High Plains Drifter Movie Information

Movie Information

Overall Rank: 710

Average Rating: 3/4

# of Ratings: 144

Theatrical Release Date: 08/22/1973

Language: English

Genre: Western, Drama

MPAA Rating: R

Director: Clint Eastwood

Actors: Clint Eastwood, Verna Bloom, Marianna Hill, Mitch Ryan, Jack Ging, Stefan Gierasch

Plot: Eastwood stars as the Fury of Vegence is this savage tale of blood and hypocracy. In a role similiar to his legendary Man With No Name in A Fistful of Dollars, Clint rides into a town terrorized by a band of ruthless gunmen who promise to wreck havac the moment they are released from prison. But this town harbors a flithy secret . . . and only blood will wash it clean. Eastwood's darkest role. -- Topher

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Rating of
3/4

Alaine - wrote on 12/12/2011

Ghost rider Clint smokes, drinks, screws, paints town red, kills bad guys, drifts off again.

Rating of
3/4

mitchellyoung - wrote on 08/21/2011

A dark Western that tells a story of revenge and vigilante justice personified. Differing from previous Eastwood films, Eastwood plays a lone gunman whose tactics are questionable and the film skillfully plays with open-ended questions of redemption and condemnation. Actually very thought-provoking when you get into it.

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Daniel Corleone
Daniel Corleone
Movie God

Rating of
3.5/4

High Plains Drifter review

Daniel Corleone - wrote on 04/24/2013

Entertaining, funny, and stunning. A stranger arrives to Lago, a town with a mysterious secret, gets a lot of stares. The Stranger is then attacked by three notorious men while being shaved. He was asked by the Sheriff to help the town since The settings, cinematography and action sequences were splendid. If only the screenplay were improved to make the supporting characters more interesting, same goes for the unnamed hero. It's score was hypnotic which aids in the surrealism of the way it was shot. The trio of main antagonists could have had more history, same goes for The Stranger. The Stranger's best lines: "It's what people know about themselves inside that makes 'em afraid." "You're going to look pretty silly with that knife sticking out of your ass." and "Then you live …

Yojimbo
Yojimbo
Movie God

Rating of
3/4

"High Plains Drifter" by Yojimbo

Yojimbo - wrote on 04/16/2012

Clint Eastwood stars in and directs this obvious homage to Sergio Leone as he resurrects the man with no name character, as an enigmatic gunslinger rides into the town of Lago and promptly kills the gunmen hired by the townsfolk to protect them against a trio of vengeful outlaws. They offer him the run of the town to replace them, but it soon emerges that he has a hidden agenda of his own. Another fine western from Clint, and laced with a healthy dose of the supernatural, this film is unusual in it's complete absence of a "good guy". The morality is not even grey; virtually every character is a self centred immoral hypocrite! Clint himself hasn't the slightest interest in justice, just bloody retribution which he gets in a great climax which sees him shooting it out in the blood red …

poonhokong
poonhokong
TV Extra

Rating of
3/4

Awesome

poonhokong - wrote on 04/08/2011

This maybe one of the first movies that Clint Eastwood directs, who turned into a great director nowadays. But I am always a fan of spaghetti westerns and Clint Eastwood as "The man with no name" who we know and love.

It starts like a conventional western, with a mixture of plot from High Noon (1952), The Magnificent Seven (1970), and a little bit of Il Mercenario (1968). A town had some enemies that has just been released from jail, and planned to get revenge on the town folks. They hired a stranger that just stopped by to handle the bad guys, and promised the stranger every free he wanted in town, and he wanted a bit too far. As the film progresses, we understands the townfolks had themselves a little secret, and the strangers might not be dropping by afterall.

It really shows …

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