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Pale Rider

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Original title
Pale Rider
Running time
113 min.
United States United States
Michael Butler, Dennis Shryack
Lennie Niehaus
Bruce Surtees
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Warner Bros. Pictures / Malpaso Company
Western | Remake
Synopsis / Plot
A cadre of men employed by powerful strip-miner Coy LaHood (Richard Dysart) rides into a small mining encampment and begins shooting up the place. One of the terrorists kills the dog of young Megan Wheeler's (Sydney Penny). As Megan buries her pet, she says a prayer, begging the Lord to send someone to defend them. Later Megan sits with her widowed mother (Carrie Snodgress) and reads from the Bible: "And I saw, and behold, a pale horse, and its rider's name was death, and hell followed him." Then a lone horseman (Clint Eastwood), dressed as a preacher, rides into camp to help the struggling miners fight off LaHood. The supernatural elements of the story are incidental and handled in a restrained, subtle manner that does not distract from the story but enhances it, bringing another dimension to the oft-told tale. Eastwood the director has delivered a thought-provoking, well-crafted western.
1985: Cannes Film Festival: Nominated for Golden Palm (Best Film)
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