Pale Rider (1985)

    This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse this site, you are agreeing to our Cookie Policy.

    Why not take a minute to register for your own free account now? Registration is completely free and will enable the use of all site features including the ability to join in or create your own discussions.

    There are 11 replies in this Thread. The last Post () by ShortGrub.

    • Pale Rider (1985)



      Information From IMDb

      Plot Summary
      Clint Eastwood is a mysterious preacher who comes to a gold mining camp near a small town in the mountains. The miners are in grave danger as a ruthless landowner decides to take their land, with the support of the sheriff. The only one who seems brave enough to save them is this preacher who came from nowhere and nobody knows his past or his real name. Why is the sheriff afraid of him? Why is he such a good shooter? Is he really a preacher?

      Clint Eastwood ... Preacher
      Michael Moriarty ... Hull Barret
      Carrie Snodgress ... Sarah Wheeler
      Chris Penn ... Josh LaHood (as Christopher Penn)
      Richard Dysart ... Coy LaHood
      Sydney Penny ... Megan Wheeler
      Richard Kiel ... Club
      Doug McGrath ... Spider Conway
      John Russell ... Stockburn
      Charles Hallahan ... McGill
      Marvin J. McIntyre ... Jagou
      Fran Ryan ... Ma Blankenship
      Richard Hamilton ... Jed Blankenship
      Graham Paul ... Ev Gossage
      Chuck Lafont ... Eddie Conway (as Chuck LaFont)
      Jeffrey Weissman ... Teddy Conway
      Allen Keller ... Tyson
      Randy Oglesby ... Elam (as Tom Oglesby)
      Herman Poppe ... Ulrik Lindquist
      Kathleen Wygle ... Bess Gossage
      Terrence Evans ... Jake Henderson
      Jim Hitson ... Biggs
      Loren Adkins ... Bossy
      Thomas H. Friedkin ... Miner Tom (as Tom Friedkin)
      S.A. Griffin ... Deputy Folke
      Jack Radosta ... Deputy Grissom
      Robert Winley ... Deputy Kobold
      Billy Drago ... Deputy Mather
      Jeffrey Josephson ... Deputy Sedge
      John Dennis Johnston ... Deputy Tucker

      And many others

      Writing Credits
      Michael Butler
      Dennis Shryack

      Also Produced by
      Fritz Manes .... executive producer
      David Valdes .... associate producer

      * Warren Clarke has said in an interview with TV Times that he was offered a role in this project

      * The first horse assigned to Richard Kiel collapsed the first time he climbed aboard. He was then assigned a stronger horse.

      * Preacher uses a Remington 1858 revolver, a percussion revolver with a top strap that allowed the entire cylinder to be removed, permitting the user to carry multiple loaded cylinders. This enabled the shooter to reload much more quickly than Colt percussion revolvers of the same time period.

      * Continuity: Amount of snow in town, and seasons in general.

      * Continuity: The stick of dynamite that Barret throws away after it is dropped by the Preacher explodes much too soon considering the length of the fuse still attached to it.

      * Continuity: When Barret throws a stick of dynamite into the tent, it lands near the front of the tent. The explosion comes from inside the tent. After the explosion the lit fuse of the thrown dynamite can clearly be seen.

      * Continuity: When Hull Barret rides into town by himself on the wagon he is fine. When riding out with The Preacher after the fight you can see a cast on his arm. It is also visible as he mounts the wagon. Back in camp, it's fine again.

      * Crew or equipment visible: During the final gunfight, one of the gunslingers walks under a roof overhang on the side of a building where what appears to be a pair of aluminum colored floodlight housings can be seen.

      * Miscellaneous: When Preacher splashes the man holding a lit match over Barret's wagon with a bucket of water, he actually fails to put the match out.

      * Continuity: In the final scenes where the Preacher searches out and shoots the Deputies, the Preacher is shown shooting one of the Deputies in the back and the Deputy falls forward onto what should be his front. We then see a Deputy with a bullet hole in his forehead, presumably put there by the Preacher, he staggers a little then falls face down. The next we see of the dead Deputy is that he is lying face up with a couple of the other Deputies walking slowly around the body while continuing to search out the Preacher.

      * Revealing mistakes: when the preacher approaches Stockburn he unlocks his fire arm to re-chamber it. The bullet chamber he chooses is empty yet he locks it in place and kills the Marshal Stockburn. The cylinder is visibly empty!

      * Revealing mistakes: When Megan picks up her dog which has just been shot dead the dog's body is stiff, an obvious prop.

