A hard but mediocre cop is assigned to escort a prostitute into custody from Las Vegas to Phoenix, so that she can testify in a mob trial. But a lot of people are literally betting that they won't make it into town alive.
Nun Sara is on the run in Mexico and is saved from cowboys by Hogan, who is preparing for a future mission to capture a French fort. The pair become good friends, but Sara never does tell him the true reason behind her being outlawed.
A gold mining camp in the California foothills is besieged by a neighboring landowner intent on stealing their claims. A preacher rides into camp and uses all of his powers of persuasion to convince the landowner to give up his attacks on the miners. Written by
David J. Kiseleski <firstname.lastname@example.org>
This is the last Clint Eastwood Western where he plays the type of role that made him a movie star: A nameless character (known in this movie as the Preacher). It would also mark the last time he would ever have a beard in a movie (though he did have some facial hair when we first see him in Unforgiven). See more »
When Hull drives off in his cart after visiting town and being saved from a beating by the Preacher, a modern white bandage and finger splint can be seen on Hull's left hand. It disappears in later shots. See more »
A pale, shameless and unnecessary remake of George Stevens's classic 1953 Western "Shane," down to its homesteaders-versus-cattlemen story (here gold-panners-versus-sluice-miners) being told through the eyes of an adolescent so taken with a mysterious gunfighter-come-from-nowhere to help the humble underdogs that he/she idolizes the gunfighter more than his/her parents.
"Pale Rider" is a handsome film, shot in the Rocky Mountain high country, with a more than competent cast, but it's also thin and bloodless, and utterly lacking in any real feeling, tension or reason for being.
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