He orders the hotel owner and his guests to vacate the premises, leaving him its sole occupant. The Bridges gang arrives and easily overcomes the inept resistance of the townspeople. Meanwhile, Bridges and his gang are on their way to Lago. But it does work in Westerns, where the only law is the law of the gun. The clincher is at the end when Mordecai is finally marking Duncan's head stone and he asks for the stranger's name to which the stranger tells him that he already knows it.
Within minutes of arriving into town, he has killed three people without much provocation and committed rape. He befriends only a midget named Mordecai Billy Curtis , making him sheriff and mayor. By nightfall the town is in flames, and the terrified citizens are huddled in the saloon. Bridges shoots several of the civic leaders who double-crossed them. He agrees to help the townspeople, but does so with his own secret agenda.
Plot A mysterious stranger rides out of the desert into the isolated mining town of Lago, on the shore of a small lake in an unnamed western territory. If the stranger was Duncan's brother he wouldn't appear and disappear into thin air as he rides on the plains, he wouldn't have any idea as to Sarah's actions during the Marshall's murder, and he wouldn't tell Mordecai that they already know one another. He's become a man on a journey, and we are along for the ride. That isn't the American people who settled this country. Cast: Clint Eastwood, Verna Bloom, Billy Curtis, Marianna Hill, Mitch Ryan, Jack Ging, Stefan Gierasch, Ted Hartley, Geoffrey Lewis, Scott Walker, Walter Barnes, Robert Donner, William O'Connell Writers: Ernest Tidyman, Dean Riesner uncredited Music: Dee Barton Cinematographer: Bruce Surtees Producer: Robert Daley Director: Clint Eastwood Review by Carlo Cavagna t has been said that any story can be reduced to one of two basic plots: a person goes on a journey, or a stranger comes into town.
Sheriff Sam Shaw approaches the Stranger and offers him the job previously held by the men he killed: defending the town from Bridges and the Carlins, who are about to be released from jail. He once lived in a basement as was mentioned by the killer in one of his letters. The conflict is set: the stranger versus almost everyone else, in confrontations that are as much psychological as they are physical. He agrees to train them in self-defense, but Mordecai and innkeeper's wife Sarah Belding Verna Bloom soon suspect that the Stranger has another, more personal agenda. Sympathizing with Eastwood's antihero in High Plains Drifter is more of a challenge than in some of Eastwood's other films, because he is even less likeable than usual. Rape-Revenge Films: A Critical Study.
Her actions with the stranger are her own and she is not forced or humiliated in any way. Production Notes : Universal wanted the film to be shot on the studio lot. A mysterious sound is heard in the street; when Cole Carlin walks outside to investigate, everyone listens in horror as he is whipped to death. Cracks in the Pedestal Ideology and Gender in Hollywood. The Stranger learns that the townspeople were complicit in Duncan's murder; they hired the outlaws to kill him after he discovered that the town's only source of income, the mine, was on government land.
The camera studies the stranger through the eyes of the townspeople. The Stranger harasses them with dynamite and long-range rifle fire, leaving them to ponder the identity of their attacker. Additional scenes were filmed at 's and California's. The dialog that the stranger has with Sarah Belding after they sleep together insinuates that she knows or suspects that he is Jim Duncan returning to avenge his death and teach the town a lesson. The Stranger instructs the townspeople in defensive tactics, but they clearly lack the skills or courage for the job. The film was well received by many critics, and rates 96% positive on. It coalesces into a silhouette of a man on horseback, galloping directly at us.
Lake as Dan Carlin as Jake Ross as Gunsmith as Marshall Jim Duncan as Sheriff Sam Shaw as Cole Carlin as Saddlemaker as Asa Goodwin as Townswoman as Lewis Belding as Preacher as Mordecai. Complete buildings, rather than facades, were built, so that Eastwood could shoot interior scenes on the site. The screenplay was written by Ernest Tidyman, who had just won an Oscar for The French Connection. The camera austerely records the stranger's activities as he turns in for the night. American Rebel: The Life of Clint Eastwood. Three men follow him into the saloon, taunting him, then follow him to the barbershop.
The butt of the other townspeople's cruelty and jokes, Mordecai—and the Native Americans to whom the stranger shows kindness—are the meek, who, the New Testament tells us, will inherit the earth. Attractive townswoman Callie Travers deliberately bumps into him in the street, knocks his cigar from his mouth, and loudly insults him. It begins with a stranger riding into town: we see a scorched plateau, then a shadow in the wavy distant heat vapors. Seminal western hero John Wayne was so offended by Eastwood's harshly revisionist view of a frontier town that he wrote to Eastwood, objecting that this was not what the spirit of the West was all about. The long opening segment, in which the stranger approaches the town of Lago and slowly rides though it, continues to switch between the two points of view. He drags her into the livery stable and rapes her. Holes in the plot were filled in with black humor and , influenced by.
But just as the movie pushes us away from the stranger, it sides with him again as the camera follows him into his hotel room. Many of the buildings were complete and three-dimensional, so that interiors could be shot on location. Simplicity, however, does not mean one-dimensionality. Tidyman's screenplay was inspired by the real-life in in 1964, which eyewitnesses reportedly stood by and watched. The character of Marshal Duncan was played by Buddy Van Horn, Eastwood's long-time stunt double, to suggest that he and the Stranger could be the same person. He also orders that every building in town be painted blood red. But once he shows his skills with a pistol, the locals realize he may be able to help them fend off a band of criminals who have been terrorizing the town.
Clint Eastwood and Issues of American Masculinity. It's a genre made for severe parables of justice and retribution like High Plains Drifter. He shared many characteristics of the Zodiac killer, such as having the same kind of typewriter as the one used by the killer. He is a mysterious, hardened, probably dangerous drifter with unknown intentions. When he reaches us, we follow as he makes his way toward a settlement on the edge of a broad lake. Eastwood refused, and had a whole town built in the desert near Lake Mono in the California Sierras.