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Story

Clint Eastwood's second film as a director (and his first Western) is a variation on the "man with no name" theme, starring Eastwood as the drifter known only as "the Stranger." He rides into the desert town of Lagos and is quickly attacked by three gunmen. Recovering with the aid of a local dwarf (a memorable role for Billy Curtis), the Stranger is hired by the intimidated townsfolk to fend off a band of violent ex-convicts. After teaching the citizens self-defense and instructing them to paint the entire town red and rename it "Hell," the Stranger vanishes. He reappears when the marauding criminals arrive, and delivers justice and teaches the townsfolk a harsh lesson about moral obligation. Is he a figure from their past or a kind of supernatural avenger? Combining humor with action, High Plains Drifter is both a serious and tongue-in-cheek tribute to the Westerns that made Eastwood a household name. The digital video disc offers standard and widescreen formats and a remastered soundtrack. --Jeff Shannon

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Widescreen

Cast

Clint EastwoodThe Stranger
Verna BloomSarah Belding
Marianna HillCallie Travers
Mitch RyanDave Drake
Stefan GieraschMayor Jason Hobart
Geoffrey LewisStacey Bridges
Richard BullAsa Goodwin
Robert DonnerPreacher

  • Genre: Western
  • Theme(s): Wild West
  • Director: Clint Eastwood
  • Producer: Universal
  • Length: 105 mins
  • Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaAug 22, 1973
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
    Europe18
    AustraliaR
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaMay 6, 2003
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