Pale Rider details
|Starring:||Marvin J. Mc Intyre, Elisha Cook, Chris Penn, Billy Drago, John Russell, Richard Kiel, Clint Eastwood, Douglas Mc Grath, Christopher Penn, Carrie Snodgress, Richard Dysart, Michael Moriarty, Sydney Penny, Charles Hallahan|
|Studio:||WARNER HOME VIDEO|
|Run time:||1 hour 51 minutes|
|Rental release:||14 Mar 2005|
|Subtitles:||Arabic, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish|
|Hearing impaired subtitles:||English, Italian|
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Straightforward WesternBy Philip Concannon from London , 15 Aug 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]Stop me if you've heard this one. The residents of a small mining town are being terrorized by a local landowner but salvation arrives in the shape of an enigmatic stranger. The stranger stands up for the villagers, defeats the villains, and disappears as mysteriously as he arrived.
Consider the fact that the stranger here is played by Clint Eastwood and you'd be forgiven for suffering a sense of deja vu. This is one of the oldest stories in the genre and one Clint has already done better in his earlier 'High Plains Drifter'(1973). However, that's not to say 'Pale Rider' is totally without merit.
As always with Eastwood's films the cinematography(here by Bruce Surtees) is excellent and the film is never less than entertaining. Eastwood has also assembled a fine cast including Michael Moriarty, Carrie Snodgress and Richard Kiel. Chris Penn has an early role and there's a remarkable performance 14 year-old Sydney Penny.
Unfortunately Eastwood lays on too much skewed religious symbolism as his near-omnipresent preacher lays the bad guys to waste. The story's adherence to the basic conventions of the genre is also disappointing particularly as Eastwood is usually at his best when going against those conventions.
This is still a highly enjoyable western but there's nothing here you haven't seen before. Clint has made masterpieces in this genre with 'Unforgiven'(1992) and 'The Outlaw Josey Wales'(1976), and those films leave this looking like a pale imitation.
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gafferBy a customer from wales [swansea] , 11 Apr 2005anything with clint eastwood in is great and a must see
An all time ClassicBy Ophelia from Luton, London , 09 Apr 2005I have not watched this film for the past15 years and it is still enjoyable and funny as back them.
Clint is a veteran of westerns with the baddies get their just reward!
cowboy clintBy a customer from gwent south wales , 18 Dec 2004typical clint man with no name western rights the wrongs and rides of into the sunset but still some good acting and action scenes.
I can't believe ...By a customer from ST NEOTS , 20 Sep 2004I can't believe this came out in 1985! I thought 10 years ago atmost. I can hold its head up high in the western genre. Bad guys doing bad things, young girl calls for a miracle and along comes the good guy to save the day. Clint plays the mysterious hero and plays it well. The various supporting roles make the film even better.
Classic film - Clint ...By Robert#343 from FORRES , 18 Aug 2004Classic film - Clint Eastwood is superb as usual. One of the best westerns I have watched. Never get tired of watching this one. Good music and high tension. Plenty of shoot outs - what more can you want from a western.