As he did in his Sergio Leone trilogy, Clint Eastwood portrays a nameless drifter, here called ‘Preacher’, who descends into the middle of a struggle between some poor, independent gold prospectors and a big company intent upon raping the beautiful land for all it’s worth.
Borrowing from Shane, ‘Preacher’, so dubbed because he initially appears wearing a clerical collar, moves in with a group consisting of earnest Michael Moriarty, his somewhat reluctant lady friend Carrie Snodgress and her pubescent daughter Sydney Penny.
Preach pulls the threatened community together and inspires them to fight for their rights to the land rather than give up.
It’s all been seen before, but Eastwood serves it up with authority, fine craftsmanship and a frequent sense of fun. This film is graced not only by an excellent visual look and confident storytelling, but by a few fine performances, led by Eastwood’s own.