After a nine-year break from the genre that made him an international star (the Western just before this one was The Outlaw Josey Wales, from 1976), Clint Eastwood returned in this gritty Western, crafted in the tradition of Shane and High Noon. Eastwood directed and stars as the nameless stranger known only as "Preacher" because he rides into a beleaguered mining town wearing a clerical collar. He's either an agent of death or an angel of mercy, and the echoes of Shane ring loud and clear when he comes to the aid of independent miners who are being terrorized by a... local tycoon (Richard Dysart) and his ruthless band of hired guns. Befriended by a miner (Michael Moriarty) and idolized by the miner's wife and daughter (played by Carrie Snodgress and Sydney Penny, respectively), the "Pale Rider" sparks the defiant spirit of the underdog miners and takes after the bad guys with single-minded purpose. --Jeff Shannon [show more]
An old-fashioned story of Good v Evil with a typically Man With No Name role for Clint Eastwood - except that here we get a name but it's simply The Preacher. Needless to say the collar comes off eventually! A straightforward plot involving hard-working gold-miners trying to make a living from a valley that should produce gold that has already made the local Big Shot (no pun intended) very wealthy and greedy for more. I'm not spoiling things by mentioning mounted hoodlums making life difficult for the miners and their families because these scenarios are so well done and enjoyable to watch. The miners come off worst time after time and really don't put up much resistance (a la Mexicans in The Magnificent Seven) but things take a turn for the better when The Preacher clanks into town - listen for the tell-tale spurs clanking off the wooden boardwalks. Things move up a gear and take a distinctly sinister turn when The Marshall and his deputies walk into town - and they do have very stylised walk - they appear to be joined up and shift around like a snake. Very stylish. Liked it and recommend it to anyone who likes Westerns or old-fashioned Good v Evil plots but its done well and Mr Eastwood does not over-do it.
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Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 (Europe) or region Free DVD Player in order to play. A mysterious preacher protects a humble prospector village from a greedy mining company trying to encroach on their land.
Clint Eastwood directs, produces and stars in this shot in the arm for the Western genre. A community of gold mining prospectors comes under attack from a gang of marauders, who are after the prospectors' land. Young Megan Wheeler (Sydney Penny) prays for help, which consequently arrives in the form of the Preacher (Eastwood), a grim, silent stranger. The Preacher takes up the community's cause, and sets out to repel the invaders.