High Plains Drifter: A Review

HighPlainsDrifterDirected By: Clint Eastwood
Starring: Clint Eastwood
Status: Released

Clint Eastwood’s second outing as Director was a definite crowd pleaser.

Adapting his enigmatic and violent “Man With No Name” persona that he made famous in Sergio Leone’s dollars trilogy, Clint Eastwood stars as “The Stranger” who emerges from the haze riding into the odd lakeside settlement of Lago. The locals are not particularly friendly but after The Stranger demonstrates his abilities as a sharpshooter, they beg him to defend them against a group of outlaws who have a personal score to settle with the town. He offers to train them in self defense but some people begin to suspect he has a personal agenda of his own. By the time the Stranger makes the corrupt community paint itself red and renames it “Hell” is is very clear that he is not just another gunslinger.

You know despite some of the negative publicity this film received after it was released (I read somewhere that John Wayne wrote to Clint Eastwood stating this wasn’t how westerns were done) This has gone on to be one of Eastwood’s best works as director and one of his fans’ most favourite in his western catalogue (I personally make this in my top 3 along with Hang ‘Em High and Two Mules For Sister Sara) He Became a star with Rawhide and really hit his stride with his westerns in my opinion

Clip “Target Practice” courtesy: MovieClips:

Clint Eastwood has done it again, in what would become a string of successful films as director. The idea of trying to re-create the Man With No Name character from A Fistful Of Dollars was very appealing to me. The writers were careful to borrow as much stylistically as they could from Sergio Leone’s films without passing themselves as complete rip-offs and Eastwood does such a good job portraying The Stranger one cannot help but be amazed. And Ennio Morricone’s musical score is truly a wink to The Good, The Bad & The Ugly (which Morricone also scored)

My Rating: 4/5 Stars: Some Scenes Got Repetitive but Overall It Was Enjoyable


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