Pale Rider
Pale Rider (1985)

Director Clint Eastwood draws on his experience to put together a western with winning components: the bad guys are corporate jerks out for a profit at the expense of Mother Nature, the good guys are poor but independent gold miners… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: June 28, 1985
DVD Release Date: November 18, 1997
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Critic Score: 92% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Nearly a decade after The Outlaw Josey Wales, Clint Eastwood returns as a director to the genre that made his name with this elegant, spiritual Western that riffs on the classic Shane.

Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

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.

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Derek Adams
Time Out

It's good to be back in the saddle again.

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TV Guide

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.

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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine

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.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

[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.

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Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

His saddle bag is a mixed one, though Pale Rider still has the touch of quality associated with latter-day Eastwood. [Blu-ray]

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Variety Staff

It's all been seen before, but Eastwood serves it up with authority, fine craftsmanship and a frequent sense of fun.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

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.

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John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

...who else would you want coming to your rescue than the Preacher Man With No Name?

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Flixster Audience Score: 83% Flixster User Reviews
Chris Weber
This is essentially director/star Clint Eastwood's take on the western classic Shane. Set in Northern California in the late 1880s, this film follows a… More
Reid Volk
Not one of Eastwood's better westerns. While I love the supernatural elements that Eastwood plays with here, he did it much more effectively in High Plains… More
xGary Xx
A prospector's daughter has her prayers answered when a mysterious preacher with an uncanny knack for violence comes to town to defend her community from… More
Sajin P A
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Kevin M. Williams
Eastwood's iconic, death dealing stranger from nowhere stops to look back, tip his dusty hat in respect to a earlier shadow who came before and a long… More
Randy Tippy
<i>High Plains Drifter</i> lyte. A similar premise with supernatural implications and unmerciful vengeance.

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