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High Plains Drifter
Definitely no Outlaw Josey Wales. This movie kind of lumbers along with a cast of reprehensible characters. Including Clint. Come on: he rapes a woman. That's not heroic; it's criminal and perverse. The lone stranger archetype doesn't mesh with The Drifter, who is a selfish sociopath. No mystery, no allegory, only a clammy overrated film without any value to the genre.
High Plains Drifter
Eastwood's second film as Director and star is an allegorical and gothic revenge tale. Eastwood is a drifter who returns to the town that stood by while he "died," begged to protect the town from a group of gunmen. The photography and score add an eerie mood to the film, Eastwood's West is tougher and more chilling. An entertaining and haunting morality tale. I give it a 4.5/5.
One more from the Man with No Name
Clint Eastwood directs himself in this gripping tale where he repeats his role as the "Man with No Name". A mysterious stranger rides into the small town of Lago arousing suspicion. He proeceeds to shoot three gunmen who pester him in a barber shop and then rapes the town floozy. Clearly, he is not one to trifle with.The townspeople need his help badly. Three outlaws are about to be relased from prison for horsewhipping the town marshal to death. The outlaws have nothing but revenge on their minds. So here comes the Stranger the rescue who whips the town into shape, much to the resentment of some.It is revealed that the town's largest employer, a mining company is operating illegally on government land. If this information is turned over to the goverment, the mine would have to shut down. The Marshal is about to reveal this, when the outlaws whip him. They were hired by the corrupt townspeople and later sent to prison. In a bizzare twist, The Stranger has a picnic prepared for the outlaws, The entire town is painted red and renamed "Hell".Retribution is swift coming for the outlaws and the corrupt townspeople. But no one knows for shure who The Stranger is. Is he a ghost? Is he the dead Marshals brother? No one knows for shure.