The fact that there are seven evil bounty hunters can be further interpreted as a reference to the book of Revelation where the number seven has strong thematic relevance. But the town is now safe to develop and flourish. Was he the man she once knew and thus this was some kind of closure for her? Another small detail comes late in the movie after Eastwood guns down Lahood's men in the general store. Is the scene with Mordecai at Jim Duncan's grave a contradiction to what Eastwood said later? For more about Pale Rider and the Pale Rider Blu-ray release, see published by Greg Maltz on September 23, 2008 where this Blu-ray release scored 3. That means Clint was 66 years old when he get his latest children with Dina Ruiz. At that moment, the Preacher arrives on horseback and rescues Megan, shooting Josh in the hand in the process. After one such raid in which her little dog is killed, 14-year-old Megan Wheeler, after burying the animal, kneels on the forest floor and asks God for deliverance.
Gun violence and lawlessness was, without a doubt, the dominant theme portrayed by the film Pale Rider. One final loose end remained—LaHood. The … horse was trained for racing at Los Alamitos, although I can't remember if he started or not. The marshal, for example, seems to be trying to remember where he has previously encountered this man. Megan, her mother Sarah Carrie Snodgress , landowner Hull Barret Michael Moriarty and a small community of miners are being terrorized by men working for greedy prospector Coy LaHood Richard Dysart. Megan Wheeler will die, but her descendants will live on.
In a small California mining town, some independent miners have staked a claim to a promising lode. But it also has a kind of weight and stature, a real presence, part of which comes simply from the spectacle of the Father of all still-active Western heroes on the screen again. Instead of filling each scene with his own image and dialogue, Eastwood uses sleight of hand: We are shown his eyes, or a corner of his mouth, or his face in shadow, or his figure with strong light behind it. So does it come as any surprise that its verses would be whispered on desperate lips of the violated and weary? With the average audio and video quality, the Pale Rider Blu-ray is recommended only for serious western and Clint Eastwood fans who don't mind a less-than-stellar outing from a time before he had perfected his craft as a director. As Blu-ray fare goes, it's a bit above average, and fully enjoyable. Most of the characters he has played in his life would have cut down those gangsters.
Also in almost all of the movies including Unforgiven he rides a white horse. This is a man who was not affraid of anything. Embedded in his back are several bullet holes. You see this not just in his lethal look, but in all the stuff surrounding him--desolate landscapes, whistling cold winds and portentous music on the soundtrack, The movie really raises the question of violence exactly through this picture of a devilish-killer good guy. This article contains spoilers for both High Plains Drifter and Pale Rider.
Parallels can be drawn to how God tests his followers in the Old Testament by withholding prophets for hundreds of years at a time, forcing them to test their faith and resolve. Anonymous Nathanael, if you have another chance to watch Pale Rider, note the music and Eastwood's eyes as he says that brief prayer. LaHood, watching from his office, aims a rifle at the Preacher, only to be shot and killed by Hull, who enters through a back door. It was the dead Marshalls Brother! Only discerning eyes will pick up on these problems. Granted, the heroes in westerns traditionally take on a larger than life, tall tale stature that the flying sticks were supposed to show. This represented a substantial change from earlier generations of cowboy hero, although as you can see from a movie like The Searchers the straightforwardly good cowboy hero was already on the way out before 1960. Ego comes with the territory.
Eastwood, who not only stars in ''Pale Rider'' but also directed it. Many consider the final shootout in Pale Rider one of the more highly stylized, and stylish, showdowns in the library of Eastwood westerns. Do you feel that there was a good building of tension and that the finale wrapped things up neatly? The banker would like to buy out the little miners, but, lacking that, he will use force to drive them off their land and claim it for his company. Spider Conway, a miner at the camp, recovers a large gold nugget and rides into town, where he yells drunken abuse at LaHood from the street. The horse Clint Eastwood rode in Pale Rider was an American Quarter Horse that was trained by Spud Proctor, who was an outrider on the Southern California horse racing circuit at the time 1980 or 1981.
Resurrection also is the key to ''Pale Rider. The pan miners are rooted in Carbon Canyon and LaHood desperately needs them to leave so he can claim their land as his own. Credit must be given to Eastwood, who has never received the recognition that he deserves as a great director. Advertisement Other things in the movie are not so subtle. With his work done, he must leave. In addition, a gang of thugs in the pay of an unscrupulous robber baron named LaHood, who is laying waste the virgin landscape by modern mining methods, is regularly harassing the Carbon Valley community in an effort to persuade the prospectors to give up their claims. In one scene, for example, the marshal's gunmen enter a restaurant and empty their guns into the chair where Eastwood had been sitting moments before.
In other words, if this was a self-serving act, it doesn't make sense in terms of a character with an otherworldly, spiritual role. The killing of Lahood's men is another moment when he disappears from where Lahood's men see him through the window and reappears behind them after they have fired all their bullets. It comes from somewhere transcendental. The final shootout closely resembles a Sergio Leone film. At the same time he appears as a minister—why? For all its faults Pale Rider remains a high water mark of the 1980s. Watch the initial scene when LaHood's men raid the miner's camp on horseback.