a bad-ass gunman came along to help protecting that small village. There is something that makes PALE RIDER a great western. Director/actor Clint Eastwood didn't forget to put a heart in its story. He also put some bible allegory/references in this movie...
Great title for a western. It's supernatural atmosphere to the title character is excellent and it is a very satisfying "revenge" movie combined with the "man without a name" stories that Sergio Leone did. It is almost like Eastwood gave that director one final homage and film to the man who made him a star. Beautiful landscapes. Satisfying ending too and the villains are memorable.