High Plains Drifter
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"Who are you?" the dwarf Mordecai (Billy Curtis) asks Clint Eastwood's Stranger at the end of Eastwood's 1973 western High Plains Drifter. "You know," he replies, before vanishing into the desert heat waves near California's Mono Lake. Adapting the amorally enigmatic and violent Man With No Name persona from his films with Sergio Leone, Eastwood's second film as director begins as his drifter emerges from that heat haze and rides into the odd lakefront settlement of Lago. Lago's residents are not particularly friendly, but once the Stranger shows his… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"As a director, Eastwood is not as good as he seems to think he is. As an actor, he is probably better than he allows himself to be."
‑ Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine
"Part ghost story, part revenge Western, more than a little silly, and often quite entertaining in a way that may make you wonder if you have lost your good sense."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"Eastwood holds fast to the rebel spirit of the spaghetti Westerns and revisionist "New Hollywood" Westerns of the previous decade, but packages it in a film that's slicker and more mainstream-friendly."
‑ Noel Murray, The Dissolve
"Whatever the reasoning, it is a gripping work, harsh and ahead of its time."
‑ , Film4
"Savory Eastwood western."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"Eastwood's second directorial effort is mechanically stylish."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Mysterious, sporadically comical, and classically Eastwood, High Plains Drifter is a wholly satisfying revenge saga that's askew enough to surprise as it exercises known elements."
‑ Brian Orndorf, Blu-ray.com
"Clint Eastwood's first Western as director is rather fascinating due to its quasi-supernatural component."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Eastwood registers strongly as actor and director of this revenge Western (yet another critique of High Noon), with a style that's influenced by his mentors, the economic efficiency of Don Siegel with touches of Sergio Leone's Spaghetti Westerns"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Clint Eastwood's second film as a director -- and his first western -- is a minor classic."
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"This was supposed to be Eastwood's fond adieu to the worlds of Sergio Leone and Don Siegel; and indeed he cuts the operatic excess of the former with the punchy economy of the latter."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"A shaky sophomore effort ... Eastwood would direct a far superior Western, The Outlaw Josey Wales, three years later."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"One of the best Westerns of the 1970s."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Clint Eastwood is the ultimate thinking man's cinematic killing machine."
‑ Brad Laidman, Film Threat
"Clint's a supernatural amoral mythical hero (of the pulp novel kind), bent on cruelty and getting revenge for a past misdeed."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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