High Plains Drifter
High Plains Drifter (1973)

"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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: August 22, 1973
DVD Release Date: February 24, 1998
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Critic Score: 96% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Clint Eastwood's sophomore outing as director sees him back in the saddle as a mysterious stranger, as the result is one of his most memorable Westerns.

Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine

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.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

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.

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Noel Murray
The Dissolve

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.

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Variety Staff

Eastwood's second directorial effort is mechanically stylish.

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Brian Orndorf

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.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Clint Eastwood's first Western as director is rather fascinating due to its quasi-supernatural component.

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Derek Adams
Time Out

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.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

A shaky sophomore effort ... Eastwood would direct a far superior Western, The Outlaw Josey Wales, three years later.

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TV Guide

One of the best Westerns of the 1970s.

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Flixster Audience Score: 85% Flixster User Reviews
Pierluigi Puccini
Eastwood at his most nihilistic and vicious. He comes out like an avenging ghost, a supernatural gunfighter collecting the souls of coward men for his return to… More
Jacob Ethington
This isn't your standard western in the slightest, which is why it works so well. I can't say too much beyond that without spoiling one of the coolest… More
Sajin P A
The Stranger fails to match up to The Man With No Name. But still it's a solid enough western flick. With a pinch of super-natural tone, High Plains… More
Reid Volk
A stranger rides into town. With no name and seemingly no agenda but pure barbarism, he is given carte blanche to fight off a band of invaders who have their… More
Kevin M. Williams
There's not many western/ghost stories in the movies despite the rich american tradition of the same ... and this tale of ominous revenge (a precursor to… More
Conner Rainwater
Stylistically, this is Clint Eastwood's greatest directorial effort. It just spares no expense at looking and acting cool, much like it's protagonist.… More

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