Combustible Celluloid
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With: Clint Eastwood, Michael Moriarty, Carrie Snodgress, Chris Penn, Richard Dysart, Sydney Penny, Richard Kiel, Doug McGrath, John Russell, Charles Hallahan, Marvin J. McIntyre, Fran Ryan, Richard Hamilton, Graham Paul, Chuck Lafont, Jeffrey Weissman, Allen Keller, Randy Oglesby, Herman Poppe, Kathleen Wygle, Terrence Evans, Jim Hitson, Loren Adkins, Thomas H. Friedkin, S.A. Griffin, Jack Radosta, Robert Winley, Billy Drago, Jeffrey Josephson, John Dennis Johnston
Written by: Michael Butler, Dennis Shryack
Directed by: Clint Eastwood
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 116
Date: 05/01/1985

Pale Rider (1985)

3 1/2 Stars (out of 4)

Hell Followed Him

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

A re-watchable, sentimental favorite of mine from actor/director Clint Eastwood, who shot one scene in my hometown. Pale Rider is the flip-side of High Plains Drifter, with Eastwood playing a mysterious preacher (as opposed to the devil) who arrives from nowhere to help a group of prospectors threatened by a large mining company. It's a lightweight, easygoing affair, reminiscent of some of Hawks' or Ford's lesser Westerns. An interesting selection of cult character actors turn up in small roles, including Chris Penn, Richard Kiel and Billy Drago.

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