History Film / PaleRider

29th Jun '16 1:04:49 PM Mdumas43073
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[[RecycledPremise No, this is not]] ''Film/{{Shane}}''. This is '''''Pale Rider''''', a 1985 {{Western}} directed by and starring Creator/ClintEastwood. Eastwood is cast as a [[NoNameGiven Preacher With No Name]] who crosses paths with a band of hapless gold miners hoping to strike it rich. The miners are often harassed by thugs hired by [[BigBad [=LaHood=]]], the CorruptCorporateExecutive of a local mining company, who hopes to drive them off the land.

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[[RecycledPremise No, this is not]] ''Film/{{Shane}}''. This is '''''Pale Rider''''', ''Pale Rider'', a 1985 {{Western}} directed by and starring Creator/ClintEastwood. Eastwood is cast as a [[NoNameGiven Preacher With No Name]] who crosses paths with a band of hapless gold miners hoping to strike it rich. The miners are often harassed by thugs hired by [[BigBad [=LaHood=]]], the CorruptCorporateExecutive of a local mining company, who hopes to drive them off the land.
4th Jan '16 8:10:50 PM Mdumas43073
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-->-- '''[[Literature/BookOfRevelation Revelation]] 6:78'''

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-->-- '''[[Literature/BookOfRevelation Revelation]] 6:78'''
6:78 (KJV)'''
4th Jan '16 8:09:37 PM Mdumas43073
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-->-- '''[[Literature/BookOfRevelation Revelation]] 6:78'''
4th Jan '16 8:05:45 PM Mdumas43073
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[[RecycledPremise No, this is not]] ''Film/{{Shane}}''. This is ''Pale Rider'', a Western directed by and starring Creator/ClintEastwood. Eastwood is cast as a [[NoNameGiven Preacher With No Name]] who crosses paths with a band of hapless gold miners hoping to strike it rich. The miners are often harassed by thugs hired by [[BigBad [=LaHood=]]], the CorruptCorporateExecutive of a local mining company, who hopes to drive them off the land.

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[[RecycledPremise No, this is not]] ''Film/{{Shane}}''. This is ''Pale Rider'', '''''Pale Rider''''', a Western 1985 {{Western}} directed by and starring Creator/ClintEastwood. Eastwood is cast as a [[NoNameGiven Preacher With No Name]] who crosses paths with a band of hapless gold miners hoping to strike it rich. The miners are often harassed by thugs hired by [[BigBad [=LaHood=]]], the CorruptCorporateExecutive of a local mining company, who hopes to drive them off the land.
26th Dec '15 1:53:39 PM n341100
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* Don'tFearTheReaper: The Preacher seems to represent one of The Four Horsemen, Death specifically. It's to interpretation if he really is human, though.

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* Don'tFearTheReaper: DontFearTheReaper: The Preacher seems to represent one of The Four Horsemen, Death specifically. It's to interpretation if he really is human, though.
26th Dec '15 1:52:26 PM n341100
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*Don'tFearTheReaper: The Preacher seems to represent one of The Four Horsemen, Death specifically. It's to interpretation if he really is human, though.


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* WeirdWest: The Preacher could be interpreted as an otherworldly being. When Megan prays for a miracle, he turns up the next day, and the scars on his back show that he once survived being shot six times.
4th Dec '15 1:18:37 PM fruitstripegum
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* HeelFaceTurn: Initially content to be a {{Mook}} for [=LaHood=], [[spoiler: Club turns around upon witnessing Megan's near-assault by Josh [=LaHood=], and then helps The Preacher and Hull destroy the [=LaHood=]Hood mine system.]]



* HeelFaceTurn: Initially content to be a {{Mook}} for [=LaHood=], [[spoiler: Club turns around upon witnessing Megan's near-assault by Josh [=LaHood=], and then helps The Preacher and Hull destroy the [=LaHood=]Hood mine system.]]



* TitleDrop: "[[AsTheGoodBookSays I looked and there before me was a pale horse. Its rider was named Death.]]"



