Pale Rider
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A mysterious and possibly otherworldly stranger comes to the rescue of a frontier town in this Western, which was strongly influenced by the George Stevens classic, Shane. The peace of a small mining community is shattered when Coy LaHood (Richard Dysart), the ruthless proprietor of a powerful strip-mining company, arrives in town with his son Josh (Christopher Penn) and a posse of hired guns to drive out the townspeople and take control of the territory. Megan (Sydney Penny), a young girl whose pet was killed in the melee, prays to God for someone to defend the village from the marauders;… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

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"Though the metaphysical overtones of the screenplay are sometimes awkwardly handled and Eastwood's direction of actors (other than himself) is occasionally uncertain, this was one of the better American films of 1985."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"It's good to be back in the saddle again."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"It had been so long since a quality western had hit America's screens that it appears as if Eastwood purposely set out to remind audiences of all the elements that make the genre work."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"It's a lightweight, easygoing affair, reminiscent of some of Hawks' or Ford's lesser Westerns."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"A severely underrated western, one of Eastwood's most stylish."
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
"Pale Rider does nothing to disprove the wisdom that this genre is best left to the revival houses. A double feature of Shane and Eastwood's High Plains Drifter will do just fine, thanks."
‑ Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine
"[Eastwood] understands so well how he works on the screen that the movie has a resonance that probably was not even there in the screenplay."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"His saddle bag is a mixed one, though Pale Rider still has the touch of quality associated with latter-day Eastwood. [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"Eastwood's mythic Western divided film critics: Some were baffled by the audacity of his playing a religious figure, while others claimed he was just embodying the mysterious knight-stranger, a common character in classic Westerns."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Clint's return to westerns is just ok."
‑ Michael A. Smith, Nolan's Pop Culture Review
"It's all been seen before, but Eastwood serves it up with authority, fine craftsmanship and a frequent sense of fun."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"I'm just now beginning to realize that, though Mr. Eastwood may have been improving over the years, it's also taken all these years for most of us to recognize his very consistent grace and wit as a filmmaker."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"...who else would you want coming to your rescue than the Preacher Man With No Name?"
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"Not Clint's best western, but entertaining enough."
‑ Alex Sandell, Juicy Cerebellum
"One of Eastwood's best oaters"
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
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