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 skills as a gunfighter, they beg him to defend them against a group of outlaws (led by Eastwood regular Geoffrey Lewis) who have a score to settle with the town. He agrees to train them in self-defense, but Mordecai and innkeeper's wife Sarah Belding (Verna Bloom) soon suspect that the Stranger has another, more personal agenda. By the time the Stranger makes the corrupt community paint their town red and re-name it "Hell," it is clear that he is not just another gunslinger. With its fragmented flashbacks and bizarre, austere locations, High Plains Drifter's stylistic eccentricity lends an air of unsettling eeriness to its revenge story, adding an uncanny slant to Eastwood's antiheroic westerner. Seminal western hero John Wayne was so offended by Eastwood's harshly revisionist view of a frontier town that he wrote to Eastwood, objecting that this was not what the spirit of the West was all about. Eastwood's audience, however, was not so put off, and an exhibitors' poll named Eastwood a top box-office draw for 1973. ~ Lucia Bozzola, Rovi
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Grouping Titlehigh plains drifter
Grouping Authoruniversal pictures
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auth_author2Bloom, Verna, 1938-2019,
Bloom, Verna, 1938-2019.
Daley, Robert (Producer)
Eastwood, Clint, 1930-
Hill, Marianna, 1941-
Ryan, Mitchell.
Tidyman, Ernest.
author2-roleBloom, Verna,1938-2019,actor.
Bloom, Verna,1938-2019.
Daley, Robert(Producer)
Eastwood, Clint,1930-
Eastwood, Clint,1930-actor,director.
Hill, Marianna,1941-
Hill, Marianna,1941-actor.
MCA Home Video (Firm)
Malpaso (Company)
Ryan, Mitchell.
Tidyman, Ernest.
Universal Pictures (Firm)
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display_descriptionEastwood portrays a mysterious stranger who emerges out of the heat waves of the desert and rides into the guilt-ridden town of Lago.
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seriesUniversal western collection
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Feature films
Outlaws -- West (U.S.) -- Drama
Thrillers (Motion pictures)
Video recordings
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
West (U.S.) -- Drama
Western films
Western plays
title_displayHigh plains drifter
title_fullHigh Plains drifter [videorecording] / Universal Pictures, Malpaso Company
High plains drifter / a Universal/Malpaso Company production ; producer, Robert Daley ; written by Ernest Tidyman ; directed by Clint Eastwood
High plains drifter [videorecording] / a Universal picture ; a Malpaso Company production ; produced by Robert Daley ; written by Ernest Tidyman ; directed by Clint Eastwood
title_shortHigh plains drifter