High Plains Drifter is a nervously-humorous, self-conscious near satire on the prototype Clint Eastwood formula of the avenging mysterious stranger. Script has some raw violence for the kinks and some dumb humor for audience relief. Eastwood's second directorial effort is mechanically stylish.

High Plains Drifter is a nervously-humorous, self-conscious near satire on the prototype Clint Eastwood formula of the avenging mysterious stranger. Script has some raw violence for the kinks and some dumb humor for audience relief. Eastwood’s second directorial effort is mechanically stylish.

Untidy patchwork script involves one of those towns with a collective guilt streak, having engineered the death-by-whipping of its honest marshal by some hoods who themselves were framed after getting out of hand. Into this setting rides Eastwood, emerging from heat waves (among other obvious evocations of films past) as a sort of archangel of retribution.

After establishing himself as a force to be reckoned with Eastwood is engaged by the town fathers to help defend them against the former local police who are being released from jail after their frame-up.

High Plains Drifter

Production

Malpaso/Universal. Dir Clint Eastwood; Producer Robert Daley; Screenplay Ernest Tidyman; Camera Bruce Surtees; Editor Ferris Webster; Music Dee Barton Art Dir Henry Bumstead

Crew

(Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1973. Running time: 105 MIN.

With

Clint Eastwood Verna Bloom Marianna Hill Mitchell Ryan Jack Ging Stefan Gierasch
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