* TitleDrop: "[[AsTheGoodBookSays I looked and there before me was a pale horse. Its rider was named Death.]]"
13th Aug '15 7:34:31 PM BenMitchell90
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[[RecycledPremise No, this is not]] ''Film/{{Shane}}''. This is ''Pale Rider'', a Western directed by and starring Creator/ClintEastwood. Eastwood is cast as a [[NoNameGiven Preacher With No Name]] who crosses paths with a band of hapless gold miners hoping to strike it rich. The miners are often harassed by thugs hired by [[BigBad La Hood]], the CorruptCorporateExecutive of a local mining company, who hopes to drive them off the land.

Most of the miners are about to give in--except for [[PluckyGirl spunky protagonist Megan]], her mother, and their friend Hull Barret--when the Preacher shows up. The Preacher intervenes on Hull's behalf, saving him from La Hood's {{mook}}s. With some convincing from Hull and Megan, the rest of the miners unite behind the Preacher against La Hood. Unfortunately, La Hood also recognizes the threat posed by the Preacher and in retaliation he hires [[TheDragon Stockburn]], a corrupt [[USMarshal marshal]] with a deadly posse. It seems as though Stockburn and the Preacher have a history.

The film is notable for being one of the very few Eastwood films to have strong religious and supernatural overtones. Many of its elements are derived from or similar to earlier Eastwood Westerns, namely ''Film/DollarsTrilogy'' and ''Film/HighPlainsDrifter''.

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[[RecycledPremise No, this is not]] ''Film/{{Shane}}''. This is ''Pale Rider'', a Western directed by and starring Creator/ClintEastwood. Eastwood is cast as a [[NoNameGiven Preacher With No Name]] who crosses paths with a band of hapless gold miners hoping to strike it rich. The miners are often harassed by thugs hired by [[BigBad La Hood]], [=LaHood=]]], the CorruptCorporateExecutive of a local mining company, who hopes to drive them off the land.

Most of the miners are about to give in--except for [[PluckyGirl spunky protagonist Megan]], her mother, and their friend Hull Barret--when the Preacher shows up. The Preacher intervenes on Hull's behalf, saving him from La Hood's [=LaHood=]'s {{mook}}s. With some convincing from Hull and Megan, the rest of the miners unite behind the Preacher against La Hood. [=LaHood=]. Unfortunately, La Hood [=La=]Hood also recognizes the threat posed by the Preacher and in retaliation he hires [[TheDragon Stockburn]], a corrupt [[USMarshal marshal]] with a deadly posse. It seems as though Stockburn and the Preacher have a history.

The film is notable for being one of the very few Eastwood films to have strong religious and supernatural overtones. Many of its elements are derived from or similar to earlier Eastwood Westerns, namely ''Film/DollarsTrilogy'' ''The Film/DollarsTrilogy'' and ''Film/HighPlainsDrifter''.



* BadassPreacher: Comes with having ClintEastwood play him. [[spoiler: Even before he takes up his guns,]] he manages to keep the La Hoods at bay via mental intimidation.

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* BadassPreacher: Comes with having ClintEastwood play him. [[spoiler: Even before he takes up his guns,]] he manages to keep the La Hoods [=LaHoods=] at bay via mental intimidation.



* CoveredInScars: Early in the film, we see Preacher's bare back, riddled with bullet wound scars. Considering how nasty they look, it's one of our biggest hints of Preacher's supernatural nature.



* DefeatMeansFriendship: [[spoiler: Club ends up helping the Preacher in one of the last fights of the film, grabbing [=LaHood's=] son as he's about to shoot Preacher InTheBack.]]

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* DefeatMeansFriendship: [[spoiler: Club ends up helping the Preacher in one of the last fights of the film, grabbing [=LaHood's=] son Josh [=LaHood=] as he's about to shoot Preacher InTheBack.]]



* TheDragon: Stockburn, when he shows up, becomes this to La Hood.
%%* TheDrifter
* DuelToTheDeath: The finale ends up being Stockburn vs. Preacher

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* TheDragon: Stockburn, when he shows up, becomes this to La Hood.
%%* TheDrifter
[=LaHood=].
* TheDrifter: Preacher appears to be this. However, it's strongly hinted that he's an agent of divine retribution.
* DuelToTheDeath: The finale ends up being Stockburn vs. PreacherPreacher.



* HeelFaceTurn: Initially content to be a {{Mook}} for La Hood, [[spoiler: Club turns around upon witnessing Megan's near-assault by one of the La Hood sons, and then helps The Preacher and Hull destroy the La Hood mine system.]]

