DVD 106 mins IMDB 7.5 (5,447 votes)
High Plains Drifter
Universal Studios (1973)
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(8/27/2005 )

John Wood
Drama, Thriller, Western
USA  /  English

Verna Bloom Sarah Belding
Clint Eastwood The Stranger
Mariana Hill
Mitchell Ryan
Marianna Hill Callie Travers
Mitch Ryan Dave Drake (as Mitchell Ryan)
Jack Ging Morgan Allen
Stefan Gierasch Mayor Jason Hobart
Ted Hartley Lewis Belding
Billy Curtis Mordecai
Geoffrey Lewis Stacey Bridges, Outlaw
Scott Walker Bill Borders, Outlaw
Walter Barnes Sheriff Dan Shaw
Paul Brinegar Lutie Naylor
Richard Bull Asa Goodwin
Robert Donner Preacher
John Hillerman Bootmaker

Director Clint Eastwood
Producer Robert Daley
Writer Ernest Tidyman; Dean Riesner
Cinematography Bruce Surtees
Musician Dee Barton
User Credit 1 Ferris Webster

They'd never forget the day he drifted into town.

Clint Eastwood's second film as director, High Plains Drifter returns the actor to his familiar scene of the Old West and his familiar role of "The Man With No Name." Eastwood portrays a mysterious stranger who emerges out of the heat waves of the desert and rides into the guilt-ridden town of Lago. After committing three murders and one rape in the first 20 minutes, The Stranger is hired by the town to protect it from the three gunmen just out of jail. The Stranger then paints the town bright red, and renames it "Hell'" and supplies Devine retribution in a fiery climax.

Edition Details
Barcode 025192015229
Region Region 1
Chapters 16
Release Date 4/29/2003
Packaging Keep Case
Screen Ratio Widescreen 2.35:1 Color
Subtitles Spanish
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Mono [CC]
FRENCH: Dolby Digital Mono
Layers Single Side, Single Layer
No. of Disks/Tapes 1

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Talent Bios
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Personal Details
Purchase Date 8/27/2005
User Lookup 1 DVD Copy
User Text 2 They'd never forget the day he drifted into town.
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Trivia: Other headstones bear the names of Don Siegel (Eastwood's director on five films, four of which preceded this one), and Brian G. Hutton (director of Where Eagles Dare (1968) and Kelly's Heroes (1970)). Patrick McGilligan's 2002 Eastwood biography quotes the star as saying, "I buried my directors." (more)

Goofs: Anachronisms: When the stranger is riding into town, a road can be seen off to the right going down to the lake. But the tracks are too wide for a stagecoach, and were clearly made by modern tires. (more)

[first lines]
The Stranger: Beer... and a bottle.
Bartender: Ain't much good, but it's all there is.
[brings drinks]
Bartender: You want anything else?
The Stranger: Just a peaceful bar to drink in.