      Memorable Quotes
      The Preacher: Nothing like a good piece of hickory.
      Coy LaHood: Sacramento ain't worth moose piss.
      Coy LaHood: Do you imbibe?
      The Preacher: Only after nine in the morning.
      Megan Wheeler: Preacher? Preacher? We love you Preacher... I love you!... Good-bye!
      The Preacher: Well, if you're waitin' for a woman to make up her mind, you may have a a long wait.

      Filming Locations
      Columbia State Historic Park - 22708 Broadway, Columbia, California, USA
      Railtown 1897 State Historical Park, Jamestown, California, USA
      (rail station)
      Sawtooth National Recreation Area, Idaho, USA
      Best Wishes
      London- England

      The post was edited 2 times, last by ethanedwards ().

    • Re: Classic Movie Westerns- Pale Rider (1985)

      Pale Rider is a 1985 American western film produced and directed by Clint Eastwood,
      who also stars in the lead role.

      The title is a reference to the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse,
      as the rider of a pale horse is Death.
      The film, which took in nearly $41 million at the box office,
      became the highest grossing Western of the 1980s.

      I think this is a superb movie, with it's religious
      undertones, and a ghostly feel, that makes for a dark,
      but captivating film.
      Clint Eastwood was at the top of his career,
      and at his very best, both as director and actor.
      He puts in a solid performance and also credit due,
      to his fine selection of support actors, many of which,
      were relatively unknown but turned in able performances.
      John Russell, was meancing as Stockburn.

      All in all, a classic western
      Best Wishes
      London- England

      The post was edited 1 time, last by ethanedwards ().

    • Re: Classic Movie Westerns- Pale Rider (1985)

      Pale Rider is no.2 behind The Outlaw Josey Wales as my favorite Eastwood western. Watching it, I almost get the feeling that he's darn near playing the same character he played in High Plains Drifter. Looked the same, acted the same, stranger coming from nowhere to take care of business. Only in this he was alot nicer to the folks he was protecting. Great movie, great cast.
    • Re: Classic Movie Westerns- Pale Rider (1985)

      I'm with you on that one. It is also high on my list of Clint movies. But it is third, behind Jose Wales and The Unforgiven. Very good acting and the scenery was pretty good too. I thought they did a good job of showing how terrible and ugly strip-mining is. But why did Clint have to go and sleep with Hull's sweetheart? I felt bad for the man. lol

      "I couldn't go to sleep at night if the director didn't call 'cut'. "
    • Re: Classic Movie Westerns- Pale Rider (1985)

      Hi Jim and Mark,
      Mark, Clint was very naughty doing that, to that nice man's sweetheart.
      I agree,with you about the comparison
      with Josey Wales, and here is our thread on,
      if you wish to review that movie

      Classic Movie Westerns- The Outlaw Josey Wales
      Best Wishes
      London- England

      The post was edited 2 times, last by ethanedwards ().

    • Re: Classic Movie Westerns- Pale Rider (1985)

      chester7777 wrote:

      Saw this one at Walmart the other day, think I''ll rent it first before buying.

      Chester :newyear:

      That's a wise decision on renting first before buying. On a scale of 1-10, i'd give this movie about a 2.
      Es Ist Verboten Mit Gefangenen In Einzelhaft Zu Sprechen..
    • Re: What Is The One Most Worst Western

      This thread sort of morphed into what is a genuine western. I don't believe Westworld, Futureworld or Paleface land in that category. Which leads me to ask what you gents (and ladies) think of High Plains Drifter and Pale Rider. They had overtones of ghost movies that aren't traditional.
      The moderators may want to start a new topic with this. Again, being a neophyte here, I hope this hasn't been covered in a thread I haven't yet found.

      We deal in lead, friend.
    • Re: What Is The One Most Worst Western

      In my opinion High Plains Drifter and Pale Rider are genuine Westerns that had a slight twist to make them interesting. The both deal with a mysterious stranger coming to town to dispense justice which is a mainstay plot device of westerns, the only difference is that these avenging angels are actually otherworldly.

      I never watched Drifter all the way through, but it seems to me that they are 2 sides of the same coin. For instance in "Drifter" Eastwood is a curse come to life and as such brings a reign of terror to the town. But in Pale Rider he is a blessing come to help those in need, and as such he restores instead of destroys.
    • Re: Classic Movie Westerns- Pale Rider (1985)

      The pale rider is not good, it is to deal stiff justice on the earth when unleashed upon the earth when Christ breaks opens one of the seals. That is the history or Bible behind the pale rider the movie uses for the theme.
      Clint though he does a good thing in removing the bad marshal is still a bad person, and thus that is why he slept with Hull's sweetheart.

      I like the movie, but it sits behind Josey Wales and Unforgiven in his western roles.