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* HeelFaceTurn: Initially content to be a {{Mook}} for La Hood, [=LaHood=], [[spoiler: Club turns around upon witnessing Megan's near-assault by one of the La Hood sons, Josh [=LaHood=], and then helps The Preacher and Hull destroy the La Hood [=LaHood=]Hood mine system.]]



* TheGunslinger: The Preacher seemingly ''was'' one, [[spoiler: and takes up his guns again to defeat Stockburn and La Hood.]] Stockburn and his men also count.
* HiredGuns: Hull sort-of hires The Preacher with room and board. La Hood hires Stockburn and his boys.

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* TheGunslinger: The Preacher seemingly ''was'' one, [[spoiler: and takes up his guns again to defeat Stockburn and La Hood.[=LaHood=].]] Stockburn and his men also count.
* HiredGuns: Hull sort-of hires The Preacher with room and board. La Hood [=LaHood=] hires Stockburn and his boys.



* KickTheDog: The thugs [[{{Anvilicious}} shoot a girl's pet puppy]] in the opening scene. Later on, Stockburn's gang [[spoiler: kills one of the miners.]]

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* KickTheDog: The thugs shoot a cow and [[{{Anvilicious}} shoot a girl's Megan's pet puppy]] in the opening scene. Later on, Stockburn's gang [[spoiler: kills one of the miners.miners just for mouthing off.]]



%%* PrecociousCrush: Megan to Preacher.
%%* {{Prospector}}

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%%* * PrecociousCrush: Megan to Preacher.Megan, who is 14, has one on Preacher, who is her elder by a significant margin (Eastwood was 55 at the time of filming).
%%* {{Prospector}}* {{Prospector}}: The film is all about them, with a contrast between the more primitive methods of Hull's struggling, sympathetic tin-panner community and the more advanced (and destructive) methods of the villainous [=LaHood=]'s mining company.



%%* RomanticRunnerup: Hull for Sarah, [[spoiler: initially. She comes to accept his proposal upon realizing it would never work out between her and The Preacher.]]

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%%* * RomanticRunnerup: Hull for Sarah, who is clearly more interested in Preacher after she gets to know him. [[spoiler: initially. She However, she comes to accept his Hull's proposal upon realizing it would never work out between her and The Preacher.]]



%%* StockQuotes: See TitleDrop
%%* TookALevelInBadass Hull

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%%* * StockQuotes: See TitleDrop
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TitleDrop. Notably, as Megan recites that passage, we see Preacher ride up outside the house.
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TookALevelInBadass HullHull. [[spoiler: In the film's climax, he accompanies Preacher to attack [=LaHood=]'s mining camp with sticks of dynamite. A little later, he's the one who takes out [=LaHood=] while Preacher takes care of Stockburn and his men.]]


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* VillainousCheekbones: John Russell put his high cheekbones to good use as the antagonistic Stockburn.
10th Aug '15 4:51:28 PM BenMitchell90
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* RecycledPremise: The film can come across as a loose remake of ''Film/{{Shane}}''.

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* RecycledPremise: The film can come across as a loose remake of ''Film/{{Shane}}''. Furthermore, with the heavily implied supernatural nature of The Preacher and the haunting main theme, it's also quite similar to Eastwood's directorial debut ''Film/HighPlainsDrifter'', albeit [[LighterAndSofter much less dark and nihilistic.]]
30th Jan '15 8:26:02 PM RushLimborg
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* BadassPreacher: Comes with having ClintEastwood play him. [[spoiler: Even before he takes up his guns,]] he manages to keep the La Hoods at by mental intimidation.

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* BadassPreacher: Comes with having ClintEastwood play him. [[spoiler: Even before he takes up his guns,]] he manages to keep the La Hoods at by bay via mental intimidation.



* CombatPragmatist: The Preacher is quite clever with his use of surroundings. And instead of fighting the giant when they first meet, he manipulates him to help split a rock he an Hull were trying to break.

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* CombatPragmatist: The Preacher is quite clever with his use of surroundings. And instead of fighting the giant Club when they first meet, he manipulates him to help split a rock he an Hull were trying to break.


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* HeelFaceTurn: Initially content to be a {{Mook}} for La Hood, [[spoiler: Club turns around upon witnessing Megan's near-assault by one of the La Hood sons, and then helps The Preacher and Hull destroy the La Hood mine system.]]
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