PALE RIDER
1985, Warner Bros., 115 min, USA, Dir: Clint Eastwood

Clint Eastwood produced, directed and starred in this taut Western, one of the most successful of the 1980s. A group of California prospectors are harassed by a powerful mine owner until a mysterious stranger known only as “Preacher” (Eastwood) rides into town to help defend them. With evocative cinematography by Bruce Surtees and solid supporting performances from Michael Moriarty, Carrie Snodgress and Chris Penn.


UNFORGIVEN
1992, Warner Bros., 131 min, USA, Dir: Clint Eastwood

Eastwood once again directs Eastwood, this time as reformed killer William Munney, a widowed single father trying to keep his farm. When a young loudmouth who idolizes Munney tells him about a reward for killing some sadistic cowboys who have cut up a whore, Munney finds himself being dragged back into the old life. Enlisting reluctant old comrade Ned (Morgan Freeman), the trio heads for town, unaware of its brutally self-righteous sheriff, Little Bill (Gene Hackman). This harrowingly dark and beautiful film is one of the most complex, uncompromising Westerns ever made, and it won four Oscars in 1993, including Best Picture and Best Director. "…a classic Western for the ages…a tense, hard-edged, superbly dramatic yarn that is also an exceedingly intelligent meditation on the West, its myths and its heroes..." -Todd McCarthy, Variety


THE OUTLAW JOSEY WALES
1976, Warner Bros., 135 min, USA, Dir: Clint Eastwood

Long considered an Eastwood masterpiece, WALES tells the story of a farmer (Eastwood) who sets out to avenge the murders of his family. With a refreshing blend of heart-pounding action, complex characters and offbeat humor, the film still stands as one of the greatest Westerns ever to hit the screen.


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