High Plains Drifter

Clint Eastwood Western Icon Collection

Take into account that this was Clint Eastwood’s second movie he directed, and it is made in 1973 may help explain things. This movie is a bit on the rough side and definitely not a political correct one. Within the first quarter of the film Clint Eastwood’s character, which appropriately has no name,  kills three men and rapes a woman, and keep in mind this is the good guy. Some of these situations may turn a few of it’s women viewers off. But hey, some women still enjoy a violent, brutal western…like my wife, who’s favorite film is The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.

Back to the movie at hand. Clint Eastwood plays his standard western character that I am sure everyone has seen before. And he cast some that in the future are Clint Eastwood regulars, like Geoffrey Lewis. There is a bit of supernatural to the movie as the drifter is haunted by visions of a former sheriff beaten to death. Whether he is just seeing this vision in his dreams, had a similar experience, or the choice I like to believe, is he is the ghost of that very sheriff Jim Duncan coming back to repay the town of Lago for what they have done. After all the town was renamed HELL by the drifter, and for him, that town was Hell.

This is still a very entertaining western and is one of the movies I remember growing up to, staying up late at night catching this on the late show. This movie may not be for all, but if you are any remote fan of a good western, this one will not bore you at all. Very good western!!!!!


  1. I will add this to my list of top 10, which includes The Good the Bad and the Ugly that you mentioned!

    A very surprising, daring movie for a western of that time. This movie gave me chills. Love it!

  2. There has been some discussion in the past that the Drifter and the Preacher in Pale Rider are the same and the movies are either prequel or sequel to the other. It takes some imagination, but basically the Drifter and Preacher are both ghost-like characters of people believed to be dead. I’ve also talked with some people in the past that go so far to say that High Plains Drifter, Pale Rider, and Two Mules for Sister Sara are continuations of the Man with No Name from the Dollars Trilogy. To me,it’s a bit of a stretch, but you can make some parallels.

    • I guess I wasn’t that aware of all the tie ins Pale Rider. It has been so long since I have seen it…so long that I still just have it on laserdisc! This really makes me want to watch Pale Rider again…I believe it is already out in bluray….an upgrade of the 12″ silver disc for sure. Clint Eastwood is greatness! I have that one on the list now to rewatch.

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